Georgetown’s field hockey team (1-3) dropped both of its games last weekend and must now make the most of this weekend’s Midwest trip to reverse its sagging fortunes.
The Hoyas fell behind early in Saturday’s matchup with Liberty, trailing 2-0 in the first half in Lynchburg, Va.
“I think we came out really flat,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said.
Senior Kimberly Keating cut the lead to one when, with 17 minutes to play, she scored off a crossing pass from fellow senior Annie Wilson.
The Blue and Gray could not sustain momentum from the goal, however, and allowed the Flames (2-2) to score twice more in the final 10 minutes of the game.
“I think we learned a lot of lessons in that game,” Marsh said. “There was a lot to take from it and figure out what we don’t want to do necessarily in the next coming weeks. We started coming back but it was too little, too late.”
Unfortunately, the lessons from that game did not appear to sink in the next day, when Georgetown fell to Richmond, 8-1.
The Spiders (3-1) are, admittedly, one of the better teams the Hoyas have faced so far, though, and their roster of opponents includes two top-25 teams.
“Richmond has a lot of individual talent,” Marsh said. “We had seen some of their previous scores and we had known that it was going to be a tough game. They are always competing for their league title.”
While Georgetown came away clobbered in the end, Marsh believes that it’s important nonetheless for her squad to play good teams like Richmond.
“We are going to be facing teams of that caliber, if not higher, [as the season goes on],” Marsh said. “I think the second half of that game was completely different from the first half. The strategy that we had when we went out is going to be something that is going to really help us when we get into the Big East.”
Georgetown’s lone goal in the game came from freshman Emily Weinberg, who is part of a large class that is already contending with the team’s 10 seniors.
“The freshmen are exceeding my expectations at this point,” Marsh said. “A couple of them are really stepping up into some huge roles for us. They are really starting to find their comfort zones and breaking out of their freshman shells right now, which is really exciting to see.”
Renewed effort from the freshmen and a stronger defensive effort will be paramount this weekend when the Hoyas make their first-ever trip to the Show-Me State, taking on Missouri State and St. Louis for the first time in the program’s history.
Neither the Bears (0-3) nor the Billikens (0-5) have recorded a win so far on the season, giving Marsh hope that her team can improve upon its performances from last weekend.
“I think if we can come out and play, we can have a really successful weekend,” Marsh said. “I also think it is a big weekend for us, coming off of last weekend, to really fix a lot of things that didn’t go so well for us.”
Georgetown plays Missouri State Saturday at noon CDT and then takes on St. Louis 24 hours later at noon CDT Sunday.