Box Score WASHINGTON
– The Georgetown University field hockey team opened their BIG EAST Conference play on Friday evening with a 5-2 loss to the Villanova Wildcats. With the loss, the Hoyas fell to 5-1, breaking their five game unbeaten streak. Villanova now moves to 3-3 in its 2018 campaign.
The score remained 0-0 for most of the first half until Georgetown freshman Halle Gill
(Virginia Beach, Va. / Norfolk Academy) got the show started with 12 minutes remaining. This marks Gill's second goal of the season. Villanova bounced back and evened the score 1-1 with a goal from Emily Clarke just minutes later. It seemed as though the game would go into halftime at the draw, but Villanova capitalized on a penalty corner with less than 5 minutes left to lead 2-1. Despite the score, the Hoyas outshot the Wildcats, 6-4, in the first half and goalkeeper Ciara Weets
(Springfield, Va. / Lake Braddock Secondary) made one save.
Seven minutes into the second half, Villanova's leading scorer Lydia Sydnor tallied the Wildcat's third unanswered goal of the contest. Less than 10 minutes later, the Wildcats capitalized again and stretched the lead to three. With nine minutes left to play, Villanova forward Christen Pennington put away her own rebound after Weets made the initial save to make it 5-1. Shortly after, Hoya senior captain Helena Masiello
(East Greenbush, N.Y. / Columbia) answered with a goal off of a penalty corner from Ali Cronin
(Hershey, Pa. / Hershey). Jax van der Veen
(Exton, Pa. / The Agnes Irwin School) was given the assist on the play. Masiello's late goal concluded the scoring for the match.
The Wildcats outshot the Hoyas, 15-11, and Weets made four saves while Villanova goalkeeper Erika Miller made three saves. Both teams notched 10 penalty corners.
The Blue & Gray are back in action on Sunday, September 16 at noon as they push back against La Salle. Live stats will be available on GUHoyas.com.