Field Hockey Hot Heading into Muhlenberg

By Kelsey Newborn
Elm Staff Writer

Blazing through the past two games, the Shorewomen have put two tallies in the win column.  The first win of their hot streak came Sept. 11 against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A 3-0 trouncing featured goals by senior Danielle Rosato, sophomore Hillary Kane, and junior Gussie Reilly.

To the fans, the match appeared sewn up quickly in the first half when Rosato pushed a ball into the far corner of the cage in the first 1:50 of the game.  The goal that sealed the deal came seven minutes after Rosato’s as junior Emily Trees passed the ball into the circle and Kane fired a shot into the cage.  The game’s final goal also came in the first half when Reilly beat two defenders and then ran down field on a long sprint, punishing the ball and scoring on a dramatic and exciting play.

Adding to the excitement were two defensive saves from sophomore Erin Lewns and junior Brittany Palasik.  Senior goalie Shannon Davis recorded her first career shutout and brought home the first win of the season for the team.

The second of the two wins came on the night of Sept. 14, when the team triumphed over Goucher College in a 2-0 thriller.  While the game was mostly one sided in favor of Washington College, it was a definite tough battle fought throughout the mid-field, with WC prevailing in the first half on a goal by senior Sara Rutkowski off of a penalty corner and assisted by Reilly.  With the blast by Rutkowski, the Shorewomen put forward a lead that would hold for the rest of the game.  Trees scored the second goal and put the nail in the coffin for the Gophers in the second half when a ball became loose in the circle and she made a gutsy play to get the ball in the back of the cage.

WC outshot Goucher 28-3 and completely dominated the second half, with the only action from the Gophers coming on a penalty corner in one of the few moments they managed to make it into the Shorewomen’s defensive half.

This game marks the second shutout for Davis and propels the team to 2-2 as they head into conference play today, away at Muhlenberg at 5:00 p.m.

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