FIELD HOCKEY | Georgetown to Celebrate Senior Night Early
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 22:10
The Georgetown field hockey team (2-10, 0-2 Big East) will end its longest home stand of the year this weekend, tackling Big East rival Rutgers (5-7, 0-4 Big East) Friday and non-conference opponent Cornell (4-6, 2-1 Ivy League) Sunday.
While the games give Georgetown a chance to pick up its first conference win and break its six-game skid, the team is approaching things one game at a time.
“[Our] expectations are to go out and play each game looking for a win,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said.
The Hoyas will have to make some changes, particularly capitalizing on goal-scoring opportunities, if they are to get past the Scarlet Knights.
“[We will] tweak a few things to work in our favor,” Marsh said.
Two years ago, Georgetown pulled away with a 4-3 overtime win against Rutgers but fell on a last-minute goal last season.
“The girls really remember that and are taking that into the game,” Marsh said.
Cornell poses a different test for Georgetown, which is hoping to tack a third win onto its overall record. Despite the poor results so far, Marsh and the players believe that they have shown considerable improvement as the season has gone on.
“We are finally at a point in this season where we’re playing solid team hockey,” Marsh said.
Aside from field hockey, the weekend’s first game will have importance off the field. While many Georgetown teams participate in charitable fundraisers, the third annual Stick-it-to-Cancer game means more to Marsh’s team than most.
Senior Kimberly Keating overcame a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the summer of 2011 to return to play this season. Sadly, cancer also struck the team this year, when senior Laura Thistle’s father, Dan, died in June.
As part of the fundraising for today’s event, the team has already raised more than $10,000.
“It’s pretty near and dear to our hearts,” Marsh said.
The Cornell game also will serve as senior night for the Hoyas, although the final home game will be played on Oct. 19 when Georgetown takes on Syracuse.
Making a difference with their Stick-it-to-Cancer game and preparing to honor the team’s ten seniors have contributed to a buoyant atmosphere for the Blue and Gray.
“It’s been a very positive week at practice,” Marsh said. “There’s a lot of excitement around this weekend, it’s going to be a great atmosphere.”
The Hoyas will play the Scarlet Knights at 7 p.m. Friday before facing the Big Red on Sunday at 4 p.m.