By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
After a 10 goal loss to Franklin & Marshall on March 28, the Shorewomen lacrosse team has found success in their last four games, winning by a margin of 55-30, 27 of those goals coming in their last two victories against Bryn Mawr and Dickinson. The two victories in the past week improved the women’s lacrosse team to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play, giving WC their season-best win streak to four games and ending the week in third place in the Centennial Conference. The Shorewomen started the week visiting Bryn Mawr, which led to a blowout score of 16-0. The team then made it four consecutive wins on their senior day versus Dickinson, capturing an 11-6 victory.
This past Saturday, WC broke a three game losing streak to Dickinson College, giving WC their fourth Centennial Conference win. Dickinson got started quickly. They scored the first goal of the game within 22 seconds. It was all Dickinson until senior attacker Caroline Lovett found a crease in the Red Devil defense, scoring WC’s first goal. Fellow senior attacker Catherine Stanley was also able to put the ball in net and helped the Shorewomen get out to a comfortable 5-1 lead with just over 11 minutes left in the first half.
Dickinson responded with one goal to end the WC four goal run. Stanley and senior midfielder Emily Hubley tacked on the last two goals of the first half for WC. It was Dickinson who went into the half with some momentum, scoring the last two goals of the half and chipping WC’s lead down to 7-4. Five of WC’s first half goals came from seniors Lovett, Stanley, and Hubley.
The offensive scoring continued from the Red Devils. They scored the first two goals in the second half, notching the game to a one goal game with the score at 7-6. The Shorewomen stopped the fun for Dickinson when they scored the last four goals of the game, giving them a five goal victory.
Lovett finished the game with three goals, just six goals shy of 100 career goals throughout her four years as a Shorewomen. Matching Lovett with three goals was Stanley. Dishing out a majority of the assists for WC was sophomore midfielder Ali Dudley, leading the team with a game high five assists. Dudley is currently ranked second in assists in the Centennial Conference with 27 total, just one shy of first place. “We were working together really well. Our offense is pretty unselfish, and we try to set up plays that get everyone involved,” said Stanley.
“We can always work on the fundamentals, but overall we are a fast and athletic team, and it gives us a great advantage over other teams.”
The Shorewomen opened the week visiting Bryn Mawr and recorded their second shutout of the season, keeping the Owls scoreless through the game. The sticks got going quick, netting four goals within the first three minutes of the matchup. The first half ended ugly for the Owls, down 11-0.
The second half was much the same for WC, pure dominance, scoring five extra goals on 10 shots. Bryn Mawr did not record a shot the entire second half. They ended the game with two total shots, both of which came in the first half. Leading the scoring was seniors Lovett and Hubley, both with three goals. Matching their three goals was junior attacker Carley Kendall. “We kept the ball on the offensive side for mostly the entire game and made good opportunities for everyone to get a touch on the ball and a chance to make a play whether that be scoring or assisting, so it was a good game for people to try new things,” said Dudley.
They travel to Gettysburg on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game in hopes to end next week’s campaign capturing two more conference victories.