Aug. 27, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University field hockey team will be opening the 2010 season this weekend as they host the second annual Georgetown Invitational. The Hoyas open against Bryant University (0-1) on Saturday Aug. 28 at the William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex on the campus of American University at 11 a.m. GU will conclude the weekend when they take on St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday Aug. 29 at 11 a.m.
The Hoyas return eight starters from a year ago, including their back line of senior captain Annika Bannon (Hopkinton, Mass./Notre Dame Academy), junior Ai Nishino (Rye,N.Y./Rye) , and sophomore Sophia Pifer (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh). Bannon led team with seven assists last season and has started in 54 consecutive games since arriving on the Hilltop. Sophomore goalkeeper Briana Pereira (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) will play behind the experienced back line. Pereira started five games during her freshman season, earning a victory in the Hoyas season finale against Radford.
Sophomore Katy Wingo is the Hoyas returning leading scorer, tallying three goals and four assists (10 points) during her freshman season. Charlotte Tierney (Rye, N.Y./Holy Child), Annie Wilson (Darien, Conn/Darien), and Kimberly Keating (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) each scored two goals apiece last season. Kalli Krumpos (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) will serve as team captain for the 2010 season along with Bannon.
Head Coach Tiffany Marsh is at the helm for her third season on the Hilltop. Kathryn Masson, who served as a volunteer assistant coach at Maryland following a successful playing career joins Marsh's staff to work with the defense and goalkeeper.
BRYANT- Saturday Aug. 28 11 a.m. The Bulldogs are 0-1 following a loss to Davidson, 5-0. Bryant who enters its third year with Division I programs is in its first season as a full Division I member. The Bulldogs return 17 letterwinners and bring in five freshmen. Courtney Landi led the team in goals (8) and points (18) last season.
ST. FRANCIS (PA.)- Sunday Aug. 29 11 a.m. The Red Flash returns 16 letterwinners from last season and welcomes six freshmen. The Red Flash host Temple University on Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. for their home opener. Their first NEC match will be played on Oct. 10 2010 against Monmouth University. The Hoyas have a series record of 4-0 against the Red Flash, with the last contest being a 4-1 victory on Aug. 31 , 2007. The game marked Bannon's third career start. Former Hoya Katie Lachman scored two goals and had one assist in the game.