By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
The Shorewomen, who finished 7-17 overall last season, aim to improve on their record this season. The team, consisting of seven freshmen and six upperclassmen, intend to get their first win of the season on Saturday when they traveled to Mahwah, NJ to face off against Brooklyn College in the Roadrunner Tip-Off Tournament. The team is led by senior captains Emily Hubley and Jackie O’Connell, along with junior captain Carley Kendall, hoped to get a good start under second-year Head Coach Alisha Mosely.
“Being named a captain for the third year in a row is truly an honor,” O’Connell said. “The three captains chosen this year have provided significant contributions to the program for the past three years. Our focus this year is to bring the team together on and off the court and to enhance team chemistry, which all goes hand in hand to then lead us to winning games and being a top five contender in our conference.”
The Shorewomen were off to a great start in their first competitive game of the season, leading the Brooklyn Bulldogs 30-19 at the end of the first half. The Bulldogs, however, managed to fight back in the second half, when after a 15-3 run, they possessed a 47-41 lead with five minutes to go in the game.
Washington College managed to get back into the game, going on a 12-0 run, led by Kendall and junior Kelly Sugalski. With less than a minute to go a jumper from freshman Brynne Brouse brought the Shorewomen’s lead back to six points. Hubley ended the scoring by making both of her free throws, ending the game and giving Washington College the 59-49 victory. Kendall and Hubley both made important individual impacts in the game, leading the team with 13 points and 10 assists, respectively. Four of the seven freshmen on the roster made their first collegiate start of the season, combining for nine points on the night.
“We are expecting a lot out of our freshman, since they are a large bulk of our team,” O’Connell said. “We are confident that they will step into key roles on the court for us as well as contribute significant minutes in games.”
With the victory on Saturday, the Shorewomen advance to the final championship game of the tournament against Ramapo College on Sunday.
“The results we are looking to achieve at the tournament this weekend are to come home with the tournament championship and with a 2-0 record,” O’Connell said. “This tournament will set the precedence for a great beginning to the season. We want to set the standard for the rest of the season, and there is no better way to do that than with a tournament win.”
In the second and final game of the tournament, the Shorewomen were up against the Ramapo College Roadrunners in the championship match-up. Washington College had a leg up on their opponents, going into halftime with a narrow 28-25 lead. The Shorewomen completed only two of 21 two-point field goal attempts, but made 10 three-point attempts, courtesy of Hubley and sophomore Ali Grundy who combined for five of the 10 three-point plays.
The Roadrunners, however, began to slip away from the Shorewomen, scoring seven straight points to open up the second half. Washington College immediately fought back with some aid from freshman Drew Arnett and Grundy, who helped the Shorewomen narrow their deficit to one point, as they trailed Ramapo 40-39 with under 10 minutes to play.
Grundy managed to put the Shorewomen back in the lead with a three-pointer to make it 42-40. The Roadrunners pulled away from WC, ultimately giving them the 62-53 victory over the Shorewomen. Kendall and Hubley were awarded spots on the all-tournament team, while Grundy scored a career high 12 points in the loss. The Shorewomen will play their next game as an out-of-conference one as they face Stevenson University on Wednesday.