Nov. 1, 2013
WASHINGTON – In their regular season finale on Sat., Nov. 2, the Georgetown field hockey team (2-15, 0-6) plays host to the Villanova Wildcats (3-12, 0-6) in a BIG EAST matchup at the University of Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at 3 p.m. in College Park, Md.
The Hoyas look to close out their regular season with a BIG EAST victory against their rival.
Georgetown will honor two seniors before the game, Katie Dempsey (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Country Day School of the Sacred Heart) and Caitlin Samela (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset). Both Dempsey and Samela have served as captains this year for the team and will graduate in May of 2014. The seniors have each twice been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s National Academic list.
Sophomore forward Sarah Butterfield (Bridgewater, N.J./Oak Knoll) leads the Hoyas with 13 points on six goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) has five points on the season. A total of 12 different Hoyas have either a goal or an assist in 2013.
Butterfield, Weinberg, sophomore midfielder Louise Chakejian (Chester Springs, Pa./The Episcopal Academy), junior back Elizabeth Mueller (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS), freshman back Hailey Vann (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) and freshman goalie Rosalie Nolen (West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson) come into the Blue & Gray’s 18th and final game having started every game thus far.
In the Hoyas’ last four games, they have faced three ranked teams (No. 2 Connecticut, Oct. 18; No. 17 Temple, Oct. 25; No. 1 Maryland, Oct. 27).
The Villanova Wildcats recently played this past Wed., Oct. 30 at the University of Pennsylvania. The Wildcats lost the game, 2-1. Sophomore forward Heather Smillie scored the lone goal, her third of the season, in the loss.
The Wildcats, like the Hoyas, come into Saturday’s game seeking their first BIG EAST win of the season. Villanova has lost its last six games while being outscored 24-8, though three of the losses were by a difference of only one goal.
One of Villanova’s three wins on the season came against the St. Louis Billikens, 4-2, on Sept. 14. The Hoyas also defeated St. Louis, 4-3, on Sept. 29.
The Wildcats are led offensively by Jessica Swoboda, Maddy Harding and Lauren Wilson. Swoboda, a junior forward, leads the squad with 16 points, one point above Harding, a junior back, who leads the team with six goals. Swoboad has five goals and six assists on the season. Wilson, a junior midfielder, has 10 points, three goals, four assists and 13 shots on goal.
Harding has taken exactly a third of the Wildcats’ shots coming into the Saturday BIG EAST matchup (50 of 150). Strangely enough, exactly half of her shots are on goal for a .500 shot on goal percentage.
Villanova has 11 women with at least one point of the season.
Senior Alex Diekmann has seen a bulk of the minutes in the cage for Villanova, having made 13 starts with a 3.62 goals against average. Diekmann shutout UMass-Lowell on Sept. 29, 3-0. She only made two saves in the shutout while the defensive core registered four saves for a total of six shots faced on goal.
Last season the Wildcats defeated the Hoyas, 5-3, on Oct. 26, 2012. GU’s Butterfield scored a goal in the game at the expense of Villanova’s Diekmann, who made the start in goal. Villanova’s Leah High, a junior forward, notched a game-high nine points on four goals and one assist in the 5-3 Wildcat win. This season, High has two goals and two assists.
Live stats for the game can be found here.
The Saturday finale will start at 3:05 p.m. in College Park, Md. with the public address welcome, senior day ceremony and player introductions scheduled to start at approximately 2:53 p.m.