Elm Staff Writer
The Shorewomen finished this week with their first win in a conference match versus Bryn Mawr College and a loss against John Hopkins University.
On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Shorewomen faced Bryn Mawr at home and picked up their first conference win, beating the Owls 2-0.
Twelve minutes into of the first half, Washington College scored first. Sophomore forward Grace Steele scored off the first shot of the game.
After WC got on the board, the Owls continued to try and find a way to score, but all shots were blocked by the Shorewomen’s defensive line, including senior goalkeeper Morgan Domanico.
Senior defender Sabrina Jenkins scored the second and final goal of the game, recording her first-ever career goal.
The Shorewomen put up an aggressive offense, holding a 12-6 advantage in shots during the whole game. The final score, 2-0, matched the score of Johns Hopkins versus Bryn Mawr, played on Sept. 15 a few days earlier.
Later in the week, on Saturday, Sept. 22, the Shorewomen faced John Hopkins, a fierce competitor in the past. Last season, WC lost to Johns Hopkins in double overtime.
“Going into this game with the W over Bryn Mawr was a great feeling. That win had been a long time coming, so I think it gave us the energy we needed to put our best foot forward against Hopkins,” Jenkins said.
The game was a tough fight from start to finish. The first half started with the Blue Jay’s aggressive offense taking 10 shots and putting four on goal, but the Shorewomen’s defensive effort pulled though, stopping the attempts. Three of the shots were saved by Domanico while the fourth shot was saved by Jenkins.
After several attempts, Hopkins scored in the 45th minute with a direct shot on cage. In the following minutes, the Blue Jays managed two more goals, bringing the score to 3-0 within 10 minutes.
Although this was a loss on paper, the Shorewomen were consistent in their defense.
“Hopkins is one of the best teams in the country,” said Jenkins. “We have so much strength in our defensive end.”
Hopkins tallied 28 shots and 17 offensive penalty corners. The Shorewomen allowed just three shots, finishing the game with 10 saves.
The next game for WC field hockey is Saturday, Sept. 29. The Shorewomen will be hosting McDaniel for their “These Hands Don’t Haze” game at 1 p.m.