By Louie Galdos

Elm Staff Writer

The Shoremen had two tough opponents this week. They played at home against St. Mary’s College of Md. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and away at Randolph College on Saturday, Sept. 8.

“The team dynamic is great right now. Preseason has prepared us well and we are focused more than ever on the chance succeed in our conference. These next two games are going to be the first real test for us as a team and we are ready leave everything on the pitch,” senior goalie Josh Samuels said.

Even though the first game was an out of conference match, it was still competitive for both teams. The game was high-tempo until the final whistle blew. In the end, St. Mary’s won over the Shoremen 3-0.

The Seahawks scored the sole goal of the first half, leaving Washington College behind 1-0. WC created two solid scoring opportunities, coming from sophomore Greg Adams and senior Matt Rannie, but both attempts were stopped. Rannie’s efforts earned him Goose Nation TV Shoremen player of the Game. St. Mary’s scored twice in the second half.

“The St. Mary’s match is always tough.  They are a very good team and well coached.  They have talent all over the field and we have had very close games with them through the years,” said Head Coach Roy Dunshee.

In the second game, versus Randolph, the Shoremen met at Randolph’s home turf in Lynchburg, Va. This was the first time the Shoremen ever faced Randolph.

Before the game, junior captain and defender Sean Garin said, “We haven’t played Randolph, and some fresh competition should be fun for the team to have.”

It was a back and forth game;  each team kept creating scoring oportunities until the final whistle blew.

The game went into overtime as the score was 2-2 when time ran out. Scoring throughout the game were sophomores Zack Urbanski and James Strine.

Urbanski scored early, just eleven minutes into the game.  Strine led the team in shots on goal and scored again in the first half.

In the end, the result was a draw of 2-2 as the game went into two overtimes with neither team coming out on top.

“The focus in practice has been on tactics to prepare for the games to come,” Dunshee said. “If we want to make progress with our program, we must learn to win on the road…”

The Shoremen will pay their next game on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Gettysburg. Last season, the Shoremen fell to the Bullets 3-0.

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