The 15th-ranked Hoyas suffered a tough defeat in their final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, losing to No. 5 Maryland by a score of 19-10. The loss drops Georgetown’s record to 8-7 overall (4-3 Big East) on the season.
GU quickly assumed control in the early going, as Erin Lovett won the opening draw and immediately scored an unassisted goal to put the Hoyas up. Lovett’s tally would only spark a strong reaction by Maryland, however, as the Terps would go on to score seven unanswered goals to set the tone for the rest of the first half.
After freshman midfielder Caroline Tarzian finally broke Georgetown’s scoring drought at the 14:05 mark, Maryland ensured that the Blue and Gray wouldn’t pick up any momentum, scoring three more unanswered. A Sophia Thomas goal with 12 ticks left ended the period on a positive note for the Hoyas, but the team still found themselves down big, 12-3, at the break.
Lovett once again opened the scoring in the second to get GU off to a good start. Her goal just over three minutes into the half sparked the Georgetown offense, with Thomas scoring another goal and sophomore mid Maggie Brown adding one of her own to make it a 3-0 run. Unfortunately for the Hoyas, despite going toe-to-toe with the Terps in the second half, Ricky Fried’s squad failed to chip away at its first-half deficit and left College Park with a rough L.
On the day, Thomas tallied three goals, Lovett had two, and Brown and classmate Meghan Farell contributed one apiece; Maryland’s dominant 23-8 advantage in draw controls gave Georgetown few opportunities to add to that scoring total.
The Blue and Gray finish their regular season with a much more important contest at home this weekend against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. The matchup is a must-win for both teams, as it basically serves as a play-in game for the Big East Tournament starting May 3rd in Syracuse.
You can catch all the drama of G’town-Rutgers live at MultiSport Facility on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m.