April 18, 2018
WASHINGTON - The No. 23/RV Georgetown University women's lacrosse team scored a goal in the final 30 seconds of regulation to down the University of Connecticut Huskies (7-8, 3-4 BIG EAST), 15-14, Wednesday afternoon at Cooper Field in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in league play with two conference games remaining.
Junior attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) was the difference in the final seconds as she forced a Husky turnover in the midfield and then fired in the game-winning goal with 24 ticks remaining as the Hoyas managed a late 4-1 run over the final six minutes to pick up the victory.
"I'm really excited about the win and that we found a way to pull it out against a team that played really hard today," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "At this time of year, it's not about being in better shape, it's about focusing and being locked in mentally during practice so we don't have some of the errors that we had today."
Gebhardt led the way for the Blue & Gray with four goals and three assists. Classmate Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) posted three goals and two assists, while senior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) managed two goals and two assists. Reigning BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) scored two goals with one assist as well as six draw controls, while graduate student Cristina McCarthy (Rockville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross/James Madison) tallied two goals in the contest.
Junior goalkeeper Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) notched 12 saves, and junior defender Josephine Zinn (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) had four caused turnovers in the game.
Grace Nolan led the way for the Huskies with eight goals and two assists for the contest.
Georgetown opened the scoring in the second minute as sophomore attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) found Gebhardt next to the cage to make it 1-0. Seibel then went to Gebhardt again who shot behind the back to score as the Hoyas were cruising. UConn answered at 26:47, but it was Seibel who found the answer to make it 3-1 in favor of the Blue & Gray.
The Huskies staged a 4-0 run to take a two-goal lead at the 21:42 mark, and force a Hoya timeout. Lynch came out of the timeout and quickly scored an unassisted tally. Freshman Caroline Frock (Westminster, Md./Westminster) then added one to tie the game at five. It was only knotted up for a few seconds, however, as Nolan scored on a free position shot to regain the UConn lead.
Ryan scored at 16:46 to tie it back up, and following a scoring drought by both teams, McCarthy scored her first of the contest as GU took the lead, 7-6. The Huskies answered right back, but it was Lynch who took it on her own to make it 8-7. Georgetown would ride that lead into the break.
McCarthy and Seibel scored back-to-back goals to open the second half. Ryan then added one at 19:58 as the Hoyas took their largest lead of the game to that point, 11-7. Nolan added a quick two goals sparking a 6-0 UConn run to take the lead, 13-11.
The Hoyas finally ended the run with a goal from senior attacker Sarah Cheney (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) with less than seven minutes remaining, and Ryan scored on the assist from Gebhardt from behind the goal to tie the game at 13 with 5:32 left in the game and forcing a UConn timeout.
The squads traded goals in the final three minutes of the game as it would come down to who had possession last. This set up the final play as Frock tallied her third assist of the contest on the game winner to Gebhardt making the final, 15-14.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Saturday as the squad hosts the Marquette Golden Eagles in their final home conference game of the season. The opening draw is scheduled for noon at Cooper Field. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) with Monika Moore calling the action and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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