Hoyas Control First Half but Can't Hold Off Rutgers
Oct. 5, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Georgetown University's field hockey team (2-11, 0-3) hosted Rutgers (7-6, 1-3) in a BIG EAST conference battle Friday night and lost 5-1. It was the Hoyas annual Stick-it-to-Cancer game. Georgetown raised over $11,000 to benefit the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
It was a tale of two halves for the Hoyas. Georgetown controlled the action for the game's first 35 minutes. GU ripped eight shots in the period compared to RU's 5. Less than five minutes into the affair a streaking Annie Wilson (Darien, Conn./Darien) scored after Sarah Butterfield (Bridgewater, N.J./Oak Knoll) caused a Rutgers turnover and angled a beautiful pass to Wilson.
Though Rutgers tied the game just before half Georgetown's defense had been stellar. Starting defenders Laura Thistle (Philadelphia, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy), Elizabeth Mueller (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS), Caitlin Hickey (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) and Emily Weinberg (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) stopped every Rutgers threat with deflections or steals. Rutgers Alyssa Bull scored her first of the night just three minutes prior to halftime; she buried another goal late in the second stanza.
The second half was the complete opposite of the first. The Scarlet Knights found a way to control all the action and blistered shot after shot on GU's goalie Briana Pereira (Medford, N.J./Shawnee). Pereira ended the evening with five saves and had to face 18 shots and nine penalty corners in the final 35 minutes.
Rutgers' forward Lisa Patrone had three goals on the night, two off corners.
Georgetown returns to action on Sunday, October 7 when the Hoyas take on Cornell at 4 p.m. at University of Maryland's Field Hockey Complex. Georgetown will celebrate senior day prior to the start of the contest.