2012 Most Amazing Performance - The Results
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1st Place - 737 Votes
September 22nd: Volleyball Outlasts Gettysburg in Five Sets for First Win Over Bullets Since 1977
Talk about shaking a pair of really large monkeys off your back. The Shorewomen had not beaten Gettysburg since 1977, having lost 33 straight matches in the series, and had lost their last five five-set matches. It might have been understandable, then, had the Shorewomen wilted in that decisive fifth set on Homecoming, but a 15-13 set win gave Washington the historic victory. Gettysburg had opened the match with a 25-21 first-set win. The Shorewomen then won the second set, 25-22, before the Bullets took a 2-1 lead with a 25-16 third-set win. Washington forced the fifth set with a 27-25 win in set four. Jess Daunoras recorded the match-winning kill for the Shorewomen who went on to finish the season with their most conference wins in 18 years.
2nd Place - 287 Votes
October 17th: Field Hockey Gets First-Ever Win Over Ursinus, 3-2, in Overtime
Call it "lucky 13." In their 13th all-time meeting against Ursinus, the Shorewomen finally got a win. Washington held a 2-1 lead less than 11 minutes into the game and maintained that advantage until Ursinus tied the score with 2:02 left in regulation. Hilary Manion scored the historic game-winner for the Shorewomen 4:18 into overtime on a third effort after she had two previous shots saved by the Bears' goalkeeper. The Shorewomen enjoyed a 25-8 advantage in shots in the game. Washington went on to qualify for the Centennial Conference Tournament for the fourth time in the past five years.
3rd Place - 228 Votes
May 6th: Softball Shuts Out Gettysburg, 2-0, to Reach Championship Round of Centennial Conference Tournament for First Time
Like their baseball counterparts, the Shorewomen had dropped the first game of their double-elimination tournament. After bouncing back on May 5th with a win over Ursinus, the Shorewomen took on Gettysburg - which had beaten Washington, 4-1, the day before - the next morning with the right to face McDaniel in the championship round on the line. The result was a 2-0 shutout for Washington. Jill Piasecki started the game in the circle for the Shorewomen and allowed six hits in six and two-thirds innings. Kristin Cooper came on for the save. An RBI single by Suzanne Patinella in the first inning and an RBI double by Kylie Nottingham in the fifth was all the offense the Shorewomen would need. The Shorewomen finished the season with 21 wins, matching their school record.
May 5th: Baseball Eliminates Top Seed Johns Hopkins from Centennial Conference Tournament to Reach Championship Round for First Time
After reaching the Centennial Conference Tournament for the second time in three years, the baseball team faced on daunting task on May 5th. The Shoremen had lost their opener in the double-elimination tournament to Haverford the day before and would need to go 2-0 on the 5th to advance to the championship round. Washington did just that, first eliminating McDaniel, 6-0, via a three-hit shutout pitched by Kyle Aldrich and then shocking host Johns Hopkins by scoring the final nine runs of the game and ousting the Blue Jays from the tournament with a 10-6 win. Eventual Centennial Conference Player of the Year Ryan Normoyle and Dennis Thomas each homered in the win over Hopkins, Washington's first road win over the Blue Jays since 1995. The Shoremen finished the season with 28 wins, breaking the previous school record for wins in a season by seven.
April 7th: Men's Lacrosse Rallies for 10-9 Overtime Victory at Fifth-Ranked Dickinson
2012 will be remembered as the year that Washington College men's lacrosse bounced back after a pair of rebuilding years. The Shoremen were already 7-2 heading into their game at fifth-ranked Dickinson on April 7th, but their come-from-behind win over the Red Devils was clearly their "we're back!" game. Washington trailed, 8-6, heading into the fourth quarter before scoring three straight goals to take a 9-8 lead. Dickinson tied the game with 1:12 left in regulation, but Bennett Cord (who would go on to win Centennial Conference Player of the Year and All-America honors) scored the game-winner with 30 seconds left in overtime. The Shoremen went on to earn the top seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament for the first time since 2004 and a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2008.
November 27th: Women's Basketball Wins at Johns Hopkins for First Time Ever
In 15 previous all-time road games against Johns Hopkins, the Shorewomen had never gotten a win. In fact, they had never been closer than 12 points against the Blue Jays in Baltimore. But on November 27th, the Shorewomen led for most of the game and hung on for a 53-51 victory to improve to 4-0 overall for the first time in 18 years and 2-0 in conference play for the first time ever. Ashley Espinosa led the Shorewomen with 14 points, while Erin Fitzgerald and Latisha Pledger combined for 21 rebounds.
September 22nd: Gabriel's Rain-Soaked Goal Gives Men's Soccer First Win Over Gettysburg in Nine Years
Volleyball wasn't the only sport that chalked up an historic win on Homecoming. Men's soccer capped off the day with a 7:00 p.m. game against Gettysburg, which featured a downpour during the second half. George Gabriel supplied the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute when he fired a shot high that went off the crossbar, was attempted to be covered by the Gettysburg goalkeeper, and rolled into the back of the net. The victory was Washington's first over the Bullets since 2003. Tyler Cabot made four saves in goal for the Shoremen, including a diving stop in the 84th minute to preserve the shutout.
October 10th: Women's Soccer Scores Five Goals in Span of 8:47 in Win Over Division II Opponent
The Shorewomen controlled the first half against visiting Division II Washington Adventist but held just a 1-0 halftime lead. They made up for it in the second half with five goals in a span of 8:47 en route to a 7-0 win. The Shorewomen held a 31-4 advantage in shots in the game. Bailey Howard and Gabby Antalffy each scored two goals in the win. The seven goals were the most in a single game by the Shorewomen in over eight years. The Shorewomen, who opened the season in one of the most bizarre ways possible, finished the season with their best-ever Centennial Conference record.
January 14th: Men's Basketball Hands Seventh-Ranked Franklin & Marshall First Loss of the Season
Homestanding F&M entered the game 14-0 overall and 7-0 in conference play, but it was the Shoremen who left Lancaster with a 78-74 victory. Kevin Cunningham made two free throws with 6.3 seconds left to break a 74-74 tie and put the Shoremen ahead for good. Kevin Breslin scored a team-best 18 points in the win. The victory came during an 8-1 stretch of the season for the Shoremen, who would go on to reach the Centennial Conference Semifinals for the second time in three years.
April 22nd: Sailing Qualifies for Women's National Championship Semifinal for First Time
The Washington College sailing team has qualified for the ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Semifinals for five years in a row, but had never before reached national championship competition for women-only racing. That changed in April when the Shorewomen finished seventh at the MAISA Women's Spring Championships to earn a spot in the ICSA Women's National Semifinal. Mildred Conroy skippered Washington to a sixth-place finish in A Division, while Mackenzie Needham drove Washington to a fifth-place finish in B Division.