By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
St. Mary’s College of Maryland shattered several streaks on Kibler Field when they went on to win a 10-9 nail-biter over the No.17-ranked Shorewomen. The women’s lacrosse team was coming off an incredible previous season playing in Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium, not losing a single home game, something that hasn’t been done in the past 15 years. History had repeated itself with the loss, as the Shorewomen’s last non-conference defeat came to the same St. Mary’s side in 2008. The Shorewomen had won 20 straight nonconference games since that point, prior to their loss on Saturday.
The Seahawks came into the matchup versus Washington College with an offense that could put the ball in the net.. St. Mary’s got on the board early, scoring the game’s first goal within the first 30 seconds of the game. The scoring continued for the visitors when they notched the score at 2-0 in the first two minutes.
Sophomore attacker Katherine Vincent was able to give a spark to the team when she scored Washington College’s fourth and sixth goals in the first half. The first half consisted of back and forth scoring between the Seahawks and the Shorewomen, as there were four lead changes in just a 30-minute period. WC was able to score a quick three goals from the 23rd to 26th minute, allowing itself to head into the half with the score line tied at six apiece.
The second half was a nail bitter the whole way through. The game remained within one goal the entire half, which led to a very exciting last couple of minutes. Vincent netted another goal with under 20 minutes left, giving WC the 8-7 lead, but the team was not able to hang on. St. Mary’s scored the next two goals, giving themselves a 9-8 lead with just under four minutes to go. Vincent would provide one last offensive spark for the team as she leveled the game at 9-9 with 3:51 to go.
St. Mary’s capitalized quickly off Vincent’s goal, scoring just 37 seconds after WC’s final goal, making the game 10-9. The Seahawks never looked back and held off the Shorewomen in the final three minutes of the second half. The last shot for the Shorewomen came with 2:29 left in the game, leaving the team with no final opportunities to continue their home winning streak. The Seahawks effectively killed off the remaining two minutes by possessing the ball in the Shorewomen’s half.
“They did a better job getting the ball off the draw which was what helped their momentum toward the end of the game,” junior Rachel Kurtz said.
A big aspect of St. Mary’s victory came off of their ability to win draws, winning 12 out of the 21.
“We played well for the first game,” Kurtz said. “There were mistakes, but we they are ones that we will be able to fix.”
Vincent finished the match with four points on four goals, while sophomore Alli Dudley led the team with three assists, a career-high four forced turnovers, and three groundballs.
Despite the upset, the Shorewomen remained upbeat after the game, acknowledging that there’s still a lot of lacrosse to play this season.
“Everyone hustled and worked hard, but I think we need to settle our attack a little more and run our plays in order to have more success,” senior Caroline Lovett said. “We are already talking about what we can work on at practice on Monday before our game on Friday. We are not spending any time dwelling on today’s loss. It’s onto the next one. We will come back harder and stronger on Friday to get a big win.”
The Shorewomen intend to bounce back from this upset on Friday at 4 p.m. when they host Rowan University for another non-conference matchup.