By Jordan Fairchild
Elm Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the Washington College field hockey team traveled to Haverford, Pa. to verse Centennial Conference opponent Haverford College on Swan Field. The Fords narrowly defeated the Shorewomen 0-1.
Neither team scored during the first half.
During the first quarter, freshman Kat Esposito took a shot for the Shorewomen, while the Fords took four. The Shorewomen took one shot, and the Fords took two in the second quarter.
During the third quarter, the Fords took the only two shots, neither of which contributed a score. Junior Marah Vain-Callahan took the last shot for the Shorewomen in the fourth quarter but didn’t score.
With less than seven minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Fords scored. This was the last shot of the game and brought the score to 0–1, a loss for the Shorewomen.
Sophomore goalkeeper, Sasha Dennis, made four total saves for the Shorewomen during the game. The Fords made three saves total.
The Shorewomen had two penalty corners during the game, compared to the Fords’ thirteen penalty corners.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Shorewomen competed against Conference opponent Muhlenberg College’s Mules at home on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium. The Shorewomen were victorious over the Mules in the overtime matchup, 2–1.
This game was also Senior Day for the Shorewomen. They celebrated three seniors on Saturday: Maddie Knight, Madison Parker, and Cristen Quillen.
“Choosing to play at WC is such a special decision I made and will always cherish,” Knight said. “I have learned the values of camaraderie when faced with hardships and so much more.”
The first half was scoreless for the Shorewomen and the Mules.
During the third quarter, Esposito scored off an assist from junior Anna Harrington, putting the score at 1–0 for the Shorewomen.
With five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Mules tied the game 1–1. The fourth quarter was scoreless, which sent the game into overtime.
During overtime, junior Kyra Heap assisted Esposito for the game-winning shot, which closed the score out at 2–1 for the Shorewomen’s victory.
Esposito now has a team high of 12 goals this season and was named Goose Nation TV’s Player of the Game.
The Shorewomen and the Mules were even in shot attempts with eight shots each.
Goalkeeper Dennis had four saves for the Shorewomen compared to the Mules’ single save during the game.
“I am incredibly proud of how we have gelled together and learned to work together as a family in any game situation that presents itself,” Parker said.
The Shorewomen now have an overall record of 6–9, 2–6 in the Conference.
“After having our senior day, the day is unmatched to any other field hockey memory,” Knight said. “I am so grateful for my amazing teammates who are all such amazing women. I truly have the best team.”
The Shorewomen will return to Kibler Field on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. to face Conference opponent, the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays.
Photos by Izze Rios