The Georgetown field hockey team (1-1) opened its season Aug. 30 with a solid victory against Davidson (0-2), marking the Hoyas’ fourth consecutive victory over the Wildcats. The next game, however, Georgetown ended its opening homestand in disappointment with a loss to Appalachian State (2-0).
Georgetown field hockey returned to action against Davidson on Aug. 30 at Cooper Field. Having defeated the Wildcats in their previous three matchups, the Hoyas headed into the season opener with hopes of a fourth consecutive victory. From the whistle, the Blue and Gray dominated offensively, tallying three shots and three penalty corners in the first quarter to Davidson’s zero shots and zero penalty corners. While the Hoyas could not find the back of the cage in the first quarter, they quickly put away a goal in the second to go up 1-0.
Freshman midfielder Ellie Maransky opened up the scoring, finding the right side of the cage in the 23rd minute. The goal propelled the Hoyas’ offensive momentum, leading to their 10 shots in the second quarter to the Wildcats’ zero. Senior forward Lindsey Getz added to the Blue and Gray lead with a goal of her own in the 28th minute of the match.
Maransky recorded her second collegiate goal and second of the game shortly into the third quarter during the 42nd minute to put the Blue and Gray up 3-0. In the 53rd minute, senior midfielder Michela Bruno slotted the ball past the goalkeeper on a breakaway after receiving an assist from Maransky, extending the Hoyas’ lead to four in the process.
Getz finished off the team’s offensive efforts by capitalizing off of a pass from sophomore midfielder Halle Gill, eventually dribbling the ball past the Davidson keeper to score the Hoyas’ fifth goal in the 54th minute. Despite two goals scored by the Wildcats’ offense late in the fourth quarter, the Hoyas secured a 5-2 victory to open their season.
After defeating Davidson by one in a nailbiter last season, Georgetown emerged from Friday’s matchup with a much greater margin of victory, recording five goals and 22 shots on the day.
Head Coach Christy Longacre was obviously pleased with the Hoyas’ opening performance. “Today was a great start for us,” Longacre said in an interview with GUHoyas. “Davidson was a tough team and put a lot of pressure on us, but I was happy with how our team adjusted and made it work.”
Coming off of a promising first victory, Georgetown faced off against Appalachian State in the second game of their two-game homestand.
Both teams began the game evenly matched, holding one another to zero goals through the first two quarters. The tie was broken in the 33rd minute of the match when sophomore goalkeeper Ciara Weets came out of the cage in an attempt to shut down a breakaway by the Mountaineers. Despite Weets’ efforts, the Appalachian State offense found the inside of the cage to go up by one early in the third quarter.
The Hoyas responded to the goal with several offensive opportunities in an effort to even the score. Getz let off a shot in the play following the goal, just missing high. Junior back Ali Cronin followed up with a pair of shots of her own that were both saved by the Mountaineer goalkeeper.
Appalachian State would go on to close out the game, winning 1-0 and handing Georgetown its first loss of the 2019 season. Appalachian State tallied 11 shots with six on goal to Georgetown’s 10 shots, seven being on goal. Both teams emerged with eight penalty corners in the match. The Mountaineers improved to 2-0 on the year while Georgetown fell to 1-1.
The Hoyas next face Longwood in Farmville, Va., on Friday at 2 p.m. as part of a four-game road trip before opening Big East play.