By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
The Shorewomen were looking to get back into the win column on Tuesday when they faced Wesley College in a non-conference game at home. Washington College, who suffered its first defeat of the season in 1-0 loss in double OT against Johns Hopkins last week, headed into the game against Wesley with a 5-1 overall record on the season.
When asked about the loss, junior captain Jordan Mitchell said, “A loss is always hard to swallow, especially Saturday’s loss to one of our rivals in the Centennial Conference. I am a strong believer in sometimes a loss is not always a bad thing as long as you learn from it. We lost sight of a concept that we have had to overcome from the start of preseason, control the controllables. We faced officiating that didn’t go our way. We fought hard and the game just didn’t have the outcome we wanted or deserved.”
The Shorewomen started the game against Wesley off with a bang when senior Grace Phillips scored a goal with the first shot of the contest after only three minutes. WC continued to pressure Wesley for the next 10 minutes until the Wesley Wolverines managed to even the game up at 1-1 when Jessica Giaccone slipped one past goalkeeper Sadie Robertson’s diving save. WC almost doubled the score with only a few seconds to go in the first half when shots by Elizabeth Davis and Jennifer Tordella were kept out by an unbelievable double save by Wolverine goalkeeper Sarah Daniels. The first half ended 1-1 with the Shorewomen outshooting Welsey College 10-2.
The second half started off with a sudden surge from the Shorewomen when 56 seconds in when a pass from Tordella found it’s way to senior Jackie O’Connell, who turned around a defender and found the back of the cage, to make it 2-1 to WC.
Wesley managed to make the score 2-2, when the Wolverines scored off a penalty stroke with 25 minutes to go.
It took the Shorewomen only 24 seconds to regain the lead, when sophomore Alli Dudley showed some great individual effort, beating a few defenders and finding the back of the cage on a close-range shot to make it 3-2 to the home side. Dudley managed to score the fourth and final goal with six minutes left off a rebound to give the Shorewomen the 4-2 victory. WC improved to a 6-1 record with the victory while goalkeeper Robertson made two saves.
When asked about scoring early on in the game, Phillips said, “It’s always nice to get a little bit of a lead early on in a game. It means we were connecting well or as our coach likes to say, ‘we had flow’ as a team right off the bat.”
Dudley, who had the game winner and another goal late on in the game, was thrilled with the victory.
“It felt awesome to score two goals yesterday and the game winner was so exciting especially on the home field,” she said. “This win feels great especially after the tough loss to Hopkins because we worked hard on what we needed to improve from the Hopkins game and it showed out on the field against Wesley.”
The Shorewomen faced a tough second game the following Saturday as they faced off against Gettysburg College. WC was 0-1 in the CC going into this game.
The Shorewomen started the scoring off with 17 minutes to go when sophomore Elizabeth Davis scored off an assist from senior Jackie O’Connell.
Dudley added to the lead with 10 minutes to go in the first half until the Gettysburg Bullets managed their first and only goal of the day just seven minutes later. WC struck back quickly though. Davis scored her second of the game off an assist by Mitchell.
Davis managed to add two more to the score sheet, giving her four goals on the day, and giving the Shorewomen a convincing 5-1 win over Gettysburg. WC improved to a 1-1 record in the CC and a 7-1 record overall on the season. The Shorewomen outshot the Bullets 13-8 in the win, while Robertson made one save for the team.
The Shorewomen play a non-conference game on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Wilson who currently hold a 3-5 overall record. Wilson will be looking to break its four game losing streak as they haven’t won since Sept. 9. Washington College looks to become 8-1 on the season before heading into their third conference game away at Swarthmore.