After a rough start to the season, and then a thrilling overtime win, the Georgetown field hockey team (1-2) will have the chance to get their record to the .500 mark before conference play starts when they head north to take on Bryant (0-3) today and Holy Cross (1-3) tomorrow.
“The main goal for us this weekend is to work together and keep the momentum going throughout the entire game,” junior forward Catherine Shugrue said.
In their first two games this season, the Hoyas have come out strong before fading in the second half. Bryant has scored only one of their five goals this season in the second half, something that bodes well for Georgetown.
The Hoyas will have to look out for Bryant’s freshman forward Rosie Bird, who has scored four of the team’s five goals this season and takes the majority of the Bulldogs’ shots.
“The biggest challenge for us is to make sure that we’re playing our game,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said.
If last year was any indication, not only should the Blue and Gray claim victory Friday, but it should also be a fun game for the team. Last year, the Hoyas crushed the Bulldogs 6-1. Shugrue led the way against Bryant in that game, scoring three goals, and is threatening to repeat that feat after getting off to a fantastic start this year.
“[Shugrue] has improved her overall game this year,” Marsh said. “I’m excited to see what she does.”
After the Hoyas’ game against the Bulldogs, they will head to Worcester, Mass., for their game against the Crusaders and the first-ever meeting between the two Catholic schools.
“It is our first time playing Holy Cross, so we are excited to play a new well-matched team,” Shugrue said.
Holy Cross, like Bryant, hasn’t had many positives so far this season. Their first real glimmer of hope came Wednesday when the team got their first win in a game against Siena in overtime.
In order for Georgetown to win, they will likely need a solid contribution from junior forward Annie Wilson. Wilson has scored half of the team’s goals this season — including the overtime goal against Lehigh that gave the team its first win of the year — and was recently named to the Big East weekly honor roll.
“Annie has worked really hard this summer and [has] taken her game to a completely different level,” Marsh said.
As for the games this weekend, both Marsh and Shugrue expect to get the best shot from their opponents, who are similarly hoping to crawl to .500.
“They’re going to come out pretty intense against us,” Marsh said. “We want to play our style. If we can do us really well, I think that we’ll be okay.”
“As long as we recognize what we did well in the previous games and focus on our strengths, I think we can have back-to-back wins this weekend,” Shugrue said.
Georgetown takes on Bryant today at 1:00 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I.