By Brian Klose
Four games into their season, Washington College field hockey finds itself at a comfortable and manageable 2-2 record. WC’s most recent 4-0 win against Stevenson (0-5) at home brought the team back to .500 following back-to-back losses to Ithaca and Washington & Lee in early September. Junior and team co-captain Elizabeth Davis currently leads the Shorewomen’s offense with team highs in total points (eight) and is tied for goals (three) with junior and co-captain Jenn Miller. Davis also reached her 50-career point milestone following her performance against the Mustangs.
Leading to the match-up against Stevenson this past Saturday, WC struggled with an inconsistent offense that had trouble capitalizing on scoring opportunities. In their season opening 4-0 win against Hood, the Shorewomen blasted 41 shots and 26 on goal. The victory, however, was especially impressive because of the zero shots allowed by the WC defense
Following the win against Hood, the offense sputtered in their next two games. WC only scored two of their 34 total shots, 18 of which were on goal, in their losses to IC and W&L. The lackluster performances motivated WC to develop a more efficient offense that performed well against the SU Mustangs.
For much of the first half, WC and Stevenson fought back and forth to create scoring opportunities, but neither team budged. WC finally struck first after a high loft shot over the SU goalie’s head from Miller in the 25th minute of the first half. Davis earned an assist for the goal. The WC defense also performed well, holding the Mustangs to four total shots in the first half. Senior goalkeeper and co-captain Sadie Robertson made a pair of saves before WC headed into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
The momentum of Miller’s late first-half goal carried over into the second half as she scored her second goal of the game in the 39th minute. The goal was unassisted. Junior Allison Remenapp continued WC’s scoring with a goal in 48th minute, assisted by senior Ali Grady. Davis put the nail in the coffin with a late goal in the 68th minute of the game and earning her 50th career point. Freshman goalkeeper Morgan Domanico tallied four saves in the second half, capping off the Shorewomen’s dominant defensive performance.
Much of the team’s success is attributed to their discipline and poise. In their four games, WC has only received one yellow card and committed zero fouls in three of their four matchups. This discipline can most certainly be indicative of the strong leadership from the upperclassmen. Davis, Miller, Remenapp, Grady, junior Alli Dudley, and senior and co-captain Jordan Mitchell have all earned at least one point and give the team the proper experience needed for season-long success.
The Shorewomen return to the field on Sept. 18 against Centennial Conference rival Johns Hopkins. The game will be the team’s first meeting with the Blue Jays since WC was eliminated by JHU in the first round of last season’s Centennial Conference Tournament.