Hoya Notes - From The Desk of Kevin Kelly

Nov. 1, 2012

Dear family, friends and fans,

First, I want to thank all of the parents, families and friends of the program that made the trip to Lafayette. A special thank you also goes out to Coach Tiffany Marsh and the entire Georgetown field hockey team for coming to the game and showing their support. It truly makes a big difference!

I was very proud of all of our guys and the excellent job they did against Lafayette. I thought we played extremely hard and physical from the start and really took the game to them. It was like night and day from the week before and I think it says a lot about the character of this team for them to bounce back after the kind of loss we had at Colgate and hold a good Lafayette football team to 17 points and force seven turnovers.

The win was a complete defensive effort, but I thought Jordan Richardson had his best game of the season and earned our defensive player of the week. Because of the position he plays, Jordan does a lot that doesn't show up on the stat sheet, but what he does allows our linebackers to move around and make plays. Stephen Atwater also played well and earned Patriot League honorable mention with an interception, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups.

Offensively, we also did a lot of nice things. Kyle Nolan responded very well in a big game atmosphere. Nick Campanella ran very hard, especially in the fourth quarter, but our co-offensive players of the week were Jo'el Kimpela and Kevin Macari. Jo'el earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week and is just starting to show what he is capable of doing. Kevin had his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game and continues to show that he is one of the best playmakers in this league.

On special teams, Matt MacZura was our player of the week. He was perfect on field goals and extra points and had his longest career field goal at 37 yards, but he was big in the punting game. His 69-yard punt at the end of the game was huge for us. Spencer Ball also deserves recognition on special teams for his strip on the opening kick-off.

This week we had planned on catching up on recruiting and getting our coaching staff out on the road, but Hurricane Sandy made travel for our northeastern guys impossible and we were afraid to send anyone out of the area in fear that they wouldn't be able to get back. So with the University closed on Monday and Tuesday the coaching staff worked from home and the players had Monday and Tuesday off. We ran them yesterday, worked on fundamentals today and will get a head start on Bucknell tomorrow. Overall this was a perfect week to have a bye.

Bucknell has struggled this season, but they've been in every game and have beaten us the past few years, so like every other league game, we know we are in for a battle when they come here on Saturday, November 10.

Finally, I wanted to extend my thoughts and prayers to everyone who has struggled during Hurricane Sandy.

Win the Day!

Coach Kelly

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