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Drexel Downs GU in Home Heartbreaker

The score was closer than the game.

Though Georgetown held Drexel to 2-1 despite the Dragons’ offensive dominance, Hoya field hockey slipped to a 1-4 record on the season with Wednesday’s loss on Kehoe Field.

Drexel dominated nearly the entire game, allowing Georgetown just a few breaks up the field. Only tight defense rescued Georgetown from Drexel’s relentless offensive pressure, a showcase that featured 25 shots, 14 of which were on goal. The attack kept Hoya junior goalkeeper Abby Winer busy at the net as she totaled seven saves. In contrast, Georgetown managed only four shots, two on goal.

“It was just hard to put it in,” freshman forward aggie Farrand said of the team’s offensive troubles. “We need to work on putting that offensive pressure, getting the second and third shots.”

Despite the lack of offensive aggression, Georgetown’s defense withstood the Dragons’ pressure for nearly 30 minutes on Saturday until junior midfielder Rachel Zeldin found freshman forward Catherine Chiara to score the first goal of the game for Drexel in the 29th minute, forcing the Hoyas to enter halftime behind, 1-0.

Georgetown retaliated 10 minutes into the second half when Farrand combined with sophomore midfielder Deirdre McShea to score the equalizing goal for the Hoyas. Farrand’s goal, a clean shot to the net from just inside the arc, was her first in a Georgetown jersey, though the freshman did total four assists in the first four games of the season.

“We’ve been really working on finishing,” Head Coach Laurie Carroll said of the Hoyas’ offense. “We always prepare all sides of the game.”

Drexel avenged the goal just five minutes later off one of their nine offensive corners, putting them the on top of the scoreboard for the remaining 20 minutes of the game.

The underclassmen continue to lead the Hoyas’ offensive production on the field. In addition to Farrand’s goal and cShea’s assist, the Hoyas received solid play from sophomore midfielder Lauren Gallagher as well as sophomore defenders Lauren Sheets and Annie Haffenreffer. Though freshman midfielder Ashton Hospodar did not register in Wednesday’s box score, Hospodar did lead the Hoyas in more than one break up the field.

After tallying three goals in the first four games, freshman midfielder Katie Lachman fell short in Wednesday’s game, not even getting off a single shot, though she did clock in a substantial number of minutes off the bench.

With a team on which the underclassmen dominate and the freshmen fit in so well early in the season, the question is how the team manages the feat.

“I’ve gotten really used to playing with the girls, just knowing where to pass,” Farrand said of her adjustment to the team. “I love it.”

The Hoyas will try to convert the defensive play and offensive goals into a second win for the team on Saturday.

“We always play Hoya hockey, but we always change it a little bit for the opponent,” Carroll said of the matchup. “We’re ready for a win. Our goal is to score first.”

Georgetown will take on the Bucknell Bison at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lewisberg, Pa.

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