The Hoyas played perhaps their best match of the season Tuesday night, yet it wasn’t quite enough. The young Georgetown squad (0-10) fell 2-1 to Rider University (3-6) in a home overtime contest at the University of Maryland Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Georgetown fell behind 1-0 late in the first half but received a timely goal from senior forward Maggie Farrand halfway through the second period to send the match into overtime. A quick strike by the Broncs’ Virginia Egusquiza only five minutes into the extra frame, however, sent the Hoyas to their 10th loss of the season.

“We came out a little flat, but we picked it up in the second half,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said in a press release. “Our real momentum came at the end of the second half but we ran out of time and had to go to overtime.”

The first period was all Broncs, as Rider outshot Georgetown seven to one and received six penalty corners to the Hoyas’ zero. A goal by Rider’s Amanda Barretta opened the scoring in the 31st minute, but three saves by senior goalkeeper Dee Crovo kept the Hoya deficit at one entering halftime.

An even second period followed, as neither team was able to do much of anything early. In the 59th minute, however, the Hoyas broke through with Farrand’s one-timer from the right side of the net. The goal was set up by freshman midfielder Meggie Taylor, who maneuvered through a number of defenders before delivering a pass to Farrand.

“I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Farrand said in a press release. “It was great stick work by Meggie, just going into the circle. [It is] something she’s been trying to bring into games that she does really well in practice.”

The match stayed even until Egusquiza’s unassisted strike in the 76th minute, which left the Hoyas still in search of their first victory of the season.

Suiting up only 15 players, including eight freshmen, the Hoyas have had a shorter bench than most of their opponents this season. Still, Marsh saw many positives from Tuesday’s game – notably the fact that the team is competing well with such a small number of players.

“They’ve worked so hard since preseason because they know they have to,” Marsh said. We don’t have the numbers to give them a break, [but] they’re in shape for sure.”

Farrand agreed, noting that the team’s style of play will help as the season wears on.

“The worst thing you can do is have a small team and wear down halfway through the season,” she said. “I think we’re being really smart about being efficient during practices and then letting the ball do the work during the game.”

Georgetown will need to be efficient this weekend. The Hoyas travel to Connecticut tomorrow to face off against a Huskies team (9-1, 1-1 Big East) that is ranked fourth nationally. Game time is set for noon.

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