FIELD HOCKEY | Hoyas Lose Two More, Prep for Big East
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 01:09
Still looking to pick up its first win of the season on the road this past weekend, the Georgetown field hockey team (0-6) fell short at both Lehigh (2-4) and Cornell (2-2).
On Friday, Georgetown got off to a slow start when Lehigh took a 1-0 lead just 1:36 into the game. The goal came from freshman forwards Marissa Glatt, who won the Patriot League’s Rookie of the Week for her efforts. Just over 10 minutes later, the Mountain Hawks added to their lead when freshman forward Gabby Tofig finished off a rebound at the back of the net.
Through the first twelve minutes of the game, it was clear that Georgetown’s defensive issues have still not yet been resolved. Having given up 25 goals on the season through just six games, the Hoyas will need a boost from their defense if they hope to turn things around going forward.
“Since we’re a really young team, I think we’re still working on meshing on the field and learning how we work together,” sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg said.
The rest of the game looked much like the first part, as the Hoyas allowed an additional goal to go down 4-0. Georgetown was outshot 19-4 in just the first half, and the team simply could not find a rhythm in the second.
Sunday, the team took to the road again looking to take face an inexperienced Cornell squad. For the Blue and Gray, however, the losing narrative continued. At the 14 minute mark, senior forward Elly Plappert put the Big Red on the board, and Cornell never looked back. After another fourteen minutes of play, Cornell went ahead 2-0, taking the two goal lead into the half. Sophomore forward Sarah Butterfield scored her third goal of the season halfway through the second half to put the Hoyas within one, but Cornell scored on a rebound to cement its lead at two.
Although the Hoyas limited Cornell to just nine corners, the team was unable to work productively on offense. Despite their 0-6 record, though, Georgetown’s field hockey team is not ready to quit.
“It obviously sucks to lose six games in a row, but at this point, we are just trying to focus on winning and moving forward,” Weinberg said.
With Big East play beginning this weekend, the team will need a strong week of practice to get ready for the matches that matter most.
“These matches are the most competitive, so we’re going to work extra hard at practice to be mentally and physically prepared for them,” Weinberg said.
The hope is that the team’s young talent will begin to mesh, as the Hoyas know that this is the key to the season’s success.
The Hoyas will travel to Providence this Friday to begin Big East play. After that match, Georgetown returns home to take on Holy Cross at College Park, Md. Despite the tough start, Georgetown’s squad knows that the season is not over and hopes to rally this weekend to get its season on the right track.