Sep 6, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Hoyas (0-3) struck first in their home game against Towson (1-2), but they could not continue their hot start as they fell to Towson by a score of 3-2. The 7 p.m. game started with the sun setting in front of the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex before being played under the lights for a majority of the game.
Within the first four minutes of the game, sophomore Sarah Butterfield scored her second goal of the season, giving Georgetown the early 1-0 lead. Junior Molly Denzel edged the ball up the goal line before she passed to Butterfield in front of the net. It was Denzel’s first assist of the year. Denzel, who saw action in 13 games last season, did not tally any points as a member of the Hoyas last season. Butterfield scored the Hoyas’ first two goals of the year; last season, Butterfield scored only one goal.
The Towson Tigers did not take long to even up the score as Kathleen Morris assisted on a goal score by Kate Williams a little over six minutes into the game. The goal came two minutes and fifty-nine seconds after Georgetown’s first goal. It was Williams’ first goal and Morris’ first assist for the 2013 season.
Georgetown had a scoring chance 14:04 into the game when Louise Chakejian took a penalty stroke for the Blue & Gray. Towson goalkeeper Brittany Varacallo made a great save on the shot aimed at the top-left part of the goal.
The Tigers then took the lead on a rebound putback with under three minutes to play in the first half. Freshman Georgetown goalie Rosalie Nolen stopped an initial shot by Towson senior Kate Williams, but the deflection went right to Towson sophomore forward Kelsey Jones. Jones’ rebound goal, her first goal of the season, came at point blank range as Nolen was out of position after making the initial save.
Georgetown sophomore Callie Hiner
received a green card and two minute penalty with 2:08 remaining in the first half. The Hoyas’ played a player down for the finals minutes of the half.
The Tigers added to their 2-1 lead in the second half when freshman back Sam Zelenack scored an unassisted goal with under nine minutes to play in the game. Zelenack has two goals on four shots to start her career at Towson. She leads Towson with four points on two goals this season; Kathleen Morris is right behind her with three points (one goal, one assist).
Georgetown was able to respond and gain some momentum with 3:27 remaining in the game. The goal, scored by freshman midfielder Maria McDonald, was her first as a member of the Hoyas. Unfortunately, the comeback came with little time remaining in the game. In the final minutes, the Tigers were able to maintain control of the ball and stall the game when the ball would go out of bounds.
Hoya sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg received a green card and two yellow cards with fewer than fifteen minutes to play in the game. Her first green card came with 14:27 remaining; the team played a woman down for two minutes. Her two yellow cards came with 6:27 and 1:10 remaining. The cards resulted in the form of five and ten minute penalties, respectively.
The winning goalkeeper Brittany Varacallo improved her record to 1-2 on the season. Georgetown’s Rosalie Nolen dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Towson outshot Georgetown 14-10, but Georgetown attempted nine corners to the Tigers’ six.
Sarah Butterfield, Louise Chakejian, Aliyah Graves, Maria McDonald, and Emily Weinberg each took two shots.
Hailey Vann put all nine corners into play for the Hoyas.
Georgetown travels to Lockhaven, Pa. to face the Lock Haven University Lady Eagles at noon on Sunday, Sept. 8 on Charlotte Smith Field.
Lock Haven (2-1) dropped its season opener to top-rated North Carolina, 2-1. They followed the close performance up with a win against Bucknell at home. Lock Haven played against Cornell on the road this Friday, winning in overtime by a score of 3-2. The Lady Eagles scored with under a minute in regulation to tie the game before they scored in the opening seconds of overtime to defeat Cornell. Lock Haven freshman Kiersten Cepeda leads the Lady Eagles with two goals.
Live Stats for Sunday’s game can be seen at: http://www.sidearmstats.com/lhup/fhockey/