The Georgetown University field hockey team lost 5-0 on the road to the University of Connecticut on Friday, Nov. 1, before defeating Sacred Heart University in Connecticut 2-0 to finish out their season at 6-13 and 1-6 in Big East conference play Sunday, Nov. 3.
Georgetown (6-13, 1-6 Big East) played powerhouse UConn (16-3, 7-0 Big East) away in Storrs, Conn., on Friday, Nov. 1, and suffered defeat by a final score of 0-5,marking the 10th consecutive loss for the Hoyas. This loss came at the hands of the Huskies, the toughest team on Georgetown’s schedule this year, with UConn being the team at the top of the Big East standings throughout the season.
The Huskies entered the game looking to remain undefeated in conference competition and maintain momentum going into the conference semifinals Friday, Nov. 8. The Hoyas entered this trip to Connecticut on a nine-game losing streak that had derailed any postseason hopes for the team.
The game started with an early chance from Georgetown senior Michaela Bruno, who nearly scored in the first minute of the game. This shot turned out to be one of the Hoyas’ closest chances at a goal for the whole game as they only managed to attempt two more shots, one by Bruno and one by junior forward Cami Osborne. The Huskies, meanwhile, swarmed the Georgetown goal with 21 shots, 12 of which were on target as the Hoyas were unable to muster any substantial progress downfield to clear the ball from the Hoyas’ defensive zone. To sophomore goalkeeper Ciara Weets’ credit, she saved an impressive seven shots, bringing her season total up to 84 saves in the Georgetown net after a strong first half in which she only allowed one goal to the dominant Husky offense.
The Hoyas’ game against Sacred Heart, their last of the season, in Fairfield, Conn., finally broke their 10-game losing streak, ending the season on a victory. The game finished with a shutout at 2-0 Sunday, Nov. 3.
Senior back Emily Fraser scored her first goal of the season in the final game of her illustrious career on the Hilltop, having started 12 of 14 matches on the back end for the Hoyas, on a penalty stroke in the fifth minute. In the second quarter, Bruno went on the offensive and attempted three shots before finally finding the back of the net near the end of the second quarter. The Hoyas were able to hold Sacred Heart to just one shot in the second half, cementing their final victory of the season.
In the matchup with Sacred Heart, Weets made 5 saves to increase her total to 89 on the year, the highest total in the Big East. Georgetown did a much better job of building a substantial offensive attack this game than they did against UConn, as the Hoyas took 11 shots to Huskies’ five.
The Hoyas are now looking to the next season as they aim to take the positives from this season and build into the next. They will be looking to improve their conference placement since finishing last behind Villanova going into the offseason.