College Field Hockey
Rider University 4, Georgetown University 1
COLLEGE PARK, Md.—The Rider University field hockey team built a 4-0 first half lead, enroute to a 4-1 non-conference win against Georgetown University on Sunday afternoon.
“We were happy with the first half and ok with the second half,” said head coach Lori Hussong. “We really didn’t play well in the second half. We ran out of gas and our fundamental skills went down, but the first half was much better than the first game that we played so we are happy with the improvement.”
The game was hosted at College Park, Maryland on the campus of the University of Maryland.
Senior Alicia Govannicci (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) got the Broncs on the board with an unassisted tally just 6:37 into the game, her first goal of the season and 13th of her career.
Senior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain) made it 2-0 at the 13:36 mark of the first half.
Penas, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason Player of the Year, now has 55 goals in her Bronc career.
“We started very well,” said Penas. “We scored four goals in the first half, so it was a good half for us. The second half we didn’t do well, we were all a little tired, so we need to work on keeping shape and not thinking that because we’re up 4-0 that the game is over. We need to continue to work hard.”
Sophomore Melyssa Alonso (Toms River/Toms River HS North) made it 3-0 with 16 minutes remaining before the half and freshman Kalyn O'Brien (Southampton/Seneca) notched her second goal in as many games off a Penas pass with less than nine minutes to go before intermission.
“Kalyn is playing with energy and has been so impressive in the start of her career,” Hussong said. “She has a knack for scoring and she is involved in almost every play.”
With a goal and two assists on the season, Penas now has 137 career points (55g, 27a), third best all-time on the Bronc career scoring list.
“I know this is my last season and it will be over soon, so I want to have the best year and give it my all,” Penas said about her start to the young season. “Hopefully at the end of the season we will be competing for a conference championship and going to the NCAA tournament.”
Georgetown scored with 8:27 remaining in the game for the final score.
Rider out-shot the Hoyas 30-3, including 24-1 in the opening half and the Broncs held a 20-3 penalty corner advantage.
“The defense was much better today,” Hussong said. “We were able to play more together and keep the ball out of our end a lot. We did a good job keeping the ball out of our circle.”
Sophomore goalie Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Marks) did not have to make a save for the Broncs, recording her 11th career win.
Rider and Georgetown last met on September 30, 2008 when the Broncs pulled out a 2-1 overtime win. Rider and Georgetown have met nine times, with Rider winning the first meeting in 1995, the Hoyas winning the next six and Rider winning the last two.
Rider travels to Villanova on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
“If we progress a little more and put two halves together, we will be able to compete with them,” Hussong said about playing against ‘Nova. “It’s always a good game against them, so I am expecting a good, competitive contest.”