Oct. 4, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown field hockey team (2-9, 0-2 BIG EAST) lost, 3-2, on Friday night to the Saint Francis Red Flash (4-4) in an overtime match at the University of Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.
The Red Flash opened the game with a goal of a corner with ten minutes remaining in the first half when junior back Carissa Makea scored her third goal of the season to give Saint Francis a 1-0 lead. Nikki Snyder, a junior midfielder, recorded her fifth assist on the play when she passed to Makea, who blasted a shot from the top of the circle.
Georgetown responded less than four minutes later when sophomore forward Sarah Butterfield scored her sixth goal of the season to tie up the game at one apiece with 4:58 remaining in the half. The unassisted goal came as the forward took it in from the left side of the circle to eventually overpower Saint Francis' freshman goalie Samantha Zeiders, who improved to 1-1 in her second career start for the Red Flash.
Georgetown had three shots on goal in the first half compared the Red Flash's two.
Saint Francis' Makea notched her second goal of the night to give the Red Flash a 2-1 lead 2:35 into the second half. Makea received a pass from sophomore midfielder Selena Adamshick in the middle of the circle where she took the shot from close range with traffic in front of the net.
Georgetown had a great opportunity at the 47th minute when freshman back Hailey Vann put a corner penalty into play. Junior forward Molly Denzel took a shot from the top of the circle which was saved by Zeiders, the save rebounded to Vann who was on the near-left post. Vann took a shot that got past Zeiders but ran parallel to the goal line until a Red Flash defender cleared the ball out of the circle. The Hoyas' bench celebrated as if Vann scored, but the Hoyas still trailed by one.
The Hoyas had another great chance less than a minute later when Saint Francis goalie Zeiders made two saves on back-to-back shots on goal by Molly Denzel and freshman forward Aliyah Graves.
Between Saint Francis' second goal, where they took the lead, to when Georgetown tied it up with 2:28 remaining in regulation, the Hoyas outshot the Red Flash 9-2. Four of those shots were saved and three were blocked before they could reach the net.
The Hoyas' pressure and consistent shot attempts lead to them tying the game, 2-2, when Molly Denzel scored her first goal of the season. Butterfield notched the assist on the play, her first of the year. Butterfield made a pass from the center of the circle which the Saint Francis goalie tried to contend. Due to Butterfield's presence as the team's top goal-scorer, Zeiders thought she was going to shoot, but instead Butterfield made a pass that went through Zieder's legs to Denzel who was sitting on the far-post. Denzel tapped the goal in with 2:28 remaining in regulation to tie up the game for the Hoyas.
The Hoyas fought off a late corner by the Red Flash with less than a minute remaining to send the game to overtime.
The Red Flash had a corner penalty 1:05 into overtime. GU freshman goalie Rosalie Nolen made a save on a shot by Makea, who was looking for her third goal of the game, which led to a rebound that pushed the momentum in the Hoyas' favor. Graves took the ball down the near sideline with Butterfield a couple steps ahead of her running down the middle of the field. It was a near identical image to Georgetown's game-winning overtime goal over Saint Louis last weekend. Graves took the ball into the circle and took a shot; Zeiders came out to contend the shot around the middle of the circle to make the save.
The Red Flash ended up winning on a goal off the stick of junior forward Autumn Pellman, who scored her ninth goal of the season and first game-winning goal of the season, when she dribbled through the center and took a shot from the middle of the circle. The ball went to Nolen's right and bounced off the board in the net for a goal. The golden goal game 6:14 into overtime to give Saint Francis the 3-2 victory, their fourth win of the year.
Georgetown outshot their opponent for the first time of the season 17-16; shots on goal were in favor of the Hoyas 8-6.
The Hoyas also made their first team defensive save of the season on a corner with 1:34 reaming in the first half. Autumn Pellman, who scored the overtime goal for Saint Francis, took a shot from the top of the circle after she received the corner. Junior back Elizabeth Mueller got a stick on it to make the team save.
Rosalie Nolen made 3 saves for Georgetown on the day and only faced six shots on goal.
Butterfield, who finished with a goal and an assist, now has a team-leading 13 points. Denzel, who notched her first goal, now has three points after an earlier assist in the third game of the season against Towson.
Nolen, Butterfield, Vann, Mueller, Maria McDonald, Louise Chakejian and Emily Weinberg have started all 11 games for the Hoyas this year.
The Hoyas travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion in a BIG EAST mathcup on Sun., Oct 6 at 2 p.m. Old Dominion has not played since Sun., Sept. 29. The match will take place at the Powhatan Sports Complex, which will host the NCAA Field Hockey Final Four for the second consecutive year. Live Stats for GU at Old Dominion can be found here.