By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
The fourth ever shutout came to the Washington College women’s lacrosse team as they blew out Rhode Island College 17-0, holding them to zero shots throughout the entire game. Most importantly, it was the first time in history where the team held their opponent to zero shots. WC traveled down to Lake Buena Vista, Fl. and came out victorious in both matches.
To open their trip to Florida the team squared up against Roger Williams. Their first game was much closer, but WC was able to pull out the win with a 14-7 victory. The first half was a nail-bitter, stalling at 3-2 lead for the Shorewomen. The sticks got going for WC towards the end of second half, going on a 3-0 run. The end of the half run was started by senior attacker Caroline Lovett as she went on to score at the 13 minute mark. Following Lovett was Vincent, scoring the last two goals in the first half, sending WC into intermission with a 6-2 lead.
Vincent carried the offensive momentum into the second half, scoring within the first 35 seconds of the half. Feeding off of Vincent’s offensive spark, the next three goals came from WC, giving them a 10-3 lead. WC never looked back after these goals, maintaining a lead of at the very least six goals in the half.
Leading the scoring against Roger Willams was Hubley and Vincent, both scoring four goals.
The team ended their spring break trip with a blowout of the college of Rhode Island College.
The first half was all WC, as they went on to score 14 goals on their first 17 shots. The Shorewomen were able to find holes throughout the Rhode Island defense. Of the 14 goals in the first half, just six came off assists. The WC offense completely dominated their opponent. Leading the offense was senior midfielder Emily Hubley, scoring a game high four goals, all coming in the first half. Hubley became the Shorewomen’s sixth all-time point-getter, totaling 190.
WC scored three goals off of five shots in the second half, all from different players. “Rhode Island College played a full 60 minutes of hard lacrosse and never gave up. Despite that, we were able to capitalize on their mistakes and transition them into good offensive plays. We focused on the little things and waited for the best shots on attack. We dominated the ride and kept them out of our defensive end,” sophomore attacker Katherine Vincent said.
WC controlled all aspects of the game, with a 14-5 draw control advantage and drawing 20 turnovers on Rhode Island. “We were able to come up with most of the 50/50 balls and the offense did a great job keeping possession of the ball throughout the game,” junior Rachel Kurtz said.
With the two consecutive victories in Florida, the team improved to 2-1. The team benefited in several ways from this trip. “This spring break trip gave us the chance to really work together as a team before we face Trinity on Thursday, which will be one of our toughest games this season.” said Vincent.
“We really bonded over this spring break and got a lot closer,” Lovett said.
WC looks to carry the two victories into their next game Thursday at 7 p.m. as they host eighth ranked Trinity College.