Wille Scores Two Goals in Win for Washington
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Host Washington College scored three times in the final 10 minutes of the game to pull away from visiting Swarthmore College en route to a 5-2 Centennial Conference field hockey win over the Garnet this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shorewomen, who have now won five consecutive games for the first time in three years, improved to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play with the win, while the Garnet fell to 4-5 and 2-3 with the loss.
The Shorewomen got on the board first, scoring just 7:35 into the game as junior midfielder Kristen Wille (Stevensville, MD/Kent Island) scored off an assist from senior attack Emily Trees (Kensington, MD/Connelly School of the Holy Child), firing the ball in from the stroke mark. The Garnet evened things up exactly two minutes later as Nia Jones scored off an assist from Beth Johnson. Washington reclaimed the lead with 20:22 to go in the half when freshman attack Claire McAuliffe (Clarksville, MD/Glenelg Country School scored from the stroke mark off an assist from senior midfielder Gussie Reilly (Buck Hill Falls, PA/Mercersburg Academy). The Garnet evened the score again with just 4:52 left in the half on a penalty stroke by Catie Meador.
Neither team scored in the second half until Washington junior midfielder Hilary Manion (Trappe, PA/Archbishop Carroll) scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal with 8:52 remaining in the game as she wound up and blasted a shot from near the top of the circle. Trees tacked on an insurance goal for the for the Shorewomen with 6:08 on the clock, scoring on a breakaway, and Wille added another with 4:10 to go to give Washington the three-goal advantage.
The Shorewomen held a 30-9 advantage in shots in the game, including a 21-1 margin in the second half. Washington also had a 14-4 advantage in penalty corners in the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Steph Harryman (Churchton, MD/Southern) made five saves in the win for the Shorewomen, while Gabriella Capone made 17 for Swarthmore in the loss.
Washington's current five-game win streak is its longest since since winning eight in a row during the 2008 season.
The Shorewomen return to action Friday with a 3:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Muhlenberg.