The Georgetown field hockey team (2-17, 0-6 Big East) ended its difficult 2012 campaign on Sunday with a 7-0 defeat at No. 11 Lafayette (15-1, 5-0 Patriot League), closing the year with 13 straight losses.
“Obviously, this season’s results were not what we were expecting,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said.
The Hoyas’ first game of the season — a 3-2 win at Appalachian State — appeared to promise good things to come. Another win, however, would not come until two weeks later against St. Louis, a victory that ended up being the last of the season.
Despite their highly disappointing record, Marsh said she was proud of her players and their work this year.
“The girls put out a lot of effort every game, no matter what the score showed,” she said. “This season was really about our girls and our program as a whole.”
That season culminated this past weekend with the Blue and Gray’s trip to Pennsylvania for its final two games of the season against Villanova and Lafayette. And it provided an opportunity for some final team bonding before the team broke up for good.
“The whole weekend in general, the team got to spend a lot of time together, which was great,” Marsh said. “Before Villanova, we went to [senior midfielder] Laura Thistle’s house and [senior midfielder] Kimberly Keating’s house after. It was so nice for the girls to be with friends and family.”
Thistle and Keating are two of the 10 seniors on the squad, which constitutes one of the largest senior classes the field hockey program has ever had.
Marsh went out of her way to extoll the Class of 2013’s contributions to the team.
“We are definitely going to miss our 10 seniors and their past four years of commitment to this team,” Marsh said. “It is time to celebrate their careers.”
With the end of the season, the Hoyas will lose their three captains: Caitlin Hickey, Annie Wilson and Thistle.
“With Annie, Laura and Caitlin, you know what you are going to get every practice and every game,” Marsh said. “They all put so much time and energy into this team.
That leadership helped the team register solid performances throughout the season against nationally ranked teams like Connecticut and Rutgers.
“The way we handled that Connecticut team said a lot about our girls,” Marsh said. “We also did really well in the first half of the Rutgers game. We stepped up during some of our Big East games.”
Then-No. 3 Syracuse was another such case. Despite the Orange’s strengths and successes, the Hoyas were not intimidated.
“In the Syracuse game, we lost by five, but we were able to score two goals against one of the best teams in the country,” Marsh said. “That says a lot. We stepped up and played at a different level of hockey.”
Despite such a disastrous year, Marsh remained upbeat about what is to come, noting that the offseason will be about reflecting on this season’s mishaps and working on establishing consistency.
“We have a lot of great things ahead of us,” Marsh said. “We are going to use what happened this year as a springboard to improving our record and improving where we stand in the Big East. I just keep reminding the younger girls what they have done and what they can do again.”