The Georgetown women’s lacrosse team downed two Big East Conference foes this week. Last Saturday, Georgetown triumphed 16-10 over Cincinnati in Ohio. The win marked the Hoyas’ second league victory for the season, with their only loss of the season to Florida on March 24.
“It was a big conference win today,” Head Coach Ricky Fried said. “We competed well in all aspects and had contributions from many different players.” In fact, 11 different Hoyas scored.
Cincinnati (6-5, 0-4 Big East) scored the first goal of the game, but fewer than 10 seconds later, junior attack Taylor Gebhardt answered with a goal off an assist from sophomore midfielder Natalia Lynch. Gebhardt’s goal, one of two for her in the game, propelled Georgetown (7-4, 3-1 Big East) into an unanswered five-goal run.
During the run, sophomore attack Michaela Bruno scored her first of two goals. Bruno led the Georgetown squad Saturday with two goals and three assists for a five-point game.
The next two goals were tossed in by freshman midfielders: Caroline Frock and Mary Pagano both scored to push Georgetown ahead by two. Frock had two total goals and an assist against the Bearcats.
Senior captain midfielder Hannah Seibel also scored once before Cincinnati finally answered. Seibel’s goal was off an assist from junior attack Morgan Ryan. Ryan finished the game with four points, composed of three goals and her assist. Seibel finished with three points — two goals and an assist.
The Hoyas dominated in many aspects, outshooting the Bearcats 41-31. Georgetown also obtained 15 draw controls, while Cincinnati only secured 13. In addition, Georgetown’s defense forced 16 turnovers and committed 14 of their own.
On Wednesday, the squad travelled to Colorado to take on another Big East opponent. In a strong showing from the Hoyas’ defense, the team topped the university of then-No. 24 Denver Pioneers (7-4, 3-1 Big East) in a close and exciting 8-7 win. The win is Georgetown’s second this season over a ranked opponent.
Fried gave nod to his strong defensive unit against Denver.
“Our defense was stellar all day, and [junior goalie] Haelle [Chomo] came up big at the end,” Fried said. “We’re excited to come away with a conference win on the road, and I’m very proud of our ability to overcome adversity today.”
The Hoyas led the entire day, beginning with a quick 3-0 lead. The adversity Fried mentioned began in the final six minutes of regulation time, when Denver went on a sudden three-goal run, shrinking Georgetown’s lead to one goal with a little over three and a half minutes left to play.
The Blue and Gray stuck together and stopped the Pioneers from netting any more goals, tying the game. Chomo made a save with just under 30 seconds left on the clock, and a successful clear secured the win for the Hoyas. Chomo had eight saves over the course of the game against Denver.
Gebhardt and Bruno each scored a hat trick and had an assist. Ryan tallied a goal and an assist, and Lynch also scored a goal.
Defensively, junior defender Josie Zinn forced three turnovers. The Hoyas forced 23 turnovers total. Georgetown raked in 19 ground balls to Denver’s eight and received 20 fouls to Denver’s 30.
Georgetown returns to action Saturday to take on the Butler Bulldogs (1-11, 0-4 Big East). The opening draw is set to be at 11:30 a.m.