Despite struggling during the last few games, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team defeated Big East rival Marquette last Saturday, ending a six game skid that saw the Hoyas struggle to play up to competition. The Blue and Gray improved to 4-7 (1-1 Big East) following the 12-5 victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles. Meanwhile, the visitors fell to 5-6 (1-1 Big East) with their loss to Georgetown.
Georgetown won off of an impressive defensive performance, particularly in the second half, where Marquette’s offense was utterly stifled. Despite two Marquette goals at the end of the first half to bring the score to 5-5 at the break, Georgetown’s defense stiffened up, allowing not a single goal for the rest of the game, while only allowing a meager two shot attempts after the midpoint. Marquette struggled offensively for much of the game as a result, a detail that is reflected in the twenty turnovers they committed on the day.
Despite Georgetown’s impressive second half performance, the half began on an ominous note for the Hoyas. At the beginning of the second half, Georgetown’s defense suffered a major lapse, as Marquette was given a breakaway opportunity to take the lead, only to be stymied by freshman Maddy Fisher, whose excellent performance earned her the first victory of her Georgetown career.
Following Fisher’s exemplary save, the Hoyas seemed to take back the momentum, allowing them to go back on a 7-0 run to close out the game, a run that would prove decisive. Following the critical save, senior Kelyn Freedman, who notched six goals on the day, would give Georgetown the lead they would never give back. Freedman, along with senior Meghan Farrell, junior Mollie Caputo, junior Sammy Giordano, and senior Jody Cumberpatch would all add goals, leading to the decisive 12-5 result.
This critical victory will hopefully allow the Hoyas to get back on track, after having lost six consecutive games, three of which were by a single goal. As Georgetown continues on its Big East schedule, they will head to Storrs, Connecticut to face the Huskies of the University of Connecticut (7-4, 2-0 Big East), before finishing their roadtrip in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where they will face off against a struggling Rutgers team0 (6-6, 0-2 Big East).