Georgetown Women's Soccer Meets Siena in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament
Nov. 11, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown Women's soccer team (13-6-1 overall) will play Siena College (17-3-0) tomorrow at 8 PM. The Hoyas garnered a No. 2 seed and will face off against the Saints at Ludwig Field on the campus of the University of Maryland.
The Hoyas finished the regular season with a 13-5-1 overall record, including a 7-3-1 mark in the MAAC, which helped the team earn the No. 2 seed in the National Division of the BIG EAST Tournament. Georgetown started the season off with a program-best 7-0 record and the team had two wins over NCAA Tournament teams, a road win against James Madison, and a 3-1 win over South Florida. The Hoyas closed out the regular season with a 1-1 draw against No. 10 Notre Dame.
Siena won their first ever MAAC Championship last week, earning an automatic bid into the tournament. The Saints were 17-3 overall this season, posting a 6-3 BIG EAST record. Although the Saints are just 3-7 all-time against BIG EAST competition, they posted a perfect 2-0 against the BIG EAST conference this season, with wins over Connecticut and Providence.
This will be the second appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Hoyas, who last made it in 2007, falling to William & Mary, 2-1, in the first round. The Hoyas' strong 2010 campaign earned them their second NCAA appearance, and they plan on making a bigger impact the second time around.
"We're excited to play and we're happy to be in," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "This is what I would feel should be our expectation every year, to be an NCAA Tournament team, and not to be the team that may just make it every three or four teams. We were a comfortable NCAA team this year."
The Hoyas are led by redshirt junior midfielder Ingrid Wells (Upper Montclair, N.J./Upper Montclair) who leads the team in scoring with eight goals and 10 assists for 26 points. She was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection.
Wells is one of four players to score in double figures for the Hoyas, joined by First Team All-BIG EAST midfielder Kelly D'Ambrisi (Trumbull, Conn./Lauralton Hall Academy). D'Ambrisi, a junior, has scored four goals and four assists this season for 12 points.
Junior forward Camille Trujillo (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X), an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, is second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points.
The Hoyas have featured a high-powered offense all season, but the offense has also been accompanied by some stellar defensive play. The defense is led by senior goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin (Sunnyvale, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) and senior defender Michaela Buonomo (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock), who both have played huge roles in the Hoya defense being ranked third in the BIG EAST in goals allowed (0.80 per game).
DesJardin, who was selected to the ESPN Academic All-District 2 First Team last week, is the school's all-time leader in shutouts with 29. DesJardin also ranks among the top-20 in the country in shutouts and save percentage. Buonomo, has started every game of her Georgetown career, and has been part of a defensive unit that has recorded eight shutouts this year. Additionally, last year, the defense set a Georgetown record for fewest goals allowed in a season (14).
The winner of the Siena-Georgetown game will play the winner of a match between High Point and No. 1 seed Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 14.