FIELD HOCKEY | GU in Search of First Win
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 00:09
Heading into the 2013 season, the Georgetown field hockey team (0-4) expected to make a comeback from a decade of losing seasons. Thus far, things have not gone according to plan. Last Sunday’s loss at Lock Haven (3-1) was disappointing, as the Blue and Gray fell 5-0 to a Lady Eagles squad that surprised them with fast-paced gameplay and terrific execution.
“We really didn’t show up for Lock Haven,” Head Coach Tiffany Hubbard said about the defeat.
The loss marks the team’s fourth straight, but the season hasn’t been purely negative for the Hoyas.
“Our match on Friday vs. Towson was the best hockey we’ve played all fall. We had our opportunities to win that game,” Hubbard said.
Unfortunate miscues, ranging from simple miscommunications to unconverted penalty strokes, have been the reasons behind Georgetown’s losses, but Coach Hubbard believes that a few adjustments are all that it will take to get the season back on track.
“We are playing a completely new system this year, which is taking the upperclassmen some time to get used to, and the way that they are all fitting into that has been so impressive,” Hubbard said about the team’s structure against Towson.
The Blue and Gray are ready to move on from their lackluster start, as a tough taskl ahead of them this weekend on the road. Georgetown will need to find some rhythm and energy at Lehigh (1-3) on Friday and at Cornell (0-2) on Sunday; if they can do that, the Hoyas might finally get a win.
“The biggest challenge is going to be playing our brand of hockey and our speed for all 70 minutes. We’ve had trouble playing together the whole game, and [Cornell] has several talented players on its team that we’re going to have to deal with as a team,” Hubbard said.
If the Hoyas hope to ride home with their first victory, their defense will need to put its best foot forward against Lehigh and Cornell. The team has allowed 18 goals already this season, something that must change in order for the team to finally turn things around.
“We have to be more disciplined and stronger defensively, and we need to finish and capitalize on opportunities that we have,” Hubbard said.
With the exception of the team’s last match against Lock Haven, Hubbard has been quite impressed with the play of her forwards and midfielders. One player in particular, however, has caught her attention.
“Sophomore [midfielder] Emily Weinberg has played some of the best hockey that I’ve seen out of her in the past couple of games. She’s really stepping up and becoming a strong presence in the middle of the field,” Hubbard said of her leading returning scorer from last year’s squad.
Sunday’s opponent, Cornell, should be a good test for the young Georgetown team. The Big Red fell to Lock Haven 3-2 to open the season, and since then, the team has played only one match — a 3-0 loss to Albany. Although the Hoyas are growing anxious in anticipation of their first win, Coach Hubbard understands and appreciates the process that comes with a young team’s development.
“There’s still so much that they’re learning about each other. It’s about how hard we push each other and how much we demand from each other.”
“If we play a smart and disciplined game against them, we’ll be fine,” said Hubbard of the Cornell matchup. “The girls have been so focused, so determined, and they can’t wait to taste that first win. I’m really excited to see them put it all together.”
Georgetown plays at 6 p.m. Friday against Lehigh, and will take on Cornell at noon on Sunday.