Staying Positive

By The Elm - Oct 18,2013@3:09 pm

By Hailli Woo
Staff Writer

Saturday, Oct. 12, the Washington College Field Hockey team traveled to Carlisle, Penn. to face the Dickinson Red Devils in the Shorewomen’s fifth Centennial Conference game at Biddle Field.  Dickinson increased their record to 10-2 overall while WC fell to a 3-7 record. Dickinson ended the competition with a total of 31 shots on goal, six saves and 15 penalty corners, while WC had only 16 shots on goal, 15 saves and nine penalty corners.

The Red Devils put their first point on the board in the 21st minute by Catherine Perlmutter.  The next two goals were made by Alexandra Becker and Taylor Meehan within 74 seconds of each other.   The first half ended with a safe 3-0 Dickinson lead over the Shorewomen.

The second half had a slow start.  That is, until freshman midfielder Elizabeth Davis scored her first collegiate goal off of a penalty corner with an assist from defender Heather Noto.

A short minute later, the Red Devils’, Erica Marshall answered WC’s goal, making the score 4-1.  With 11:09 remaining in the event, Dickinson’s Tara Black scored, assisted by Natalie Polk.

Ten minutes later, Jackie O’Connell put the last ball in the cage for the game, giving the ending score of 5-2.  Steph Harryman had a season high of 14 saves this weekend, but not without crucial help from defender Emily Eline.

When asked about the team’s preparation and performance, sophomore Emily Eline said there was still hope and passion for the team.

“We went into the game knowing it was going to be a tight match-up. Our biggest motivating factor was the fact that Dickinson is undefeated in the conference and we were hoping to be their first loss,” said Eline.  Dickinson has had a very notable season, and it is no doubt that the Shorewomen “knew Dickinson was going to be a very fast team and would transition the ball quickly, so [they] focused a lot on slowing the ball down and making sure we set up immediately to defend their free hits.”

Eline, proud of her team, said, “We needed to capitalize in the offensive circle—particularly in the second half when we had numerous penalty corners. We also could have improved on our passing connections and working together as a team.  We have all of the skills to be successful, it is just a matter of working as a team and putting everything together into a complete game.”

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