Freshman Ai Nishino and the Hoyas held Northwestern scoreless in the first half, fell short.
Sept. 11, 2008
College Park, Md - The Georgetown University field hockey team (0-5) held Northwestern University (3-2) to a scoreless tie through the first half, but three second half goals from the Wildcats proved to be the Hoyas undoing, as they fell 3-0 on Thursday night in their home opener.
"I think this game was definitely the best we've played all season," Georgetown head coach Tiffany Marsh said. "We worked together as a team and we played with a ton of energy, so I'm happy with the way we played, we just need to get to the points where we are not giving up so many corners."
The Hoyas defense kept the Wildcats from converting any of its five first half penalty corners, as senior goalkeeper Dee Crovo (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) had two saves in the opening half and the defense limited Northwestern's opportunities.
:"From game one to game five we've grown so much as a team," freshman back Ai Nishino said. "We're getting to know each other better to where we can play off each other. Every game we're improving."
Northwestern's attack proved persistent. Eight minutes into the second half following a penalty corner Northwestern's Alexandra Quinn knocked in Kendra Sirak's cross from the right side of the circle to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
With 10 minutes remaining in the match, Courtney Plaster-Strange converted a penalty stroke after falling in the circle on a breakaway, giving Northwestern a 2-0 lead. Alison Bullock would ice the game with four minutes remaining knocking a Plaster-Strange cross into the back of the net following another penalty corner, giving NU a 3-0 victory.
Crovo finished with five saves, while the Wildcats' Emily Kyle stopped four shots.
For the Hoyas the loss was its first to a BIG TEN opponent in three matches, having previously defeated Indiana in 2002 and Michigan State in 1991.
Georgetown is back in action on Friday, September 12, when they host Lehigh University at 7 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md.
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