WASHINGTON, DC –Sophomore Olivia Shoemaker and freshman Maddy Tettelbach each scored two goals to lead the La Salle field hockey team to a 4-1 victory over Georgetown in the season opener. Shoemaker scored in the second minute of the game and the Explorers never looked back in handing the Hoyas the defeat.
"I was very pleased with the team's performance today in the first game of the season," head coach Michelle Marks said. "I thought we came out strong and played a solid 70 minutes. We had good production in the circle and a great showing by Olivia and Maddy. I look forward to continuing this level of play in our games this coming weekend as we prepare for Rider and Columbia."
Tettelbach, playing just outside her hometown of Fairfax Station, Va. made her presence felt in her first collegiate game. Her first goal, which she deposited inside the left post, turned out to be the game-winner after giving the visitors a 2-1 lead in the 19th minute.
“I was a little nervous because it was my first game,” Tettelbach said. “But having my mom there on the sideline gave me confidence to play well.”
The score remained 2-1 through halftime until Shoemaker found the back of the cage for the second time in the contest after a scramble in front of the cage in the 41st minute.
“I got a beautiful ball from Becca Chylack and got a nice touch on it,” Shoemaker said.
Just over two minutes later, Tettelbach scored her second goal to make it 4-1.
“The win means a lot,” Tettelbach said. “It was a complete team effort and shows we are going to have a great season. It was a good way to start off the season.”
The La Salle (1-0) defense, paced by freshman goalie Lisa Shaffer's (Hershey, Pa. / Lower Dauphin) seven saves, held the Hoyas scoreless the rest of the contest. Shaffer was playing in her first collegiate game, as well as fellow defender Olivia Leaman. The Explorers started six players who were sophomores or younger.
Catherine Shugrue scored for Georgetown (0-2). Briana Pereira made three saves for the Hoyas.
La Salle is back in action on Friday when it visits Rider at 7 PM.