Aug. 25, 2017
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University field hockey team used a pair of late goals to get the 2-1 comeback victory in the team's season opener against the Davidson College Wildcats on Friday afternoon at Cooper Field. With the win, Georgetown improves to 1-0 on the season, while Davidson moves to 0-1.
In both squads first game of the season, neither generated many quality chances until late in the contest. It was a defensive battle for much for the game with both the Hoyas and Wildcats getting aggressive as the contest wore on.
After almost 53 scoreless minutes of play, the Wildcats struck with 17:04 remaining in the contest, finding the back of the cage off of a penalty corner to make it 1-0.
The Hoyas came roaring back with a number of chances over the next few minutes before tying the game at 4:25. The ball was sent in and freshman midfielder Jax van der Veen (Exton, Pa./The Agnes Irwin School) managed to get her stick on it as the Wildcat defense collapsed on the Blue & Gray. Through traffic, she slid it to classmate Cami Osborne (Newtown Square, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur) who managed to get it past Davidson keeper Bean Rodriguez to tie the game at one.
Georgetown did not allow for the extra period as GU looked for the win. With just 54 second left in the contest, the ball was sent in on a Hoya penalty corner. Junior forward Helena Masiello (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) got the ball and passed it to senior midfielder Megan Parsons (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria) on the right side of the circle. Parsons fired to the left corner and found the back of the cage for her first goal of the campaign and the game winner. Georgetown held on in the waning seconds to pick up the 2-1 victory.
The Blue & Gray dominated play throughout the game outshooting the Wildcats, 18-9, and earning 12 penalty corners to Davidson's six. Hoya keeper Chloe Verwiel (New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solebury) tallied five saves in her first-career start and first win on the Hilltop. Rodriguez took the loss with seven saves on the afternoon. The Wildcat defense also managed one defensive save.
Georgetown will continue its four-game homestand to begin the season on Sunday as the squad hosts Appalachian State at Cooper Field at 1 p.m. Live stats and a new-and-improved webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.