Oct. 20, 2013
WASHINGTON – Georgetown’s field hockey team (2-13, 0-5 BIG EAST) dropped a non-conference decision late Sunday afternoon to the Liberty University Lady Flash (11-4, 5-0 NorPac), 7-0, at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md.
Georgetown’s Sarah Butterfield, a sophomore forward who leads the team with 13 points, got the first scoring opportunity of the game 3:13 in when she got a breakaway. Butterfield took the ball into the circle but was met by an aggressive goal keeper in Liberty’s Ann Jefferis, a redshirt senior, who contested the shot 15 feet outside of the net for the save.
The opening half was a back-and-forth affair with no team gaining the offensive edge until Liberty struck first with less than eight minutes left in the half.
Liberty’s freshman back Serena Barr, one of three Barr sisters on the Lady Flash squad, took a shot from the top left side of the circle that senior midfielder Micailah Sloman tipped in at the far side post for the first goal 27:43 into the game. S. Barr was credited with the assist.
It looked like Georgetown was going into halftime down one goal until Liberty took a penalty corner with less than 10 seconds left in the half. Sophomore back Hannah Jones put the corner into play and passed to S. Barr who was waiting at the left side of the circle. She received the corner and took and shot with seven seconds remaining for Liberty’s second goal of the game to put them up 2-0 going into half.
Liberty’s S. Barr added an unassisted goal 12:04 into the second half to give the Lady Flash a 3-0 lead. Mercedes Cox, a junior forward, scored four minutes later when she tipped a shot taken by freshman midfielder Bethany Barr, S. Barr’s twin sister, from the top of the circle. The Lady Flash added their fifth goal when senior forward Jordan Richardson scored an unassisted goal midway through the half. Liberty added a corner goal just over a minute later. Sophomore forward Abbey Basom was credited with the goal while B. Barr and Jones, who put the corner into play, were credited with the primary and secondary assists.
With less than four minutes reaming in regulation, Liberty notched their seventh and final goal off the stick of sophomore midfielder Erin Dombach for her third goal of the season.
Georgetown’s Devin Holmes, a freshman midfielder, received a green card in the first half as well as Liberty’s Richardson. Hoya sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg was also given a green card with 8:50 remaining in the game. When play stopped for Weinberg’s green card, Georgetown’s freshman goalie Rachel Skonecki replaced freshman Rosalie Nolen, who started her 15th consecutive game, in net. Skonecki made one save and allowed the final Liberty goal.
The Hoyas only have three games remaining on their 2013 schedule, two away and one at home, though two of them will be played at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md.
The Georgetown field hockey squad next plays on Fri., Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa. against No. 16 Temple. Georgetown then returns to the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex the following Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. on the visiting bench when they take on No. 1 ranked Maryland. Maryland lost to No. 15 Old Dominion, 3-2, before the Hoyas took on Liberty on Sunday afternoon.
Georgetown’s final game of the season will be at home against Villanova on Senior Night, Saturday, November 2 at 3 p.m.