Oct. 30, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University field hockey team (5-11, 0-3 BIG EAST) concludes regular season play this weekend when it welcomes Old Dominion and Towson to Multi-Sport Field for games on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Both games have a 1 p.m. start and will be streamed live on the Georgetown University athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com
The Hoyas will take on the Lady Monarchs of No. 17 Old Dominion (10-6, 3-1 BIG EAST) on Friday in the final conference matchup for both teams this season. The game is only the second meeting for the two schools. Last season, the Blue & Gray traveled to Norfolk, Va., and were defeated, 7-0.
Old Dominion is the third ranked opponent GU is facing this season. The Hoyas have also faced then-ranked No. 6 UConn and then-ranked No. 16 Temple. All three are members of the BIG EAST Conference, with UConn being the defending NCAA National Champions.
Following the match against Old Dominion, the Hoyas will take on Towson on Sunday on Senior Day. Brooke Simone (Radnor, Pa./Baldwin School), Tori Hideshima (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), Elizabeth Mueller (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) and Molly Denzel (Sunnyvale, Calif./St. Francis) will all be recognized prior to the start of the game.
The Hoyas enter the match coming off of a loss at the hands of Liberty, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va. GU was unable to keep pace with the potent Flames' offense and recorded one shot in the game, taken by Devin Holmes (Fleetville, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) in the second half of action.
Rachel Skonecki (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Red Land) got her 15th consecutive start in goal and recorded 16 saves, a new career high for the sophomore. She surpassed her previous personal best of 11 which she recorded during the 2-1 overtime loss against Villanova on Friday, Oct. 17.
Skonecki currently sits at 97 saves, placing her second in the league, while averaging 6.47 saves per game, that also places her second in the conference in that category.
Aliyah Graves-Brown (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg Academy) and Emily Weinberg (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) lead the team in goals with five apiece. Together, they have scored 10 of the teams 22 goals. Overall, eight Hoyas have netted a goal this season. Georgetown has surpassed last season's goal total of 14, making it one of four teams in the conference to achieve the feat.
Scouting Old Dominion
The Lady Monarchs come to the Hilltop on a three-game winning streak with two of the victories coming over ranked opponents. Old Dominion defeated Temple and Virginia to move up two spots in the rankings to No. 17.
The team has scored a total of 37 goals this season, with Sarah Breen and Katy Furhman tied for the team lead with eight apiece. Rosario Villagra is the leader in points with 24, her 10 assists are tied for second in the league. Megan Hept has started 15 games in cage for the Lady Monarchs, and holds a goals against average of 1.38 with 52 saves on the season.
Towson will take on the Hoyas following a matchup against Drexel on Friday. The team currently has a record of 2-14, having dropped its last nine games. The last meeting between the schools was a 3-2 Tigers win at the University of Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park. The Hoyas have an all-time record of 11-15-2 against Towson.
Heather Jenney leads the team in goals with five for a team high 10 points, and has also recorded four defensive saves over the course of the season. Both Emilee Woodall and Megan Boyle have spent time in goal for the Tigers this season. Boyle has started 10 games while Woodall has started six, they have combined for 152 saves. Boyle carries a goals against average of 3.66 while Woodall sits at 3.67.