CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- The first challenge for the 2014 Washington College field hockey team - leaving the 2013 season squarely in the past - has likely already been accomplished. A strong non-traditional season last spring and an early August team trip to Ireland have helped the Shorewomen turn the page on a 5-10 campaign that saw them miss the Centennial Conference Tournament for the first time since 2009.
After a 2-1 start to Centennial Conference play in 2013, the Shorewomen hit a stretch of schedule that saw them lose five consecutive Centennial Conference games before bouncing back to win their final two Centennial contests on the road to complete a 4-6 league mark, two games out of a tournament spot. This season, with a half-dozen seniors leading the way, the Shorewomen are ready for a return to the postseason.
Senior attack Jackie O'Connell (Northampton, Pa./Northampton) was one of the bright spots of the 2013 campaign, scoring a team-leading 10 goals and assisting on another for a team-leading 21 points while starting all 15 games in her first season of collegiate field hockey. Senior attack Kate Duggan (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Academy of the New Church) is coming off a two-goal, two-assist season in which she made 13 starts while playing all 15 games, while senior attack Grace Phillips (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) had one goal and one assist while making 10 starts in 15 games a year ago. Defender Emily Bodmer (Laurel, Md./Elizabeth Seton) made five starts in nine games and had one assist and was named the team's Most Improved Player, while senior midfielder Meredith Andrews (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) made six starts in seven games. Attack Caitlain Krawczyk (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville), who appeared in four games a year ago, completes the senior class.
The Shorewomen's junior class includes a wealth of experience on the defensive end of the field. Defenders Emily Eline (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford), Jordan Mitchell (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County), and Sydney Sikon (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding) were all starters a year ago. Eline started every game and made a team-best seven defensive saves. Mitchell also started every game, while Sikon made 12 starts in 14 games and registered three defensive saves. Midfielder Ali Grady (Narberth, Pa./Harriton) scored one goal in eight games last season in her first year of collegiate field hockey. Sadie Robertson (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township), meanwhile, makes the switch to goalkeeper after playing two seasons in the field for Washington.
Four of the Shorewomen's six returning sophomores played in every game as freshmen a year ago - midfielders Elizabeth Davis (Earleville, Md./Bohemia Manor), Alli Dudley (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key), and Allison Remenapp (Woodbine, Md./Century) and attack Jennifer Tordella (New Castle, Del./William Penn). Davis started every game and finished the season with three goals, two assists, and one defensive save. Dudley made five starts and tallied four goals and one assist. Tordella and Remenapp each made six starts as Tordella notched a pair of goals on the season. Sophomore attack Jenn Miller (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) had one assist in 2013 while playing in 11 games. Following the graduation of three-year starter Steph Harryman, junior Lindsay Scott (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) is the only Shorewoman on the roster with collegiate goalkeeping experience. Scott appeared in one game last fall and did not need to make a save in 15:46 of playing time.
A strong group of newcomers will enhance the Shorewomen's roster this fall, including freshman attack Sami Bialozynski (Eldersburg, Md./Century), midfielder Michaela Conners (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll), and defenders Courtney Rainey (Severna Park, Md./Severn School), Colleen Meeley (New Castle, Del./William Penn), and Katie Arnold (Hockessin, Del./Wilmington Christian).
Head coach Rachel Boyle welcomes back assistant coach Tory Sharpless to the Shorewomen's sidelines. New to the coaching staff, but not to the College, is first-year assistant coach Kristen Wille, a 2013 graduate of the school and first-team All-Region selection.
The Shorewomen will open their 2014 season with non-conference home games against Ithaca (August 30th) and Stevenson (September 3rd) before playing in the Frostburg State Tournament September 6th and 7th. Washington will open that tournament against Kenyon and then play either the host Bobcats or Transylvania. A non-conference game at Virginia Wesleyan (September 14th) follows before Centennial Conference play begins at Johns Hopkins (September 20th). Washington's two remaining non-conference games will be at home against Wesley (September 23rd) and at Wilson (October 7th). Additional Centennial Conference road games will be played at Gettysburg (September 27th), Swarthmore (October 9th), Franklin & Marshall (October 25th), and Haverford (October 29th). The conference home slate includes games against Bryn Mawr (October 1st), Muhlenberg (October 11th), Dickinson (October 18th), Ursinus (October 22nd), and McDaniel (November 1st).