Hoyas Host Saint Francis, Then Play at Old Dominion

Maria McDonald

Maria McDonald

Oct. 3, 2013

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WASHINGTON – The Georgetown field hockey squad (2-8, 0-2 BIG EAST) has eight games remaining on their 2013 schedule, two of which are this weekend.  The Hoyas will host the Saint Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (3-4) on Fri., Oct. 3 at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at 7 p.m. before traveling to Norfolk, Va. on Sunday to play the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (3-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) in a BIG EAST Conference game at 2 p.m. at the Powhatan Sports Complex located on Old Dominion’s campus.

The Hoyas come into the weekend’s matchups off a win over the St. Louis Billikens in overtime, 4-3, when the Blue & Gray recorded their highest single-game goal total since Sept. 9, 2012.  On the shoulders of sophomore Sarah Butterfield’s game-winning overtime goal, the Hoyas will look to capitalize on the momentum against Saint Francis, which will conclude their four game home stand before they travel to Norfolk, Va.

Sarah Butterfield was nominated to her second BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for her play against then-ranked No. 16 Louisville and Saint Louis last weekend.  Butterfield notched a pair of goals against St. Louis to bring her team-leading season total up to five goals (10 points).  Freshman Aliyah Graves tallied her third assist on Butterfield’s game winning goal.  Both Sophomores Meghan Murphy and Emily Weinberg each had a goal and an assist in the overtime victory over the Billikens.

Eleven Hoyas have at least a goal or an assist and all available position players have made an appearance on the season.  Georgetown has had seven players start all 10 games on the season including freshman back Hailey Vann, junior back Elizabeth Mueller, freshman midfielder Maria McDonald, sophomore midfielder Louise Chakejian, sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg, sophomore forward Sarah Butterfield and freshman goalie Rosalie Nolen.

Saint Francis is led by sophomore midfielder Selena Adamshick, junior forward Autumn Pellman and junior forward Carissa Makea. Adamschick, Pellman and Makea have attempted 83 of the team’s total 108 shots; they also have combined for 19 of the team’s 20 goals on the season.

Georgetown has not faced Saint Francis since 2011; in a game the Hoyas lost 3-2.  Current Red Flash senior goalie Jill DiCola was in net for the 2011 matchup.  DiCola owns a 3-3 record on the season.  Freshman goalie Samantha Zeiders picked up the loss in net for Saint Francis’ Wednesday matchup against Lock Haven in her first career start and appearance for the Red Flash.

Georgetown has played two BIG EAST Conference game this year.  The squad lost at Providence on Sept. 20 and to then-ranked No. 16 Louisville on Sept. 28.  With their tough BIG EAST schedule every season which includes several nationally-ranked teams, the Hoyas search for their BIG EAST win since the last game of the 2011 season when Georgetown defeated Providence, 3-2 in overtime, on Oct. 29, 2011.

The BIG EAST Old Dominion Lady Monarchs do not have a game before their Sunday matchup against the Hoyas.  Old Dominion last played on Sun., Sept. 29 when they defeated Quinnipiac, 7-0.

Sophomore midfielder Sarah Breen leads Old Dominion with eight goals and one assist for 17 points.  Junior forward Rosario Villagra follows her up with four goals and eight assists for 16 points.  Six Lady Monarchs have double-digit shot totals on the season; Breen leads the team in shot attempts and shots on goal with 34 and 20, respectively.  Eleven players from Old Dominion have at least a goal or assist on the season out of the 14 position players who have made an appearance on the season. 

Old Dominion has played six ranked teams, including then-ranked No. 1 North Carolina and then-ranked No. 2 Maryland, on the season, losing all six matchups.  Currently, Maryland is ranked No. 1 with North Carolina following them up at No.2, as ranked by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

The Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va., which is the location of Sunday’s field hockey game, will host the 2013 NCAA Field Hockey Final Four.

Georgetown’s squad looks for their third win of the season against Saint Francis on Fri., Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.  The Hoyas also seek their first BIG EAST win against Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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