FIELD HOCKEY | GU Maintains Optimism
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 01:09
The Georgetown field hockey team entered the weekend hoping to end its losing skid with wins over Towson on Friday in College Park, Md. and Lock Haven on Sunday in Lockhaven, Pa. The Hoyas came close to beating Towson, eventually losing 3-2, but were routed by Lock Haven, 5-0.
The weekend started off well, as the Blue and Gray struck first in their Friday home game against the Tigers. Sophomore forward Sarah Butterfield, who scored one goal last season, scored her second of the young season on an assist from junior forward/midfielder Molly Denzel, her first assist of the season. Butterfield’s and Denzel’s success in the game was a welcome sight to their teammates and coaches.
“Sarah and Molly have both had pretty significant time over their years, but they’ve been working really hard, and I saw drastic improvements this past spring from both of them. To see great improvements out of them is really fun to watch,” Head Coach Tiffany Hubbard said.
Unfortunately, the Hoyas’ lead did not last long. Less than three minutes later, Towson scored the first of their three straight goals, two of which came in the first half. Georgetown’s defense held strong in the second half, allowing only one goal, but the offense could only muster up one second-half goal from freshman midfielder Maria McDonald. Towson outshot Georgetown 14-10, but The Hoyas tried nine corners compared to The Tigers’ six. Because the game was so close, the Hoyas and Hubbard will take away many positives from the game.
“Towson is by far the best game we’ve played to date – now we didn’t play a full 70 minutes of hockey – but it was best game so far,” Hubbard said. “We did give up three goals and lose, but the opportunities that we missed out on are simple things to fix.”
From a confidence standpoint, Hubbard feels that the Towson game is exactly what the team needed.
“Overall, even though we came up short, the girls being able to see that they can do that is huge for their confidence and mentality.”
However, whatever confidence the Hoyas gained from the Towson game was short-lived, as they were beaten soundly, 5-0, at the hands of the Lock Haven Lady Eagles on Sunday.
“It was our first trip on the road, and with a young group, it was tough to really be in it right away,” said Hubbard. “We started out flat. We had to come out sharp, and we didn’t, and we paid for it.”
The first half was a nightmare for Georgetown, as they gave up four goals in only 25 minutes. While sophomore forward midfielder Emily Weinberg had a great scoring chance in the 21st minute, Lady Eagles goaltender Elaina White made a nice save, nullifying Georgetown’s only great chance of scoring in the first half.
The Hoyas did improve in the second half, only allowing one goal on a penalty stroke. After giving up 11 shots in the first half, the Hoyas held the Lady Eagles to eight in the second. Also, Georgetown had three quality scoring chances within a minute with less than 10 minutes to go in the game.
But the abysmal first half will stay on the field hockey team’s mind for some time, especially since the Towson game was so promising; the Lock Haven game was a rough spot that Georgetown wants to make sure doesn’t happen again.
“[They were] two completely different games, two completely different teams,” Hubbard said. “We need to evaluate the week in two different games. It’ll be easy for us to do, because we didn’t play our style of hockey [on Sunday].”
But Hubbard’s positive outlook has not changed: “We know what we did wrong, we know what we need to fix. If anything, with the mentality of these girls, it’ll be a wake-up call that we need.”
As the Hoyas have fallen to 0-4, such an outlook from the team is completely necessary to keep building and turn the season around.