Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College women’s field hockey team had an eventful week as they played three games, including their conference-opener at Gettysburg College.
The Shorewomen had their first game against Salisbury University on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to kick off their long week of competition.
They started it with a tough 0-6 loss to the nationally ranked Sea Gulls, who scored an even three goals per half. Sophomore Kayla Zapcic had six saves and was voted Shorewoman of the Game.
“The outcome wasn’t exactly what we had hoped for, but we got to see a lot of people get to showcase their skills in that game that usually don’t get to. Salisbury is ranked number six nationally, so we knew we were in for a tough fight and we definitely gave it our all. I think we played well and we’re ready for more tough games to come this season,” Zapcic said.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Shorewomen were on the road to participate in their conference opener at Gettysburg. They put up a strong fight, but were ultimately outscored in a 2-1 defeat.
The Shorewomen maintained possession for the majority of the game, but were scored on in a breakaway and a penalty stroke. Immediately following the loss at Gettysburg, the women’s field hockey team set out to York where they stayed overnight and played another hard-fought battle against York College of Penn., ending in a 3-2 loss.
Senior captain Olivia Auer, center midfielder, commented on the tough weekend for the Shorewomen.
“Playing Gettysburg and York this weekend, I think we demonstrated some of our best hockey so far this season and I think it’s only going to get better. We are working towards building our mental toughness and proving to the Centennial Conference that we are resilient,” she said.
With an optimistic outlook from Auer, we look ahead as our Shorewomen face Bryn Mawr in a conference game this Thursday at Kibler Stadium as they hope to improve upon their 0-1 conference record. The game will be played at 7 p.m. The Bryn Mawr Owls have a 4-1 season so far, losing 2-0 to No. 17 John Hopkins University.