Georgetown field hockey badly needed a victory Tuesday afternoon to avoid a three-game losing streak. Catherine Shugrue delivered.

The sophomore forward scored two second-half goals, helping the Hoyas (5-3) defeat Robert Morris 3-2 at the field the Blue and Gray call home, American University’s Jacobs Recreational Complex. Fellow sophomore Charlotte Tierney added a goal of her own to seal the victory.

The visiting Colonials (2-6) gave Georgetown a scare early on, as junior Chantele Crow scored the only goal of the half on a breakaway in the 12th minute.

The Hoyas took the lead by capitalizing on Robert Morris mistakes in the second half, as both of Shugrue’s goals came off of penalty corners. Tierney’s goal stretched the lead to 3-1 in the 53rd minute, effectively icing the game despite a late goal by the Colonials’ Ally McGuire.

Sophomore Briana Pereira was solid in goal for Georgetown, making three saves in the winning effort. Senior Annika Bannon and sophomore Sophia Pifer racked up two assists each, and sophomore Annie Wilson had one assist.

Georgetown is off to an impressive start this fall, especially considering the program’s recent history. With Tuesday’s victory – the fifth of the young season – the Hoyas have already eclipsed their win total from the previous three seasons combined. Their success is a ringing endorsement of second-year Head Coach Tiffany Marsh’s first recruiting class, as the top five scorers on the team are all sophomores, led by Shugrue and Tierney.

The Hoyas look to continue their success in nonconference play in North Carolina this weekend. They faceoff against Appalachian State on Saturday at noon and then play Davidson on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Big East conference play begins Oct. 1, at home against Rutgers.”

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