The Georgetown women’s lacrosse team opened its season against Delaware to dreary weather on Thursday afternoon, but the result for the Blue and Gray was a bright one.
The No. 18 Hoyas (1-0) topped the Blue Hens (2-2), 16-7, to start their highly anticipated season off on the right foot. Still, the final score only tells a small part of the story.
Delaware, already playing its fourth game on the season, unsurprisingly looked more poised than the Hoyas following the opening whistle. The Hens nabbed two quick goals in the opening minutes that put the Blue and Gray in an early hole.
“We probably had a little jitters coming in, just because it’s the first game,” Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried said. “[When you] put the uniform on, things change a little bit.”
Georgetown didn’t panic, though. And once the butterflies disappeared, the Hoyas went to work, closing out the first half on a dominant 7-0 run to go ahead by five at the break.
Three of the Hoyas’ seven goals during that stretch came courtesy of junior attack Dina Jackson. A second-team all-Big East selection last season and a preseason all-Big East pick this year, Jackson began her junior campaign with a bang. She added to her first-half hat trick with one more tally in the second.
“Dina’s our offensive leader,” Fried said. “We rely on her to step up and not only call the offense but still play at a high level, and she’s kind of working herself into that role.”
Still, Jackson and her teammates’ fierce reaction to Delaware’s early lead didn’t do much to quell the visitors, who responded with two more goals to cut the Georgetown lead to three.
Junior midfielder and Tewaaraton Award watch list member Sophia Thomas, who had been uncharacteristically quiet in the first half, stopped the bleeding for the Hoyas with her first goal of the year. Sophomore attack Jody Cumberpatch and senior midfielder Erin Lovett followed Thomas with goals of their own, transforming a once-precarious lead into a comfortable six-goal cushion.
“I thought the players did a really nice job of not reacting to their momentum and just continued to plug away. Even when things weren’t particularly going great for us, they stayed true to the game plan,” Fried said.
Attempting to answer back, Delaware put three in the net before a 6-0 run by the Blue and Gray ended all hopes of a comeback.
The Hoyas chalked up 53 shots on the game (33 on goal) to Delaware’s 22, but Fried felt that his team still left a few potential goals out on the field.
“We really moved the ball well. Easy opportunities opened up for us,” he said. “And while I thought their goalie played well, I think we could have stuck a few more of those shots [in the net],” Fried said. “Obviously, we feel very good, coming away with a victory.”
The Georgetown women’s next test — and first Big East action — of the season awaits Saturday, as they travel to Villanova, Pa., to take on the Wildcats. The action is slated to start at noon.