FIELD HOCKEY | After More Losses, Georgetown Looks to Rebound in Midwest
Published: Friday, September 21, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012 00:09
After losing its first two home games this past weekend, Georgetown’s field hockey team (2-6, 0-1 Big East) is back on the road once again for a pair of weekend matches in the Midwest.
First up for the Hoyas is Big East foe Louisville (5-3), which is fresh off of two overtime losses in East Lansing, Mich. The Cardinals will be the second conference rivals the Blue and Gray have faced so far, after they lost to Providence, 5-2, a week ago.
The Big East is one of the top leagues for field hockey again this season, with Syracuse and Connecticut sitting in the top 10 nationally. Since Louisville lost by a mere 2-1 count to No. 19 Michigan State in their most recent game, Georgetown is sure to have its work cut out for it.
“Louisville is a really strong Big East opponent,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said. “It is going to be a tough game.”
In order to capture the all-important victory, the Hoyas will need a big effort from their seniors, three of whom — forwards Annie Wilson and Catherine Shugrue and midfielder Kimberly Keating — sit atop the team in scoring this season. Wilson, leading the way in points, has scored only one goal but has added five assists. Both Shugrue and Keating have recorded three goals apiece, although each has failed to record an assist.
While Louisville seems like a daunting task for Georgetown, the Blue and Gray will catch something of a break when they play Miami of Ohio (2-6) on Sunday.
“When we are traveling to Louisville or Connecticut, we are always picking up another team to play,” Marsh said. “It just so happens that Miami of Ohio is pretty close to Louisville. It’s only a two-hour drive.”
Although the RedHawks, like the Hoyas, have a losing record, they are 1-0 at home. In a key win earlier this season, however, they defeated Big Ten foe Ohio State.
“[Despite their record,] Miami of Ohio is doing really, really well,” Marsh said. “It will be a really rough weekend for us.”
While the results so far this year have brought about only a single win, Marsh noted nonetheless that she has seen improvement from her team.
“It is going to be a challenge this weekend, but we feel like we are up for it and ready to go,” she said.
Georgetown takes on Louisville at 6 p.m. tonight before traveling to Oxford, Ohio, to take on Miami at 11 a.m. Sunday.