By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College women’s lacrosse team won two consecutive Centennial Conference games this past week, improving to 6-3 overall with a 2-1 conference record. WC started the week visiting Ursinus and winning a nail biter 8-7 victory. They then hosted Muhlenberg, winning 20-17, in an all-out offensive shootout. Coming off a blowout loss to Franklin & Marshall last week, these two victories were a huge morale booster for the program. It showed they can go out and snatch big conference games.
To end the week, WC hosted Muhlenberg and were not shy about putting the ball in the net, scoring 20 goals, the most they have scored all season. It was a game of offensive runs, with both teams getting hot at different times.
Muhlenberg started the game hot, storming to an early 5-1 lead in the first half. The Mules would maintain a steady lead throughout as the first half ended 9-6 in favor of the visitors. The second half was a much different story for the Shorewomen, as they went on to score 14 goals, eight of them coming within just six minutes. This offensive run allowed them to get ahead of the Mules and hold onto their lead.
Leading the offense against the Mules was senior attacker Caroline Lovett and senior midfielder Emily Hubley. They both went on to score six goals. These goals did not come by themselves though. Assists came from senior attacker Catherine Stanley as she led the team with a high of six assists. The Shorewomen had no problem getting off shots. In fact, they outshot the Mules 31-27. The win against Muhlenberg will give WC some positive tempo heading into next week.
To open up their April campaign, the Shorewomen went on to win a close one while visiting Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. The victory in Collegeville marked WC’s first Centennial Conference win of the season, keeping them from going to 0-2 in conference play.
WC got the sticks going early, scoring two goals within the first two minutes of play in the first half. The two goals were scored by sophomore midfielder Allison Dudley and Lovett. The two quick goals provided the team with a quick spark of momentum. “Scoring first is always a team goal to do and once we do that we set the tone of the game and control it. It pumped us up and gave us all good energy,” said Dudley.
“I think that gave us confidence and we capitalized on that to get ahead,” said Lovett. “Although the score got a little close, we pulled out the win.”
Ursinus came back scoring back-to-back goals, ending the game 2-2. The WC offense then went on an explosive run, scoring four unanswered goals to give them a four goal lead. It wasn’t until Ursinus went on to score the last goal of the half trimming WC’s lead to three goals heading into the locker-room.
The second half started much slower for both teams, when finally Ursinus scored after 12 minutes of play, trimming the WC lead to 7-5. Ursinus scored another goal to draw the game to just a one goal margin. Sophomore midfielder Cara Pascarella went on to score for WC, giving the Shorewomen a two goal lead. WC was able to hold the lead and run out the clock. Hubley led the offense with three goals. WC got off 26 shots, mainly because they won the draw control category 11-6 versus the Bears.
The Shorewomen head into the meat of conference play this upcoming week, playing at Bryn Mawr on Wednesday and hosting Dickinson on Saturday.