Hoyas Drop Season Finale to Villanova on Senior Day

Katie Dempsey receiving the captains' instructions before her final game.

Nov. 2, 2013

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WASHINGTON – Georgetown (2-16, 0-7 BIG EAST) fell on their senior day to a BIG EAST rival in the Villanova Wildcats in a close battle where the Wildcats came out on top, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md. There were a few drops of rain in College Park in the second half, while the game was primarily played under cloudy conditions.

Before the game, Georgetown honored its two graduating seniors, Caitlin Samela (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) and Katie Dempsey (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Country Day School of the Sacred Heart)

Caitlin’s father, Bill, mother, Pat, and sister, Christine stood at midfield as Caitlin was walked through a tunnel of her fellow teammates. She was escorted to her family by junior back Elizabeth Mueller (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) and sophomore midfielder Taylor Craig (New Canaan, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall).

Dempsey interlocked arms with sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) and sophomore forward Sarah Butterfield (Bridgewater, N.J./Oak Knoll) as she was walked to her father, Bob, mother, Sheila, and brother, Brian.

Samela and Dempsey were also greeted at midfield by head coach Tiffany Hubbard and assistant head coach Melissa Vassalotti, who presented each of the seniors with a bouquet of flowers.

Fittingly, Georgetown came out with some fire in the opening minutes. Dempsey, who appeared in all 18 games this year, gave the Hoyas a great scoring opportunity a few minutes in. She maneuvered by the last line of Villanova defenders and took an off-balanced shot that went just wide, hitting the side of the cage 3:43 into the game.

The Wildcats then drew a penalty corner around 10 minutes into the game. Junior forward Jessica Swoboda inserted the corner into play for Villanova. Junior forward Leah High served as the stopper for junior back Maddy Harding who blasted a shot from the top of the circle that was just out of reach from starting Georgetown freshman goalie Rosalie Nolen (West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson). Harding, who came into the game having taken a third of Villanova’s 150 shot total on the season, finished with a game-high seven shots, though only two were on goal.

One goal was all Villanova needed to secure their first BIG EAST win of the season.

Dempsey gave the Blue & Gray another opportunity when she took consecutive shots that we both saved by the Villanova starting goalie, Julia Todd. Dempsey’s shot were from the near-side post, but the angle coupled with the several Wildcat defenders made it difficult for her to get a good look.

After allowing a goal on the first corner, the Hoyas were able to frustrate the Wildcats for their remaining eight penalty corners.

With 12:28 remaining in the first half, Georgetown’s Mueller blocked a shot on the Wildcats’ second corner opportunity. After scoring on their first corner, Mueller, who serves as a one of the masked defenders in the cage with Nolen, came out to the top of the circle after the ball was put into play to block Villanova sophomore forward Kayla Kenney’s shot from the top of the circle in a great defensive thwart.

Georgetown freshman midfielder Maria McDonald (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) took a shot with about 30 seconds remaining in the half that went wide of the cage to send the game to halftime with Villanova leading, 1-0.

The Hoyas opened the second half with a shot by Craig, who made her 12th start of the season, that was stopped by Todd in the Wildcats’ cage.

GU then drew five consecutive penalty corners over the span of about four minutes from 38:52-43:09. Freshman back Hailey Vann put all the corners into play for the Hoyas. Sophomore midfielder Louise Chakejian (Chester Springs, Pa./The Episcopal Academy) stopped most of the insertions with sophomore back Callie Hiner (Westport, Conn./Staples) stopping one. The Wildcats’ blocked five of the Hoyas’ shots on the corners, three that were from the stick of Weinberg and two by Chakejian.

There was about a one minute period from the second to third corner when Georgetown controlled the ball. Butterfield took a shot in this time, but the shot went just wide as it went by the Wildcat goalie who came out to contend the shot.

The collection of penalty corners in the second half and Butterfield’s shot marked Georgetown’s best opportunities to score in the final 35 minutes of their season. McDonald was able to take another shot, which went wide of the cage, with four minutes remaining in the game for their last scoring chance.

Stating GU goalie Nolen came out to contend a shot with 25:25 left in the second half, coming to the top of the circle to make a play on the ball, preventing the scoring effort from a Villanova forward. Wildcat sophomore back Ashton Whalen was able to get a shot off, but it was wide right.

The Hoyas ended their season with a 2-16 overall record while going 0-7 against BIG EAST opponents.

Butterfield led the Hoyas with 13 points, on one assist and a team-leading six goals, on the season, followed by Weinberg with five.

Butterfield, Weinberg, Chakejian, Mueller and Vann started all 18 games for Georgetown this season. Nolen made all 18 starts in the cage for Georgetown.

With the loss of two captains in graduating seniors Dempsey and Samela, Georgetown will bring back most of their roster. Their freshmen were able to develop and learn from the upperclassmen. The defensive back line was able to start most of the games together (Mueller and Vann started all 18 together). With aggressive forwards who will continue to look for scoring opportunities, the Hoyas will look to improve on their 2013 record next season.



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