After splitting a pair of games on their first weekend of play, Georgetown’s field hockey team looks to improve its early record as it travels to Virginia this weekend to take on Liberty and Richmond.
On their swing through North Carolina last weekend, the Hoyas defeated Appalachian State, 3-2, on Saturday before falling, 4-0, to Davidson Sunday.
This year’s squad boasts 10 seniors, and all three of Saturday’s goals came from members of that class. Forward Catherine Shugrue scored the first goal, midfielder Kimberly Keating put the Blue and Gray up 2-1 and forward Annie Wilson netted the team’s final goal.
“This is the largest group of seniors since I have been here,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said. “They were brought in to do a complete 180 with the program. Their experience playing four years in the Big East is invaluable.”
Wilson, perhaps this season’s most talented player, was named to the all-Big East second team at the end of last season, and Marsh hopes that her star will build off that success with an even better 2012.
“Annie has worked really hard and never gives up,” Marsh said. “She is really a student of the game: She likes to watch and play. You can’t help but notice her on the field. She is so fast and feisty.”
Wilson and the rest of the Hoyas will hit the road again this weekend, taking on Liberty at 1 p.m. Saturday in Lynchburg, Va., before heading to the Commonwealth’s capital to take on Richmond on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Liberty fell 2-1 in its season opener against St. Joseph’s but bounced back to defeat Lehigh, 1-0, in its second game. That win also had the distinction of being the Flames’ first-ever victory against a Division I opponent.
“With Liberty, it is hard to know what to expect, because it is a pretty new program,” Marsh said. “There seems to be a pretty solid group down there, [though].”
Like Liberty, Richmond also enters the weekend with a 1-1 record, but the Spiders have played two much more difficult opponents.
UR defeated No. 25 American, 4-1, in their opener but lost, 6-1, to No. 8 Virginia.
“We expect a lot from Richmond,” Marsh said. “They are very athletic and talented.”
Although Richmond is a strong team, Marsh is confident that Georgetown has the tools to hang tough.
“This is the most talented group overall since I have been here,” Marsh said. “We want to continue to make a mark in the Big East. I expect people to work hard at it and see where our season can take us.”
After this weekend’s pair of games, Georgetown will head to St. Louis, Mo., to take on Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Saint Louis on Sunday, Sept. 9.
“Saint Louis is brand new. We have never been there before, so it will be a lot of fun,” Marsh said. “There is nowhere to go but up. We have a lot to look forward to.”