April 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown field hockey team is nearing the end of its 2013 spring season. On Saturday, April 13, the team of 13 took on American University in a friendly spring scrimmage. With no active goalie on their roster and a small squad, the team was exhausted, but encouraged by their high level of play.
The following day, the team took on a different opponent: field hockey alumnae.
Twenty-two Georgetown alumnae gathered at Multi-Sport Field on Sunday, April 14 - donning matching Hoyas Field Hockey t-shirts - to take on the current players.
"What an incredible time it was yesterday reuniting with my old teammates and playing the game I love," says Michaela Brown ('03).
To the alums, the annual Alumnae game is always more than just the game. It is a chance to reconnect with old friends, return to campus, and remember those days as a Hoya student-athlete - those early morning walks to Yates for lifting, visiting the Training Room in between classes and team lunches at Leo's.
"It was probably better that the current team was tired from yesterday's game - it evened the playing field a bit for us," says Maggie Farrand, Co-President of Georgetown's Circle Club. "They might have gone easy on us too...but I think we really held our own."
This year's Alumnae Game welcomed a record 22 alumnae from four different decades.
Recent graduates like 2009 All-BIG EAST member Kristen Volpe, recent graduate Kalli Krumpos ('12), two-time leading scorer Maggie Farrand and 2007 captain Lauren Sheets, along with Annika Bannon ('11), Kristin Twomey ('08), Michaela Brown ('03) (and her 7-month old son!), Bridget McConnell McCall ('02), Cecilia Kline ('02), Sherri Miles-Foley ('92), Martha Miller ('92) and Mary Quinn ('81) all came out to play against the 2013 Hoyas.
Also joining the alumnae team were the ten members of the class of 2013, who just finished their career on the Hilltop in the fall, including All BIG EAST Second Team Annie Wilson, fourth all-time goalie Briana Pereira, defensive leader Laura Thistle, and Georgetown's sixth leading point producer Catherine Shugrue. Also joining the Alumnae was Katy Wingo, Charlotte Tierney, Kimmy Keating, Caitlin Hickey, Claire Mittermiller and Molly McShea.
The alums survived the three 15-minute periods, and celebrated after with a tailgate. Parents, fans and friends joined the players at the tailgate to catch up and mingle with the alumnae.
"It's so great to see this many hockey alums come back to Georgetown and play," says Lauren Sheets, Co-President of Georgetown's Circle Club. "We love to see this, and we hope even more join us next year!".