After months of preparation, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team opened a new season on the road, losing 10-9 to the University of Delaware
Sophomore midfielder Morgan Ryan led the Hoyas’ (0-1) offensive efforts with three goals. Freshman midfielder Emily Ehle and sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhart had two goals each, and junior midfielder Rachel Rausa scored one goal, while senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher had 14 saves in the loss.
Delaware junior midfielder Becky Gohsler scored a game-high six goals for the Blue Hens (1-0), and junior goalkeeper Taylor Carpentier stopped three shots, including one with 1:05 left in the game. The Blue Hens outshot the Hoyas 27-14 and forced 21 Georgetown turnovers.
Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried attributed the loss to unforced errors.
“The biggest thing is that we had too many unforced turnovers — too many mistakes that were ours that we weren’t forced to make. It’s a positive and negative. If we clean those up, we will be very good,” Fried said.
Despite the loss, Coach Fried did see some positives from the Hoyas this Saturday.
“The two biggest positives were …. our goalie play and just the fight our team showed throughout the game — kind of a back-and-forth — and we came in, and at the end of the day, made too many errors and put ourselves in a position that ended up giving us a loss at the end of the game,” Fried said.
Up 4-3 at halftime, Delaware came out in the second half firing, scoring within two minutes. Georgetown answered back twice, tying the game at five. After another tally, the Hoyas completed a 3-0 run and led the Blue Hens by one, 6-5. It was the last lead Georgetown would have in the game.
Delaware tied the game a minute later and took the lead a minute after that to make the score 7-6. The teams would trade goals until Delaware scored its 10th goal with 4:31 left in the game. Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst made the Hoyas’ last shot with 1:05 left, but the Delaware goalkeeper made a critical save to seal the win for the Blue Hens.
The Hoyas are back in action against the George Washington Colonials (0-1) this week. Coach Fried said that the team must focus on improving key aspects of its game.
“Decision-making and stickwork are the two biggest areas of concern, or emphasis, I guess: making sure we take care of the ball, clear the ball better and give ourselves a better opportunity to make positive plays,” Fried said.
Junior midfielder Jocelyn Donohue scored a team-high four goals in the Colonials’ last game against Monmouth, which also
came down to the wire, with Monmouth scoring in the final seconds of the game to win 16-15.
Georgetown’s next game against GWU is at 3 p.m. Wednesday at GWU’s Mount Vernon campus.