A Hail Mary goal by Johns Hopkins in the final second of play Feb. 26 led to a 15-14 loss for the No. 25 Georgetown women’s lacrosse team. Earlier in the week, the Blue and Gray came out on top 12-10 against the Drexel Dragons in another tight game.
The Hoyas (2-2) took on the Dragons (1-2) in Philadelphia on Saturday, Feb. 22. Georgetown came out of the gates strong, scoring three goals in the first two minutes. The first two tallies came from the stick of senior attacker Michaela Bruno in under two minutes of play before senior midfielder and leading scorer Natalia Lynch grabbed a third goal 30 seconds later.
The scoring then subsided for a bit, until Drexel scored a pair of goals with 15 minutes left in the half. Bruno then got a hat trick, bringing the score to 4-2. The half closed with two more goals from Lynch and one from Bruno as the Hoyas conceded two tallies to the Dragons to head into halftime up 7-4.
The second half saw a reversal of offensive momentum as Drexel grabbed the lead after scoring four straight goals in the first six minutes. With a one-goal deficit, Georgetown fought to retake the lead after another six minutes of play, recording a pair of goals from sophomore midfielder Annabelle Albert and sophomore attacker Celia Walsh to bring the score to 9-8. Drexel then tied the game at 9-9 with 15 minutes left to play off an assisted goal.
In the highly contested match, the Hoyas put away the Dragons with three more goals to build an insurmountable lead. Drexel attempted a comeback, bringing the game to 12-10, but ultimately failed to pull off the win as the Blue and Gray claimed its second victory of the year. Senior goalkeeper Micheline DiNardo got the win between the posts with seven saves to Drexel’s 13 saves.
Georgetown then took on John Hopkins (2-2) at home Wednesday afternoon. The Blue and Gray did not open the matchup with an early scoring streak as it had in its earlier games this season. Instead, the Blue Jays got onto the scoreboard first with a tally in the third minute of play. The Hoyas, however, followed up quickly with a goal of their own in the sixth minute. About five minutes later, Georgetown found itself with its first lead of the game at 2-1 off an assisted tally by sophomore attacker Ali Diamond in a man-up opportunity.
The first half remained tightly contested as neither team took more than a one-point lead in the remaining 20 minutes. Following a bout of back-and-forth scoring, the Hoyas went into halftime down 7-6.
The second half had more lopsided scoring as both teams went on large scoring runs. Johns Hopkins had the first of these runs, outscoring Georgetown 5-2 in the first 15 minutes of play in the second half. These offensive efforts gave the Blue Jays the largest lead of either team in the game at 12-8. The Hoyas slowly chipped away at the deficit with a 3-2 run over the next 10 minutes of play.
Down 14-11 with four minutes left to play, Georgetown scored three straight goals to tie the game at 14-14 with 37 seconds remaining as victory came within reach.
The Hoyas, however, suddenly faltered in the final 30 seconds of play. Georgetown had a chance to take the lead following a timeout, firing off a shot with nine seconds remaining that found the Johns Hopkins’ keeper. The Blue Jays’ keeper then launched the ball up the field on a Hail Mary, leading to a last-second goal that just barely beat the buzzer to give Johns Hopkins the 15-14 victory.
Diamond led the team on the day with four goals while Albert and Lynch also finished with hat tricks. Lynch set a Georgetown single-game record with 14 draw controls.
The Blue and Gray outshot the Blue Jays but was unable to get enough saves in net. Georgetown used two goalies who combined for just two saves compared to 13 saves by Johns Hopkins. Finally, the Hoyas lost the turnover battle, finishing with 16 turnovers while the Blue Jays had 13.
Despite being ranked at 19 to start the season, the Hoyas will most likely fall out of the top 25 with a record of 2-2 after this week’s performances.
Following the loss to Johns Hopkins, Georgetown looks for redemption Saturday, Feb. 29, at home against Delaware (0-2). Faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Cooper Field.