Feiss’ Heroics Not Enough as [13/13] Pioneers Fall to Georgetown, 9-7
Sophomore buries five second-half goals as Denver unable to overcome 7-2 first half deficit
April 22, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Needing a spark on the offensive end after a slow first half, the [13/13] University of Denver women’s lacrosse program got five second-half goals from sophomore Julia Feiss on Saturday at Cooper Field against Georgetown. Unfortunately, the outburst wasn’t enough as the Pioneers (12-3, 6-2 BIG EAST) fell to the Hoyas (9-7, 7-1 BIG EAST) at 9-7.
Feiss finished with five goals on seven shots to go with one ground ball, while fellow sophomore Katherine Fischer and junior Caitlin Derry were the other Pioneer members to tally a marker in the contest.
Senior Layne Voorhees had a hand in every phase of the game as she closed with five ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers, while classmate Maddy Stevenson took the decision with eight saves in 60 minutes.
GU had a mirror look from Morgan Ryan and Francesca Whitehurst as the pair closed with five points each. Ryan’s points came on four goals and one assist as reigning BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week Whitehurst posted 1 goal and four assists along with seven draw controls. Maddy Fisher took the win for the Hoyas with eight saves.
Denver’s offense struggled to get in gear in the first half, facing a potent Georgetown defense and a never-ending stream of light rain from the skies, while the Hoyas potted the first three goals of the contest from Ryan, Whitehurst and Taylor Gebhardt.
DU got on the board with 25:40 remaining in the first as Fischer took a feed from sophomore Kendra Lanuza, while Derry’s marker followed suit minutes later for a 3-2 GU lead at 21:16. The Hoyas were undeterred, however, as they closed the frame on a 4-0 run for a 7-2 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
The Pioneers’ defense stood fast in the second half, holding Georgetown scoreless through 18 minutes while Feiss rifled home her first two goals of the contest to cut the lead to 7-4 with 19:19 to play.
GU finally ended the drought at 11:51 as Ryan potted her hat trick and followed up with her fourth of the day seconds later for a 9-4 Hoya lead at 11:05.
Feiss took it upon herself to will DU back into the contest, rattling off a trio of goals by 7:40 to cut the lead down to two, but the Crimson and Gold ran out of gas and time as Georgetown held on for the 9-7 final.
Denver will close the 2017 regular season next Friday, April 28, when Cincinnati visits Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for DU’s senior day. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on Altitude with Brad Thompson and Megan Zeman on the call.
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