Field Hockey seeks to qualify for post-season play

By Isabella Sansanelli

Sports Editor

edited.FieldHockey_SrMaggieCancelmo_MarkCooleyThe Washington College Women’s Field Hockey team aims to return to the Centennial Conference playoffs in their 2019 season, after narrowly losing in their qualifying rounds in 2018.

The Shorewomen hopes to do so while relying on their underclassmen-heavy roster as they welcome 11 freshmen to their ranks and the guidance of their head coach, Anne Keitzman as she enters her third year as the head coach of the Shorewomen.

The team will also welcome back four seniors including Sophie Grabiec, a midfielder, who made one start in 16 games in 2018 and tallied three shots. Additionally, defenders Kylie Weiss and Abigail McGowan will be returning to the team for their final campaign.  Weiss hopes to contribute to the team after making 11 starts in 14 total games competed during the 2018 season, and McGowan had 17 starts in 18 games.  Lastly, senior midfielder/ defender Jessie Willey competed in 14 games, four of them starts and tallied three shots in the last season.

Returning juniors include forward Grace Steele, forward Kaitlyn Brandt, midfielder Megan Ritchie, midfielder/defender Parker Morris and goal-keeper Kayla Zapcic.

Brandt, who has been a major contributor to the team since her freshman campaign, was nailed to the All-Region Second-Team for the second year in a row, All Centennial-Conference First Team, and holds two school records from her 2017 season of “Most Points by a Freshman” and “Most Assists by a Freshman”.

Rejoining Brandt will be Steele, who was second on the team in goals scored in the 2018 season and made 15 starts in 18 games played. Zapcic made an appearance in only five games last season, one of which was a start.

There also will be two returning sophomores for the upcoming 2019 season, including forward Maddie Knight, defender Madison Parker and forward Alyssa McGinnis.  Joining the field hockey team for her first collegiate field hockey season will be sophomore Cristen Quillen, totaling 4 contributing sophomores.  Knight appeared in 14 games while Parker appeared in 15 and both hope to contribute to the success of the team this fall.

The field hockey team gained 11 freshman players, including forward/midfielders Jillian Brejnik, Anna Harrington, Marah Vain-Callahan and Kyra Heap; defender/midfielders Madison Hackett and Tatum Schatt; midfielders Gemma Leona and Lizzie West; forwards Catherine Pelligreen and Julianna Sterling and, lastly, goalkeeper Caroline Krahl.

After two pre-season scrimmages, senior Grabiec shared her outlook for the fall 2019 season.

“We scrimmaged University of Mary Washington and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, which was great. Getting to play two solid teams all within the pre-season timeline was super beneficial, especially considering how many first-years we have.  Getting experience playing together before the first game has helped us tremendously,” she said.

After two pre-season matches and a long week of pre-season workouts the Shorewomen are well on their way to finding success this fall as they seek to find a spot in the Centennial Conference post-season once again.

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