Oct. 27, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown field hockey team (2-15, 0-6 BIG EAST) dropped its second-to-last game of the season on Sunday afternoon to the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins (17-1, 5-0 ACC) by the final score of 9-0 in College Park, Md.
Maryland got on top early, a little less than three minutes into the game, when sophomore back Sarah Sprink scored from the top of the circle on a penalty corner to make it 1-0. Senior forward Jill Witmer was credited with the primary assist, sophomore midfielder Anna Dessoye tallied the secondary.
Georgetown then received a penalty corner around nine minutes in for their first scoring chance. Freshman back Hailey Vann (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) put it into play for the Hoyas. Louise Chakejian (Chester Springs, Pa./The Episcopal Academy), a sophomore midfielder, stopped the ball at the top of the circle to set up a shot for sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown). Weinberg's shot was blocked by a Maryland defender who made a quick outlet pass which led to an odd-man rush in favor of the Terrapins. Senior forward Shelby Sydnor ran the length of the field and scored the second goal of the game for the Terps 9:49 minutes in. Witmer marked her second assist of the game on the play.
Less than two minutes later, Maryland senior back Ali McEvoy put the Terrapins up 3-0 on a penalty corner goal, assisted by junior midfielder Maxine Fluharty and Dessoye.
Maryland took a 4-0 lead when senior back Hayley Turner scored off a rebounded save by Georgetown's freshman goalie Rosalie Nolen (West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson), who had 12 saves on the day. Nolen saw a total of 21 shots on goal.
Sprink tacked on two more goals for the Terrapins in the first half to complete her hat trick, both of which came on penalty corners with 8:16 and 3:10 left in the half.
At the end of the first half, Maryland let the clock expire before they started their penalty corner. With all zeros on the clock, the Terrapins set up 10 women around the circle with only Nolen and four GU defenders in the cage. The other 6 Hoyas at midfield rushed down to defend as soon as the ball was put into play by Maryland's Dessoye. Freshman midfielder Delaney Leathers served as the stopper for McEvoy who took a shot just on the inside of the circle to give the Terps a 7-0 lead going into halftime.
The Hoyas were able to keep Maryland's shot total and scoring opportunities to a minimum in the second half while getting some offensive chances of their own. After allowing 22 shot attempts in the first half, Maryland was only able to take 10 shots in the final 35 minutes, six of which were on goal. And with only one shot of their own in the first half, the Hoyas took four shots in the second half.
Maryland freshman forward Brooke Adler tallied the assists on the final two scores for the Terrapins. Freshman forward Mieke Hayn scored 11:18 into the second half on a high shot from the right side of the circle to make it 8-0.
The Hoyas then took three good looks about midway through the half. Georgetown freshman midfielder Maria McDonald (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) took consecutive shots; both were saved by Maryland goalie Brooke Cabrera. Freshman forward Molly Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer) had an opportunity right after McDonald's second shot when the goalie was out of position, but Maryland made a defensive save on the shot from Thompson.
Sophomore forward Shari Jones scored Maryland's ninth and final goal with 8:59 remaining on a close shot from the right post.
Four of the Hoyas' five shots were on goal for the day.
In her freshman campaign, Nolen made her 17th consecutive start for the Hoyas in the cage, having faced the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country within 10 days.
Sophomore forward Sarah Butterfield (Bridgewater, N.J./Oak Knoll), junior back Elizabeth Mueller (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS), Weinberg, Chakejian, and Vann are the other five Hoyas who have started all 17 games.
Georgetown hosts the Villanova Wildcats (3-11, 0-6 BIG EAST) next Sat., Nov. 2 in the regular season finale and the conclusion of BIG EAST play at the University of Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at 3 p.m. Katie Dempsey (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Country Day School of the Sacred Heart), a forward, and Caitlin Samela (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset), a midfielder, will both be recognized for their final home game as Hoyas for Senior Night on Nov. 2.