By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer
After a tough three games in five days this past week, the Washington College field hockey team is undefeated with a 4-0 start to the season, the first 4-0 start in the program’s history. The Shorewomen outscored their opponents 14-3 as they played three straight away games: at Stevenson on Sep. 3 and two games at the Frostburg State Tournament this past weekend against Kenyon and host school Frostburg State University.
WC started their week with a 4-0 shutout win at Stevenson University. Four different players scored all four goals: sophomore attacker Jenn Tordella, senior attacker Jackie O’Connell, senior attacker Grace Phillips, and sophmore midfielder Elizabeth Davis.
“The team is focused and unselfish,” Head Coach Rachel Boyle said. “They trust one another and look to one another and themselves to accomplish the goals set forth. Everyone is on the same page and ultimately is looking to work hard and keep progressing.”
Washington controlled the first half, outshooting the Mustangs 10-2. An unsettled goal from Tordella 11 minutes into the half gave the Shoremen the lead. The stellar defense led by team captains Emily Bodmer (senior), Jordan Mitchell (junior), and Emily Eline (junior) handled the rest of the half.
Nearly 10 minutes into the second half, WC scored three goals in just under four minutes. O’Connell extended the lead to 2-0 after scoring off a deflection unassisted. Phillips made it 3-0 as she also scored unassisted, 90 seconds later. Davis scored the fourth and final goal of the game. Junior goalkeeper Sadie Robertson made three saves in the win.
The Shorewomen went four for 15 on shots with 10 on goal. Boyle made offensive efficiency the primary focus in practice.
“We focused a lot on increasing our goals to shot ratio,” Boyle said. “We had created a ton of offensive pressure in our game against Ithaca but only produced two goals. I am very pleased with the team’s ability to do that.”
The Shorewomen continued their roadtrip as they headed west to Frostburg this past weekend as they defeated Kenyon 4-1. Davis tallied her third goal of the season and recorded two assists in the win. Davis started off the WC scoring with a goal 15 minutes into the first half. Junior Ali Grady assisted the goal. Ten minutes later, freshman defender Katie Arnold scored her first career goal, assisted by Davis.
With the win over Kenyon, Washington advanced to the tournament final against host Frostburg State University. Sophomore attacker Jenn Miller had a career performance as she scored three goals in the 6-2 championship victory.
“We were relentless throughout the game,” Miller said. “Even though we were never down in points we played with an intensity like it was 0-0 the whole game.”
“The team defense concept is key,” Boyle said. “Everyone on the playing field understands their role to deny any threats and danger lines to the goal. Our defensive philosophy is built around that and the team is executing it brilliantly to fill important spots to take away largest threats.”
Washington looks to extend their on-the-road successes and untarnished record as they visit Virginia Wesleyan on Sep. 14.