By Hailli Woo
Saturday afternoon, the women’s field hockey team took the field against the Gettysburg Bullets for a Centennial Conference face off. The Shorewomen blew past the Bullets with a win of 4-2 at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. This win put the teams record at 2-4 in the Centennial Conference, while Gettysburg fell to a 3-3 record.
Washington College got on the board very early, just at 2:22 in the first half. Junior attackman, Jackie O’Connell scored with an assist from defender Heather Noto. The Bullets answered the Shorewomen’s goal with 13:06 left when suddenly Liz Baron scored off an assist from Amanda Schlager.
WC quickly took back the lead when Jackie O’Connell scored one again with an assist from junior attack Grace Phillips.
Just a short 46 seconds later Gettysburg scored when Liz Baron fired another shot on goal off an assist from Hannah Fitzgerald from a penalty corner.
The Shorewomen made it a battle when Kate Duggan blasted one on goal when junior Claire McAuliffe tipped it off. Gettysburg then posted another goal on the board when Erica Barbuto passed the ball off to Hannah Fitzgerald for another shot with 13 minutes left to play.
Jackie O’Connell determined the game winning score of 4-2 with a shot off of a rebound that was intended to be a save by Gettysburg goalie, Nina Diamond, with 9:26 left in the competition.
O’Connell had no doubt that her team would be successful. When asked about the overall goal for the teams performance this weekend, “Obviously the expectation in every athletic competition is winning. However, we have been concentrating more on goal scoring and support from the mid-field in the offensive circle.”
Shots on goal have not been the teams strongest aspect, but the technique shone through in the game this weekend. There is always room for improvement, and O’Connell said, “After we went up by two goals, we became too complacent. We kept the momentum in our favor from scoring those two consecutive goals.”
Although the girls had a great weekend, O’Connell stresses, “There is a lot that we need to work on. As a team we are a family and are there for each other, so we are all ready to put in five hard days of work to get that win on Friday. The past is the past and we are all ready to move on past this game and to winning against Wesley.”
Senior goalie, Steph Harryman, made a total of ten saves in the win for the Shorewomen while Alexis Bralow made a mere eight. The game had a total of 25 penalty corners and no fouls on either team. The Washington College field hockey team will travel to Wesley on Friday Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. for a non-conference game.