Sept. 29, 2013
WASHINGTON – Sophomore forward Sarah Butterfield scored the game-winning goal for the Hoyas (2-8, 0-2) who defeated St. Louis (1-9) at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on Sunday night.
The Hoyas’ field hockey team won their second game of the season and scored four goals, a season high, in their 4-3 overtime victory against the Billikens.
St. Louis got out ahead early in the first half when junior forward Jami Alexander scored 2:46 into the game. Junior forward Faith Mackin made a pass from the near-side corner across the circle to Alexander who made the goal from close center to give the Billikens an early 1-0 lead.
Georgetown’s Sarah Butterfield answered with her fourth goal of the season to tie the game up going into halftime. Butterfield intercepted a pass in front of the goal that gave her a one-on-one opportunity against the Billikens’ starting goaltender Tori Westhead, who made her first start of the season. Butterfield beat her on the left side to knot the game up at one apiece with less than seven minutes to play in the half.
Georgetown took a 2-1 lead when sophomore midfielder Meghan Murphy deflected sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg’s shot for a goal 10:35 into the second half. It was Murphy’s first goal of the season. Murphy scored a goal in Georgetown’s 4-1 loss in St. Louis last season.
But St. Louis tied it up, 2-2, less than two minutes after Murphy’s goal. On a set corner play, junior midfielder Lisa Smith scored a goal which was assisted by senior back Caiti Brownell, who stopped the inserted corner pass, and freshman midfielder Caitlin Gibson, who put the corner into play for the Billikens.
Emily Weinberg and Meghan Murphy teamed up for another goal four minutes after the Billikens tied it back up to take the lead again, 3-2. Murphy passed to Weinberg who blasted the shot from the top of the circle for her second goal of the season. Murphy tallied her first assist on the played. Weinberg and Murphy each had a goal and an assist on the night.
The teams’ goal-trading continued when St. Louis tied it up again, 3-3, with less than five minutes to play in regulation. Caitlin Gibson, who tallied an assist earlier in the night, took a shot from outside of the circle which was deflected in goal by Faith Mackin, who added a goal to her earlier assist in the game.
The Hoyas were successful in their first overtime game of the season. It was the team’s first overtime game since their season-finale against Providence in 2011, which Georgetown also won.
In the seven-on-seven overtime action, Georgetown continued to apply pressure to the Billikens’ defense and needed 11:55 to finish off the Billikens. St. Louis’ goalie Tori Westhead played very aggressive to the point where she was meeting Georgetown outside of the circle to dive for balls before the Hoyas could get shots off.
But the Blue & Gray finally beat Westhead with 3:05 remaining in overtime when freshman forward Aliyah Graves tallied her third assist of the season when she set Sarah Butterfield up in front of the net to secure Georgetown’s overtime victory, 4-3.
Georgetown’s squad ran on the field to celebrate with Butterfield, Graves and the rest of the Hoyas.
Freshman goalie Rosalie Nolen made her tenth start of the season and made seven saves to bring her season total up to 82.
With the except of the two backup goalies, every Hoya played in the game against St. Louis, the first time that all position-players played in a single-game during the 2013 season.
The game’s aggressive play led to a total of four green cards and one yellow card. Georgetown had two green cards, one to freshman back Hailey Vann and the other to Sarah Butterfield, and one yellow card, which was assessed to sophomore back Callie Hiner.
The Hoyas look to win back-to-back games for the first time of the season when they host St. Francis of Loretto, Pa. on Fri., Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md. The game will conclude the Hoyas four-game home stand.