Field Hockey Looks To Continue Hot Streak

Athlete of the Week Brittany Palasik looks to put a ball back into play in a game against Goucher. Photo Courtesy of Mike Drake.

Elm Staff Writer

Nerves were all but fried for the fans of Shorewomen field hockey as they went into overtime for the third time this season against eighth-ranked Christopher Newport last Sunday.

Despite losing the match 3-2, the team put on an incredibly strong and exciting performance.  Seven minutes into the game, sophomore Hillary Kane put in a goal off of a long blast from junior Gussie Reilly. Reilly continued her dominance with help from fellow junior Emily Trees with 19:45 remaining in the first half. Christopher Newport tied up the score before halftime, which set up for a second half of gutsy defensive play, led by junior Brittany Palasik.

With a single-game school record of five defensive saves, which is when a defender stops a ball from going into the cage, Palasik has brought her season total to 10.

For her incredible display of defensive skill, Palasik was named the Centennial Conference Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week. Currently, she is only one save shy of the single-season school record and is the Conference leader in defensive saves by 5. With her contribution, Washington College is now the conference leader in overall defensive saves by 2.

In other exciting conference news, Reilly, Trees, senior Shannon Davis, and senior Danielle Rosato appear multiple times in the overall statistic leaders for the Conference including Rosato’s tie for fourth for Game-Winning Goals.  Davis, with the highest appearance, is tied for first with the goalkeepers from Franklin and Marshall and Johns Hopkins University for number of shutouts.

Still 3-0 in the conference and 5-4 overall, the Shorewomen return to action with a Centennial Conference game at Johns Hopkins today.

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