Nov. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team gathered in a meeting room at McDonough Arena on Monday afternoon for the announcement of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament selections. There wasn't as much a sense of apprehension, as the team was fairly confident they would be included in the 64-team field. But there was a sense of relief, knowing that they have at least one more game to play.
That game will come this Saturday, Nov. 16 at Shaw Field, when the Hoyas, 15-2-2 overall, host Atlantic 10 power LaSalle (15-4-3), back-to-back winners of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
"We were pretty confident this year that we were going to get in," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "We felt that with our body of work and the season we've had that we would have a spot. They're (LaSalle) a very good team. This is their third-straight NCAA bid. Last year, they were an at-large and this year, they got in with a good record and are tournament champions. I know they have two very exceptional forwards and they are very well-coached. They're a motivated group and it will be a very difficult game for us."
This is Georgetown's fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they have a 3-3-1 record. The game against LaSalle, however, will mark the first home NCAA Tournament game in program history.
"I think the kids are excited to play and to play at home," Nolan said. "This will be our first ever NCAA game at home and I think they're excited about that opportunity. I think they're disappointed from Fridays result (in the BIG EAST Tournament), but I think there's enough in the tank for what we have coming forward."
Georgetown, ranked among the top-15 teams in the country all season, is coming off a 1-0 loss to DePaul in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. The Blue & Gray set a school record with 15 wins in the regular season, posted nine shutouts and had a 7-1-1 record in the BIG EAST. Georgetown is led by a balanced attack on offense and defense, with the Hoyas ranked No. 3 in the country in scoring offense (2.95 goals per game) and No. 32 in the country in goals-against average (0.73).
The Hoyas are led by BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), who has a team-best 27 points. Corboz, who was also an All-BIG EAST First Team selection and a candidate for the Hermann Trophy, has scored seven goals and has 13 assists. She missed the first five games of the season with an injury, but has been among the most dominating players in the BIG EAST since her return.
The Georgetown back line, which limited BIG EAST opponents to only two goals in 10 league games, has been led by senior Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and an All-BIG EAST First Team selection.
Corboz and Menges were selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team, along with senior midfielder Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack), who has six goals and two assists for 14 points. Senior Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) and senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors and junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) was selected to the third team.
The team made its first appearance in 2007, falling to William & Mary, 2-1, in the first round. In 2010, the Blue & Gray advanced to the Elite Eight after wins over Siena (5-1), Maryland (1-1 tie, a win in penalty kicks) and Minnesota (1-0). The run ended with a 2-0 loss to Ohio State. Last year, GU beat Virginia Tech, 3-2 in overtime in the first round, before losing to Baylor in the second round, a 2-1 overtime loss.
Should Georgetown win, the Hoyas would advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and play the winner of a match between St. Francis (Pa.) and No. 1 Virginia (20-1-0) on Friday, Nov. 22.