Sept. 10, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown field hockey senior Aliyah Graves-Brown (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg Academy) tied the game with just 2:05 remaining in the game to force overtime, but Hannah Retherford scored the game winner with under five minutes left in the extra period to lift Saint Francis to a 2-1 nonconference victory Saturday at DeGol Field in Loretto, Pennsylvania.
The Hoyas (2-4) were outshot, 23-9, including 11-2 in the second half, and were on the short end of a 13-6 margin in penalty corners.
Graves-Brown scored her team-leading second goal of the season, tying her with freshman Lindsay Getz (Northfield, Ill./Loyola Academy), and the 13th of her career. The team's leading scorer a year ago, Graves-Brown now leads the team with six points through six games.
Defensively, senior Rachel Skonecki (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Red Land) totaled a season-high 15 saves, three shy of her career high. Her previous season high was 14 set at Rider. The game marked her the 12th of her career in which she had at least 10 saves and she now has 329 for her career, moving her into sixth place in school history past Pat McKeon who had 324 from 1992-94.
Meanwhile, senior Molly Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer) picked up her first defensive save of the year and the seventh of her career, moving her into 10th place in school history, one behind senior Devin Holmes (Fleetville, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) who is seventh.
After a scoreless first half in which the Georgetown defense fought off nine shots and five penalty corners, Saint Francis (5-1) was finally able to break through with just 11:19 left in the game as Kelli Connolly scored off an assist from Brianna Govia to put the Red Flash up, 1-0.
Graves-Brown tied the game late in the half when she carried the ball into the circle and around the defense before beating the Saint Francis keeper low.
The Hoyas dominated the overtime period, totaling three shots and three penalty corners in the first 10 minutes, but after Elizabeth Dyer made her second save of the period on a shot by sophomore Helena Masiello (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia), the Red Flash transitioned from offense to defense before Govia found Retherford a minute later for the game winner.
The loss was just the third for Georgetown in nine overtime contests in three seasons under Head Coach Shannon Soares.
Dyer finished with five saves for Saint Francis while Bovia totaled two assists.
Georgetown opens BIG EAST play next Friday, September 16 when it faces newcomer Quinnipiac in a neutral-site contest at Yale's Johnson Field in New Haven, Connecticut.