Trees Scores Two Goals, Palasik Makes Three Defensive Saves
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The Washington College field hockey team scored a season-high five goals en route to a 5-1 Centennial Conference victory over visiting Swarthmore this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shorewomen improved to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play with the win, while the Garnet fell to 3-6 and 1-2.
Washington sophomore midfielder Kristen Wille (Stevensville, MD/Kent Island) blasted in her first goal of the year with 25:39 left in the fist half. Senior attack Danielle Rosato (Narvon, PA/Pequea Valley) made it 2-0 when she lifted a penalty stroke into the upper-right hand corner of the goal with 23:04 left in the half. Washington's third goal came in transition as junior midfielder Gussie Reilly (Buck Hill Falls, PA/Mercersburg Academy) sent the ball ahead to junior attack Emily Trees (Kensington, MD/Connelly School of the Holy Child). Trees then beat Swarthmore goalkeeper Katie Ashmore, who had come up into the circle, in a one-on-one and knocked the ball into the goal.
The Garnet got on the scoreboard with 32:14 left in the second half when Catie Meador scored on a penalty stroke. Washington answered when sophomore midfielder Hilary Manion flicked a ball to Trees for the latter's second goal of the afternoon with 27:17 remaining. The assist was the first of Manion's collegiate career. Freshman midfielder Shannon Denno (Crofton, MD/South River) tacked on the Shorewomen's fifth goal by scoring the first of her collegiate career off an assist from Wille with 3:06 left in the game.
The Shorewomen held a 27-15 advantage in shots in the contest, including a 16-1 advantage in the first half. Each team had 15 penalty corners in the game.
Junior defender Brittany Palasik (Severna Park, MD/Archbishop Spalding made three defensive saves in the game for the Shorewomen, while senior goalkeeper Shannon Davis (Sykesville, MD/Liberty) made six saves in the cage. Ashmore made eight saves for Swarthmore.
The Shorewomen return to action Sunday with a 2:00 p.m. non-conference home game against eighth-ranked Christopher Newport.