By Jordan Fairchild
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College field hockey team travelled to Westminster, Md., to compete against their Centennial Conference opponent, the McDaniel College Green Terror at Gill Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 29. This was the Conference opener for the Shorewomen this season.
The Shorewomen prevailed over the Green Terror at 3–0.
With 34 seconds left in the first quarter of the game, freshman Kat Esposito scored a goal for the Shorewomen, putting them on the board at 1–0 to close out the quarter. This goal marked Esposito’s fifth straight game with a goal for the Shorewomen this season.
Neither the Shorewomen nor the Green Terror were able to score during the second quarter.
By the end of the half, the Shorewomen dominated with six shots on the goal, compared to the Green Terror’s single shot on goal during the half.
With 47 seconds left in the third quarter, Esposito scored again, this time assisted by sophomore Kate Gromacki. This goal put the score at 2–0 for the Shorewomen.
In the fourth quarter, the Shorewomen closed out the game with a goal from senior Madison Parker, her second goal of the season. She was assisted by junior Julianna Sterling, securing the final score at 3–0, Shorewoman.
This was the first Conference opener win for the Shorewomen since they defeated the Gettysburg College Bullets in a double-overtime game in 2017.
“It feels so amazing to start off on a high note,” junior Jo Robson said. “It feels like it gives us some positive momentum to build upon for the rest of the season.”
The Shorewomen took an overall of 18 shots on goal during the game, while the Green Terror only took two.
Esposito had two goals, making her the team leader in goals with nine total for the season.
Sophomore goalkeepers Ava Rivera and Sasha Dennis each came away with one save during the game, marking two total saves for the Shorewomen and 10 for the Green Terror.
On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Shorewomen hosted the in-Conference Ursinus College Bears on the Kibler Field at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium. The Bears narrowly defeated the Shorewomen 2–3.
Early in the first quarter, Sterling scored an unassisted goal to put the Shorewomen on the board. This would be her fourth goal of the overall season.
Later in the quarter, the Bears scored a goal to even the score at 1–1 going into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Esposito assisted Parker for a goal to bring the score to 2–1 for the Shorewomen.
Not long after, the Bears answered with a goal for an even 2–2.
With just over five minutes left in the second quarter, the Bears scored another goal, tallying 2–3 to close out the half.
The third and fourth quarters were scoreless, so the Bears became victorious over the Shorewomen at 2–3.
The Bears dominated the Shorewomen in shots on goal, taking 16 compared to the Shorewomen’s eight.
Goalkeeper Dennis had six saves for the Shorewomen, compared to four for the Bears.
After these two games, the Shorewomen now have an overall record of 5–4 and 1–1 in the Conference.
“We have been working really hard on not letting mistakes hinder our ability to continue playing both in the moment of the mistake as well as the moments and maybe even days after,” Robson said. “Just seeing us this past week really capitalize on that and watching it bring out a confidence I haven’t seen us carry before is so amazing.”
The Shorewomen will host Conference opponent Bryn Mawr College on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. on Kibler Field.
Photo by Izze Rios