Athlete Spotlight: captain defender, Amity Harrington

By Molly Pennington

Sports Editor

Washington College’s women’s soccer has a senior defender that brought the team together and become an unstoppable force. That force is Amity Harrington.

“Play smart, work as a team, and leave everything out on the field,” Harrington said.

Her stats on the field make it clear that she takes this motto seriously. Harrington accrued over 3,700 minutes during 49 games in her four years on the team.

For the Centennial all-conference, Harrington received an honorable mention as she led the defense and caused WC to have less goals scored on them than any other team in the conference.

“Amity is an excellent athlete, so she covers a lot of ground, wins balls in the air, and tackles well,” women’s soccer’s Head Coach Thomas Reilly said. “She is good at playing passes out of the back.”

Even as a defender, Harrington made five shots this season and 12 over her career, the most of any Shorewoman defender. Her footwork and overall skill have gotten her and the entire team very far.

This year, the Shorewomen’s record was 6-5-5, which is the fewest losses the team has ever seen other than their four-game season in 2020.

Her proudest moment was during the Shorewomen’s recent defeat of the Haverford College Fords. The Fords went completely undefeated against the Shorewomen until this year.

“Playing this game, I’ve never felt happier… to me this was the biggest victory I have been a part of during my time here because it showed just how much the program has grown.” Harrington said.

She played for the entire 90 minutes against the Fords and did not let a single goal get past her. A well-deserved win for the Shorewomen after their difficult history with the Fords.

As team captain, Harrington has a big role to play on and off the field. She is a leader and role model for her teammates, who inspire her in all aspects of life.

“Amity has more of a unifying personality… She works hard, is a dedicated student, and is also involved in other campus groups and activities, so that kind of effort trickles down to the younger players in the program,” Reilly said. “We are proud of our team dynamic, and Amity certainly contributes to that in a very positive manner.”

Outside of soccer, Harrington is the president of WC’s Compost Club. She has been working with the rest of the board to hold events and fundraisers with the goal of creating a more sustainable campus environment.

Although the club is still developing, she managed to get over two weeks filled with students turning compost bins and even held an event for students to make their own bins.

“We have already accomplished an 18-day compost challenge where we created good usable compost in the fastest way possible,” Harrington said. “Our goal is to put down roots so the club can essentially run itself for years to come as composting is a vital part of sustainability.”

Harrington has two more semesters with WC has a political science major and and all-around team player.

“She leads by example.” Reilly said. “She is a compassionate leader, and she is a great person who has the respect of her teammates.”

Photo Caption: Senior defender Amity Harrington played over 1,300 minutes this past season.

Photo courtesy of WC Athletics

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