Oct. 24, 2013
WASHINGTON – The Hoyas’ field hockey team (2-13, 0-5 BIG EAST) will play two road games this weekend, though their Sunday game at Maryland is where they normally play their home games. The Blue & Gray will first take on the No. 17 BIG EAST Temple Owls (12-4, 3-2 BIG EAST) in Philadelphia, Pa. on Fri., Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. and then the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins (15-1, 4-0 ACC) on Sun., Oct. 27 at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md. at 1 p.m.
On the season, Georgetown is 0-2 against ranked teams, having faced the then-ranked No. 16 Louisville and No. 2 Connecticut.
The Hoyas are led by sophomore forward Sarah Butterfield’s (Bridgewater, N.J./Oak Knoll) 13 points on six goals and one assist. Georgetown is in the midst of an offensive drought that they hope to break through in the second to last weekend of the regular season. Butterfield, freshman goalie Rosalie Nolen (West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson), sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown), sophomore midfielder Louise Chakejian (Chester Springs, Pa./The Episcopal Academy), freshman back Hailey Vann (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) and junior back Elizabeth Mueller (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) have started all 15 games for Georgetown this season. Sixteen Hoyas have seen action in at least nine games.
Georgetown will take on No. 17 Temple at Geasey Field in Philadelphia, Pa. on Fri., Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. in the BIG EAST Conference matchup. Free live video will be available HERE for the Friday matchup. The Owls have won two straight games, against Appalachian State, 4-0, and at Drezel, 1-0. Temple has only lost to two teams since mid-September which came at Louisville, 2-1 in OT, on Oct. 4 and against Old Dominion, 1-0, on Oct. 13.
Temple’s junior forward Abmer Youtz leads the Owls with 31 points on 13 goals and five assists. Youtz has taken 49 shots, 32 on goal for a .653 shot on goal percentage. Senior midfielder Molly Doyle follows Youtz up with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Junior midfielder Nicole Kroener leads the squad with 10 assists to go along with her three goals for 16 points. In all, 12 Owls have at least a goal or an assist on the season.
Redshirt-junior goal keeper Lizzy Millen has started all 19 games in net for Temple. She boasts a .827 save percentage and a 1.17 goals against average to go along with her five shutouts.
The Blue & Gray last faced Temple when they hosted the Owls on Sept. 5, 2013. Georgetown was defeated 2-0 in the matchup.
Georgetown then plays visitor at their home site when they take on Maryland on Sunday; the only thing that will change for the Hoyas are which bench they are on and the colors of their jerseys. No. 1 Maryland takes on Virginia on Friday, before playing host to the Hoyas.
Maryland has played plenty of stiff competition this season to live up to their No. 1 rank. The Terrapins are 8-1 against ranked teams this season. Half of those ranked wins have come on the road.
Maryland recently lost their first game of the season last Sun., Oct. 20 against Old Dominion, 3-2, at home. The Terrapins’ loss came right before the Hoyas took of the Liberty Lady Flames. The last home loss for Maryland was on Oct. 20, 2012 against North Carolina.
Maryland has four women with 20+ points on the season. Senior forward Jill Witmer leads the squad with 33 points, on five assists and a team-leading 14 goals. Witmer has 28 shots on goal this season meaning that she is scoring on exactly half her shots. Junior midfielder Maxine Fluharty (9 G, 5 A) and sophomore midfielder Anna Dessoye (7 G, 9 A) rank tied for second on the team with 23 points each.
The Terrapins have 69 goals on their 211 shots on goal this season for a .327 goal percentage, while holding their opponents to only 20 goals on 89 shots on goal. Senior goalie Natalie Hunter has started 15 games in goal with a 1.14 goals against average with three shutouts. Redshirt-junior Brooke Cabrera has started the other five games between the posts for the Terrapins while allowing five goals on her opponents’ 15 shots on goal.
This is Georgetown’s first meeting with Maryland, though they currently share a home field. The Hoyas’ Head Coach Tiffany Hubbard will face her alma mater, Maryland, from where she played field hockey for four years. Coach Hubbard amassed 102 points while playing in 93 games for the Terrapins. She helped lead Maryland to their fourth national championship in 2005 during her senior season in which she started all 25 games, finishing with 39 points on 12 goals and a team-high 15 assists.
Georgetown’s Assistant Head Coach Melissa Vassalotti also graduated from Maryland. She owns a career record of 32-4 in goal for the Terrapins as she led her squad to consecutive National Championships in 2010 and 2011.
Coach Hubbard and Assistant Head Coach Vassalotti will face their former coach, Maryland’s Missy Meharg, who has been coaching the Terrapins for 26 years. Meharg has led her program to seven national titles.
Following the Friday and Sunday games for Georgetown, the Hoyas will only have one game remaining on the season which will be Senior Night against Villanova on Sat., Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md.