Field Hockey | Skonecki Stars in Shutout Victory

FILE PHOTO: ISABEL BINAMIRA/THE HOYA Sophomore forward Megan Parson scored the Hoyas’ only goal in their 1-0 win over Lehigh. Parsons scored three goals for Georgetown last season.

FILE PHOTO: ISABEL BINAMIRA/THE HOYA
Sophomore forward Megan Parson scored the Hoyas’ only goal in their 1-0 win over Lehigh. Parsons scored three goals for Georgetown last season.

The Georgetown field hockey team (4-3) split decisions on the road last weekend, losing to Lock Haven (7-1) 4-1 but downing Lehigh 1-0. Georgetown’s loss to Lock Haven ended its three-game winning streak.

Sophomore forward Megan Parsons scored three goals last season for the Hoyas and was the lone goal scorer against the Bald Eagles Saturday, converting an assist from junior defender Devin Holmes from inside the circle.

“It was a team effort,” Parsons said. “My teammate passed the ball across the circle, and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. What we worked on in practice really came through, which is how we got the goal together.”

Parsons’ goal tightened the game to 2-1, as Lock Haven senior forward Rachel Valentine scored back-to-back goals 13 minutes into the game. Georgetown had strong momentum heading into the second half, but goals by freshman midfielder Noelle Kephart and junior midfielder Lydia George gave Lock Haven a solid lead for the rest of the game. Georgetown had six shots in total, including four by senior forward Sarah Butterfield. Junior goalie Rachel Skonecki had five saves and the defense limited Lock Haven to one penalty corner.

“We dug ourselves into a hole early in the first half by allowing two goals within a minute of each other,” Head Coach Shannon Soares said to GU Hoyas. “We fought back well, putting them under a significant amount of pressure in the latter part of the first half and were able to make it a 2-1 match at the half.”

Georgetown bounced back Sunday, beating Lehigh for the first time since 2011. Freshman midfielder Sam Hickey scored her first collegiate goal off an assist from Parsons with three minutes left in the first half. The score remained 1-0 going into the second half and the rest of the game, as the Georgetown defense held strong after Lehigh had three penalty corners in a row but failed to convert.

The Hoyas stopped 13 total corners, and Skonecki had her best game of the season, making 14 saves after the Mountain Hawks had 11 shots in the second half. Butterfield had two shots on goal, as did junior forward Aliyah Graves-Brown.

The Hoyas’ next game is away against Towson (1-7) on Friday, and Parsons made it clear that the team is focused on improving as its season continues.

“Our games this weekend were a great way to learn and show us what we need to work on,” Parsons said. “We’re at a great point so far in our season, and I think our emphasis will be finishing in the circle and capitalizing on the opportunities that we have. We did that a little this weekend, but there is always room to do more of that. We’ve been getting the ball up the field and now we just have to work on finishing and getting the ball into the cage.”

The team’s mentality and work ethic has been crucial to its success in the midst of a series of road games.

“We spent all weekend preparing for our games,” Parsons said. “On Sunday, we really put this into action and capitalized on what was given to us and fought for the full 70 minutes.”

The game against Towson will start at 6 p.m. in Towson, Md.

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