Georgetown Travels to Face No. 1 Seed Virginia in NCAA Tournament Second Round
Nov. 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - After the Georgetown University women's soccer team beat LaSalle in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last weekend, Head Coach Dave Nolan told his team that they were playing with no pressure heading into this weekend's second round game.
So with that, the Hoyas readied themselves this week and departed today for Charlottesville, Va., where the Blue & Gray will play No. 1 seed, and the No. 1 team in the country, Virginia in the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament second round. The game at Klockner Stadium will kick off at 7 p.m. as part of a doubleheader, with the first game featuring Penn State and Wake Forest.
Georgetown improved to 16-2-2 overall with a 2-0 win over the Explorers at home last weekend, the first time GU had ever hosted an NCAA Tournament game on campus. The win also tied the school record for wins in a season with 16, set by the 2011 and 2012 teams, respectively. This is the third time in the last four years that Georgetown has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Hoyas received goals from junior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) and sophomore midfielder Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) and limited chances for LaSalle as the team recorded its 10th shutout of the season.
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 Hoya offense has been spread out, with 14 players scoring at least one goal and 15 players with at least one point.
GU is 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.
Senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville), a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection, is second on the team in scoring with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, N.J./RHAM) is tied for second on the team in scoring with 22 points, tallying six goals and 10 assists, second on the team.
Senior midfielder Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack), a First Team All-BIG EAST selection, has scored 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists) in the best season of her career after battling injuries as a sophomore and a junior. Skrumbis is fourth on the team with eight goals and one assist for 17 points.
The Georgetown back line 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. Menges and junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), a Third Team All-BIG EAST selection, have led a unit that has posted 10 shutouts and posted a 0.69 goals-against average overall. Menes is among a veteran group in the back, along with classmates Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), the latter a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection. They have combined for 336 games played and 246 starts entering this weekend.
The Cavaliers (21-1) are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. They opened NCAA Tournament play last week with a 5-0 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) in the first round. Sophomore Makenzy Doniak scored a hat trick against the Red Flash and now leads the ACC in scoring with 41 points (18 goals, five assists). Junior midfielder Morgan Brian ranks second with 40 points (13 goals, 14 assists) as Virginia is the first school in the nation since 2009 to have two 40-point scorers.
Friday's game is the first official meeting between the schools. The teams have played numerous times in preseason exhibitions and spring season contests over the last decade, but have never met in regular season or postseason play.