By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
Due to a change in schedule for their game against Rutgers Camden, the Washington College women’s lacrosse team only had one opportunity to play in the past week. The opportunity came against No.6 Trinity (Conn.). Washington College hosted Trinity on Thursday night in Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium and kept the Bantams on their heels the entire game. Trinity, however, was able to pull out the victory with a narrow score of 7-6.
The Thursday evening match started out very slow, with no goals scored until just over eight minutes. The Bantams were the first to strike, but momentum quickly shifted towards Washington College. The Shorewomen’s offense was able to make a first half statement, scoring three unanswered goals to gain a 3-1 lead with all three goals coming within five minutes.
The Bantams ended Washington College’s momentum at the 16 minute mark, netting a goal. With a 3-2 lead, freshman midfielder Rachel Shaw then ignited the last offensive spark for the Shorewomen scoring the last goal of the half. After Shaw’s goal, the last 14 minutes was all Trinity as they went on to net two more goals, making the score even as the teams went into halftime.
No one scored until the 16th minute mark, which came from Trinity, giving them their first lead of the game, 5-4. Washington College’s offense was put on their heels and overcame the deficit when sophomore attacker Katherine Vincent scored an unassisted goal, turning the second half into a nail-biter.
This was the closest the game would stay. Trinity went on to score two unanswered goals, giving them a 7-5 lead. Washington College showed a last minute spark with a goal coming from senior attacker Catherine Stanley. The last 10 seconds of the game had everyone out of their seats when senior attacker Caroline Lovett took the last shot the game. The shot bounced off of the Trinity goalie as time expired.
Trinity found success with the draw controls, snagging 10 of the 14, which gave them many offensive opportunities. Ultimately, this led to the Bantams outshooting the Shorewomen 18-14. This kept sophomore goalkeeper Haylee Solomon on her feet. Solomon snagged eight saves. “Haylee Solomon, the goalie, played very well,” sophomore midfielder Alli Dudley said. “We lost to one of the best teams in the country by one, so as a team we just have to correct some of the smaller mistakes and capitalize on our opportunities to score and execute our offense and everything else will fall into place. Defense was awesome this game and really controlled Trinity.”
The Washington College defense faced a high powered offense in Trinity which was well recognized. “I was really proud of how well the defense worked together and communicated. You can definitely expect bigger and better things from this group,” said Solomon.
The Shorewomen dropped to 2-2 on the season, but have high expectations for their upcoming game on Saturday as they host Franklin and Marshall for the Washington College annual Flock Out. “We’re really excited to play Franklin and Marshall next Saturday because they have always been our toughest competition. We know we can play with the best teams, so we’re expecting to come out on top,” said Lovett.
Washington College will face off against the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats at 1 p.m. as they look to have success in their first conference game on WC’s Flock Out.