The Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (3-7, 1-0 Big East) won its first conference game against Vanderbilt (4-7, 0-2 Big East) Saturday afternoon in Nashville.
The Hoyas won 7-5 for their third consecutive road victory. Georgetown, which now holds an 8-0 all-time record against the Vanderbilt, outshot the Commodores 29-23 while the teams tied with seven draw controls and 15 ground balls each.
Freshman attack Taylor Gebhardt scored a hat trick, putting her at 12 goals for the season. Four other Hoyas scored one goal each, including senior attacks Corinne Etchison and Kelsey Perselay, freshman midfielder Francesca Whitehurst and freshman midfielder Morgan Ryan. Georgetown also proved more efficient in free-position shots, securing 2-of-6, while Vanderbilt was unable to convert on any of its three attempts.
Etchison stressed the importance of this win and the morale boost it brought to her team.
“The win was really important. It was our first conference game, which is very important, but in general since we only had two wins coming in, it helped us build momentum,” Etchison said. “We struggled a little in the first half in the season, but this is definitely a confidence booster for us.”
Junior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher and senior goalkeeper Megan McDonald made a combined nine saves. McDonald has made 35 saves this season for a .398 winning percentage, while Fisher has saved 30 for a .349 winning percentage. For Vanderbilt, junior goalie Callahan Kent had her seventh game of the season with 10 or more saves, stopping 13 shots during her time in goal.
Etchison praised her team’s defense, as well as the contributions made by her goalkeepers.
“Offensively, we didn’t shoot well, but I think we moved the ball really well and started to work together more. On the defensive end, the goalies came up with huge saves and our defense was great overall and forced a lot of turnovers. We looked okay in the first half and were struggling shooting but we really saw the defense help the offense pick it up in the second half,” Etchison said.
The Hoyas opened the scoring less than a minute into the contest, beginning a 4-0 run. The Commodores earned their first goal when redshirt attack Kelly Chandler scored her first of two goals. Vanderbilt began a scoring streak of its own, steadily chipping away at Georgetown to cut the lead to one. Georgetown managed to earn an additional goal, making the score 5-3 entering the second half.
The Commodores pushed back the Hoyas’ defense to tie the score at 5-5 five minutes into the second half, but the Hoyas quickly responded. The Blue and Gray fired four shots in the next two minutes and finally connected with the net off a goal from Gebhardt, assisted from junior attack Kate Snoufer. Six minutes later, Ryan extended Georgetown’s advantage with a free position goal.
Though Georgetown did not put up any more goals in the remaining seven minutes of the game, it held off any Vanderbilt comeback attempts, ending the contest at 7-5.
Next, the Hoyas will play the No. 2 Florida Gators (11-1, 2-0 Big East) in a conference matchup at Cooper Field on Saturday afternoon. Florida defeated Vanderbilt 16-2 earlier in the season and just came off a 10-9 win over Big East opponent Temple (8-3, 0-1 Big East) on Saturday.
Head Coach Ricky Fried hopes the Hoyas will take some momentum into their upcoming matchup against the Gators.
“A lot of it is taking confidence away from coming away with a win, and making sure that we’re working on passing the ball and making sure that Florida doesn’t get out in transition against us, because we want to make it a slow game on either end,” Fried said.
The game is scheduled for noon at Cooper Field.