By Andrew Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
Washington College field hockey extended their winning streak to six games by defeating visiting Wilson College 4-0 on Tuesday, and then beating visiting Swarthmore 2-0 on Thursday. Not only have the Shorewomen mounted a winning streak, they have now held their opponents scoreless in their last four games, with a margin of victory of 16-0 in those shutout victories. With the two wins, WC improves their record to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
The Shorewomen found themselves in complete control against visiting Wilson College. WC scored one goal in first half coming off the stick of freshman Emily Pantazes, which was her first collegiate goal. Neither team was able to find an offensive spark after that goal in the 15th minute. Although there was no scoring after Pantaze’s goal, WC maintained the offensive possession most of the first half, totaling eight shots while keeping Wilson to none.
WC found goals from three different scorers in the second half. Scorers include junior Elizabeth Davis (1), sophomore Michaela Conners (1), and junior Allison Remenapp (1). Overall, the Shorewomen found themselves ahead in every statistical category including a total of 16 shots and 17 penalty corners. Wilson was only to get off two shots off of two penalty corners.
“The win gives us the confidence we need to go into conference play. It is always exciting to win games and I hope it continues,” said Davis.
That confidence from Tuesday night was carried over in a conference matchup Thursday against visiting Swarthmore. WC got on the board within the first three minutes, coming from Davis off of a penalty stroke. Like Tuesday, the defense was strong, only allowing four shots to the visitors in the first half.
Senior Jordan Mitchell found the only goal in the second half for the offense. The defense played another big role in the half, allowing no shots for Swarthmore. The fourth consecutive shutout victory is something the program hasn’t come across in the 15 years.
In the two games, the defense only allowed six shots. Meanwhile, the offense was able to get off 40 shots. Junior defensive specialist, Jennifer Tordella stressed the importance of effective communication and good play from the offensive to help with their shutouts.
“We have really been trying to help each other out and communicate with each other as much as possible,” said Tordella. “Also, our offense is doing a great job by redefining the ball which is helping us out a lot allowing us to all work together as a team and create flow. We just have each other’s backs.”
Senior goalie Sadie Robertson recognizes the dominant play from the defense in front of her.
“When our opponents do reach our end of the field, our defense has been doing a great job marking potential threats, intercepting passes, and transitioning the ball to our offense,” said Robertson.
The Shorewomen return to action on Oct. 10 when they go to Muhlenberg College for a conference matchup.