Oct. 10, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown field hockey team (4-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) returns to the Hilltop, after a three-game road stretch, for a pair of matches against Providence (8-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) and Saint Joseph's (6-6, 2-2 Atlantic 10) on Saturday and Sunday at Multi Sport Field. Both games are slated to begin at noon.
Sunday's game against the Hawks will also serve as the Hoyas' Play4theCure game, part of the new partnership between the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NCFR) and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
The President of the NFCR, Franklin Salisbury, Jr., will be on hand to recognize the GU field hockey team with the National Foundation for Cancer Research's Play4theCure Winner's Circle Award for their fundraising efforts for breast cancer research. The ceremony will take place prior to the start of the match.
The Hoyas take on the Providence Friars in the second BIG EAST contest of the season on Saturday. The first conference game, a 6-0 loss against the No. 6 UConn Huskies in Storrs, Conn., saw sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Red Land) record a season and career high in saves with 10. Overall, Skonecki has 47 saves on the season, placing her third in the conference.
Molly Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer), Devin Holmes (Fleetville, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) and Louise Chakejian (Chester Springs, Pa./The Episcopal Academy) have complimented Skonecki's play in cage by providing defensive saves. Thompson is tied for first place in the league in the category with two, while Holmes and Chakejian have one apiece.
Offensively, Sarah Butterfield (Bridgewater, N.J./Oak Knoll) became the fourth Hoya to score three goals for GU in the loss against Columbia. She joins Aliyah Graves-Brown (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg Academy), Megan Parsons (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria) and Emily Weinberg (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) in the multi-goal scoring club, overall seven Hoyas have scored 16 goals.
Providence comes to the Hilltop with a record of 8-5, 0-1 in BIG EAST play. The Friars dropped a game against Boston University, 2-1, on Thursday. The team is led by Megan Hamilton, who is second in the conference with 10 goals. She is one of nine players who have scored for the team this season.
The Friars are holding their opponents to 1.92 goals per game, while goalkeeper Deidra Clymer has 46 saves on the season and a .648 save percentage.
This is the 14th meeting between the two programs; the Friars have an all-time record of 11-2 against GU. Last season's meeting was a 5-0 victory by Providence in Rhode Island.
Scouting Saint Joseph's
Saint Joseph's comes to the Hilltop on Sunday following a Friday afternoon game against Massachusetts at home. Jordan Martin leads the Hawks in scoring with five goals; she also has three assists for a total of 13 points on the season. She is one of nine Hawks' players to have contributed a goal. In the cage for the Hawks is Amelia Deibler, who has played every minute this season. She has 58 saves for a save percentage of .652, Deibler has also recorded two shutouts in 2014.
This is the 18th meeting between the Hoyas and the Hawks; Saint Joseph's has an all-time 12-5 advantage. The last meeting was a 1-0 Hawk victory, in 2011, at the William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex.
About the National Foundation for Cancer Research
The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) is a leading cancer research charity dedicated to funding cancer research and public education relating to cancer prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside.
Since 1973, NFCR has provided over $320 million in support of discovery-oriented cancer research focused on understanding how and why cells become cancerous, and on public education relating to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. NFCR scientists are discovering cancer's molecular mysteries and translating these discoveries into therapies that hold the hope for curing cancer. NFCR is about Research for a Cure - cures for all types of cancer.
The new partnership will focus on integrating field hockey teams across the nation into the family of 500+ sports teams that already take part in NFCR's Play4theCure. Every dollar raised by the Play4theCure sports-based fundraising program will be dedicated to cancer research projects selected by each participating team.
Donations can be made at: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/GeorgetownFieldHockey/stick-it-to-cancer, there will also be a table at the match where fans can make donations.