By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer
For the first time in the school’s history, the Washington College field hockey team is undefeated at 5-0 after another shutout 3-0 win against the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins this past Sunday. The non-conference win was also their fourth consecutive away game, so it looks like the term home field advantage doesn’t apply to the Shorewomen.
WC headed into the game with a full week’s rest after winning two games in two days and claiming the championship at the Frostburg State Tournament earlier this month. This break gave the Shorewomen plenty of time to fine-tune their play and focus on maintaining their success on both sides of the field.
Their hard work has paid off. The shutout on Sunday against the Marlins was the Shorewomen’s third of the season.
“Our hard work can be simply explained. We work hard and we never give up. We came into this season in better shape than we’ve ever been and we’re out there every day getting stronger, faster, and better than we were the day before,” sophomore Jenn Miller said.
The starting lineup was lead by the dominant, all-senior defenders and co-captains Emily Eline, Emily Bodmer, and Jordan Mitchell. On midfield, the starters were sophomore Alli Dudley, senior Meredith Andrews, and sophomore Elizabeth Davis. Senior Jackie O’Connell, senior Grace Phillips, sophomore Jenn Miller, and sophmore Jennifer Tordella led the attack. Junior Sadie Robertson started in goal for the Shorewomen.
Phillips opened up WC’s lead 1-0 with a goal, assisted by Davis, just 10 minutes into the first half. Phillips would play the ball forward by assisting Tordella in the 26th minute of the first half. Robertson made her one and only save in the first half.
Miller extended Washington’s lead to 3-0 after a late goal in the 63rd minute, cementing the final score. O’Connell tallied the assist on the goal. Miller’s goal was her fifth of the season, sharing the honor of leading team goal scorer with Davis, who leads the Centennial Conference in points with 15. The second half was a showcase of the Shorewomen’s impressive defense, holding the Marlins to zero shots and zero penalty corners. The defense only allowed two shots the entire game and only one was made on goal. The offense kept stride with the defense’s performance and managed to create opportunities for 13 shots in the second half and 25 overall.
“The whole team can be credited for our hugely successful offense thus far,” Miller said. “Defensive clears are sharp and hard, midfielders are cutting to the ball and beating their pressure, and forwards are working together to put the ball in the goal from the backfield transition.”
The Shorewomen’s next game is on Sept. 20 at Johns Hopkins as the team looks to open up Centennial Conference play with a win against a Hopkins side that currently holds a 3-3 record.