Field hockey is victorious during their first home game of the season

By Lauren Zedlar

Elm Staff Writer

On Saturday, April 3, the Washington College field hockey team hosted their first exhibition game on the Athey Field against the Franklin and Marshall College Diplomats.

The Shorewomen ended up winning the game 1–0 against the Diplomats.

The Shorewomen’s only goal that day, and the only goal of the entire game, was scored by sophomore Julianna Sterling early in the third quarter after an assist by junior Maddie Knight. 

The Shorewomen continued playing the following Sunday, April 11. They hosted a play-day at Athey Field competing against the Salisbury University Seagulls and Fairleigh Dickinson University of Florham Devils. 

This was also the last home game for the Shorewomen, making it their Senior Day. Four seniors were celebrated: Kayla Zapcic, Grace Steele, Parker Wolf, and Kailyn Brandt.

The play-day had seven players for each team on the field at once and consisted of two mini games with each team. The Shorewomen went 2–2 by the end of the day.

“We had great energy going into the games since it was senior day,” Steele said. “As a senior it’s been great to play with this team and I have cherished my time with WC field hockey.”

The Shorewomen’s first mini game finished as a 2–1 loss against the Seagulls. Their lone goal was scored by sophomore Anna Harrington with an assist by Steele. 

For game two, the Shorewomen played against the Devils, ending at 3–0, Shorewomen. Goals were scored by freshman Kate Gromacki and Steele. 

The Shorewomen faced the Seagulls again for their third game but came up short at 1–0. 

In the Shorewomen’s last game of the day, they played the Devils once more, beating them at 4–0. Knight and Sterling scored one goal each and Brandt scored the other two goals. Steele and Brandt had an assist each also. 

“It’s always great to have the opportunity to play multiple games back to back because it gives you a lot of chances to fix whatever isn’t working,” Sterling said. “We definitely took advantage of that today and it was great to see the team connect the pieces.” 

“We were happy to get some good competition in playing both FDU and Salisbury,” Knight said. “At first we were slow to get our energy up but picked it up after our first game. Now we are looking forward to a tough game against Salisbury on Friday.” 

The Shorewomen’s next game is Friday, April 16 at Salisbury University at 7 p.m.

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