WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Junior attacker Wick Stanwick (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) scored five goals to lead the #4 ranked Georgetown University Hoyas to a 15-6 season-opening victory over the University of Richmond Spiders in women's lacrosse action on Friday, March 1, on Kehoe Field. Senior attacker Carrie Aitkin led the Spiders with three goals on the afternoon.
Georgetown dominated the first half, outscoring Richmond 8-2. Senior midfielder Kate Ahearn (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) opened the scoring just 53 seconds into the game with an unassisted goal, and junior attacker Tracy Weickel (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) struck next when she picked up a pass from Stanwick to fire one into the net to put the Hoyas up 2-0. Richmond got on the scoreboard at 16:56 with an unassisted tally from Aitken to make the score 2-1. Freshman midfielder Allison Chambers (Valley Cottage, N.Y./Nyack) scored her first goal as a Hoya with 13:21 on the clock to give GU a 3-1 lead, and Ahearn made it 4-1 with an unassisted goal at the 9:43 mark. Alexis Brandolini finally answered for the Spiders with 8:08 remaining in the first stanza, but it would be Richmond's last goal of the half. The Hoyas reeled off four straight goals, starting with senior All-American attacker Erin Elbe (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) at the 6:58 mark. Stanwick stepped up to score back-to-back goals at 6:08 and 4:56, and Weickel found the back of the net for her second goal of the day with 1:40 left in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Gloria Lozano (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickly Academy) was credited with the assist. The Hoyas took an 8-2 lead into the intermission.
Richmond came out firing in the second half with junior attacker Katie Dolan taking a feed from sophomore Libby Berlacher to score at 28:43 to made the score 8-3, but Lozano responded five minutes later with two consecutive goals at 23:49 and 22:05 to give the Hoyas a 10-3 advantage. Ryan earned the assist on Lozano's first goal, and the second came off a free position shot. With 21:24 to go, Aitkin struck for her second goal of the day to pull the Spiders to within six (10-4), however, the Hoyas went on a five-goal run to take a 15-4 lead. Stanwick tallied three of GU's five goals during that scoring run, and Elbe and Ryan recorded the other two. It would be the Spiders who would close out the scoring on the day, with Aitken posting her third goal of the contest with 1:27 remaining. Sophomore attacker Holly Purcell ended the game with an unassisted goal with just two-tenths of a second on the clock to make the final score 15-6 in favor of the Hoyas.
Senior Chandler Vicchio (Baltimore, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) and junior Claire Foster (Grasonville, Md./Severn School) shared goalkeeping duties to earn the victory for Georgetown. Vicchio was called on to make four saves on the day and had four goals scored against her, while Foster posted one save and allowed two goals. Junior goalie Kelly Johnson made 11 saves for Richmond and allowed 15 goals. Georgetown outshot Richmond 28-10 and held a 5-4 edge on free positions. The Hoyas also held a 10-9 advantage on draw controls.