Georgetown Drops 4-1 Decision to Rider

Sophomore Sarah Butterfield recorded her first goal of the season in the loss.

Sophomore Sarah Butterfield recorded her first goal of the season in the loss.

Sep 1, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Georgetown field hockey team (0-2) returned to the University of Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on Sunday afternoon to face the Rider Broncs (2-0), but the Hoyas suffered their second loss of the season, losing to the Broncs by the eventual score of 4-1. 

The Broncs scored first in the game eight minutes into the first half when Rider's Sandra Penas took a hard shot from the left side that was saved by starting Georgetown goalie Rosalie Nolen. Her save took an unlucky bounce that was rebounded for a goal by Alicia Govannicci.

Georgetown got its first scoring opportunity off a corner, which was taken by Hailey Vann, with about 25 minutes left in the first half. Vann passed the ball into freshman midfielder Maria McDonald who took a hard shot from the top-left side of the circle that went a little wide of the net.

Rider went on to score their second goal of the game with 22 minutes left in the first half on a corner by Sandra Penas. Penas passed it into Carrie Nyce who took a shot that was saved nicely by Rosalie Nolen, but the ball rebounded back to Penas who put the ball in for a goal.

Rider scored two more goals off corners in the first half to make the score 4-0. One came with 15 minutes left in the half when sophomore Melyssa Alonso scored an unassissted  goal off a rebounded save. The final goal in the half was scored by Rider freshman Kalyn O'Brien which was assisted by Sandra Penas.

Georgetown changed the pace of the game in the second half when they greatly limited the shot opportunites by Rider while getting chances of their own. Rider only managed to take six shots
in the second half after taking 16 in the first half. The Hoyas, who took one shot in the first half, took two in the second half, scoring on one of them.

The Hoyas scored their first goal of the season with less than 9 minutes to play in regulation when freshman Aliyah Graves took the Hoyas coast to coast, running from beyond midfield, eventually
passing to sophomore Sarah Butterfield in front of the net who scored on an open net after the Rider goalie, Joelle Prettyman, was out of position.

Starting Georgetown goalie Rosalie Nolen made 13 saves on the afternoon.

Georgetown only allowed the Broncs to take four corners in the second half after allowing 16 in the first half.

The Hoyas next host Towson at the University of Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on Fri., Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.