Oct. 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University field hockey team fought hard against the Providence Friars (9-5, 1-1 BIG EAST) but lost 8-1 on a cloudy afternoon at Multi Sport Field to drop to 4-7 overall and 0-2 in BIG EAST conference play.
Sophomore forward Aliyah Graves-Brown (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg Academy) had the goal for Georgetown in the 49th minute, shooting from the top middle of the circle, after she received the ball from Elizabeth Mueller (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) who drove the end line. It was the fourth score of the season for Graves-Brown. The goal and a shot by Emily Weinberg (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) following a penalty corner inserted by Molly Denzel (Sunnyvale, Calif./St. Francis) at 38:42 were the only offensive threats by Georgetown during the game. The Hoyas upped their aggression on offense in the second half, but Providence presented a tough defensive front that caused GU to commit turnovers.
The first goal of the game came at 7:50 when Adrienne Houle shot the ball past sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Red Land) from the top of the circle. Georgetown and Providence traded possessions but the Friars efficiency on offense resulted in a second goal less than five minutes later at 12:24 by Daniella Bernasconi to increase the Friar lead to 2-0.
Skonecki had eight saves on the day, with two of them coming in the first half. The first came at 18:28 and she had the second of the half at 21:27, however, Bernasconi recovered the deflected ball on the left side of the cage and made the goal to move the score to 3-0.
The last two Friar goals of the first half came at 23:19 and 24:29. The teams went into halftime with Providence leading 5-0.
The Friar attack was in full swing when play resumed, as Caitlin Malone found the back of the net eight seconds into the second half to make the score 6-0. Georgetown increased its pace of play, but Providence was too precise with its touches and passes. Steph Guglielmo shot a ball that was untouched from center left at 42:17 for the seventh Friar goal of the game.
GU was able to take advantage of several Providence mistakes and finally broke through at 49:45 with the Graves-Brown goal. The Friars had one more goal in them however, and scored at 59:37 to make it 8-1, a score that would remain as time wound down.
The Hoyas have a quick turnaround as they face Saint Joseph's tomorrow at noon. The game will also serve as the Play4aCure game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Fans are encouraged to wear pink. The GU field hockey team will be presented with the "Winner's Circle Award" for its fundraising efforts for breast cancer research. The President of the National Foundation for Cancer Research, Franklin Salisbury, Jr. will be on hand to do the honors.
Donations can be made at https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/GeorgetownFieldHockey/stick-it-to-cancer there will also be a table at the match where fans can make donations.