By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
The Shorewomen faced off against Johns Hopkins on Saturday in their first Centennial Conference game of the season. Washington College has been off to a great start so far this season, with a 5-0 overall record, and is looking to get their first win in the Centennial Conference against the Blue Jays, who are 3-3 on the season.
The first chance of the game for the Shorewomen came in the 21st minute, when sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Davis had a low shot saved by Blue Jays’ defender Leslie MacManus. Davis had all of the Shorewomens’ seven shots in the first half, while Hopkins had just one.
WC outshot the Blue Jays again in the second half 10-4, but there was still no breakthrough for either side. At the end of regulation, the game was still tied 0-0, so it went into overtime.
Shorewomen junior goalkeeper Sadie Robertson came up big for the team in the first overtime, making two important saves to keep WC in the game.
The score was still 0-0 after the first overtime, so the game went into double OT. It took the Blue Jays only four minutes into the second overtime before Hopkins’ forward Lucy Woodrow dribbled it through and fired a shot from seven yards out, finding the right side of the cage and giving Johns Hopkins the 1-0 victory.
WC had 19 shots and nine penalty corners in the contest, while the Blue Jays had 11 shots and nine penalty corners. Goalkeeper Robertson made four saves in the loss.
When asked about her goals for this season, Davis said, “Of course a team’s goal is to win, but to also have strong executions and complete passes. My personal goal is to have strong executions on our attack corners.”
Sophomore Jenn Miller and the rest of the team knew to expect stiffened competition when conference play began.
“As competition will definitely start to pick up in the coming conference games, we really need to bear down and focus on our fundamentals,” Miller said. “Where simple mistake such as leaving a mark or whiffing a hit may have been excusable in our recent games where the score differential was big, the team needs to be ready to really clean up the game and capitalize on any and every opportunity.”
The loss against Hopkins gives WC a 5-1 overall record heading into their games this week.
“As a team, we have to really work well together and finish all of our passes to get the ball in the cage,” Davis said. “We are all in great shape and working hard, but finishing is key, so we have to keep pushing.”
Miller agreed with her teammate’s opinion and said the team must keep working on the fundamentals.
“The focus in practice recently has been continually on attack & defensive penalty corners and even more on how to kill an attacking surge from the opposition,” Miller said. “If we continue as we have been to shut down opponents and seize every opportunity to score.”
The Shorewomen look to get back into the win column in Centennial Conference play as they face Gettysburg away this Saturday. Gettysburg currently holds a 2-3 record overall after losing their conference opener to No. 9 Ursinus, 0-5.