Shorewomen Off to First 2-0 Start in Seven Years
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Visiting Washington College got goals from four different players in a 4-0 win over host Stevenson in a non-conference field hockey game tonight at Mustang Stadium. The Shorewomen improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2007 with the win, while the Mustangs fell to 2-1 with the loss.
The Shorewomen took a 1-0 lead when sophomore attack Jennifer Tordella (New Castle, Del./William Penn) scored on the third of three Washington shots on goal with 23:27 to play in the first half during a flurry of activity in front of Stevenson goalkeeper Gabriella Brooks. The Shorewomen enjoyed a 10-2 advantage in shots and a 7-2 advantage in penalty corners in the first half.
Washington tacked on three more goals in a span of 3:39 early in the second half. Senior attack Jackie O'Connell (Northampton, Pa./Northampton) started things off with a goal with 30:24 left in the game and senior attack Grace Phillips (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) followed with a goal of her own just 82 seconds later. Phillips then assisted on the Shorewomen's fourth goal with 26:45 left, inserting a corner to sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Davis (Earleville, Md./Bohemia Manor), who found the back of the cage for her second goal of the season. Washington recorded eight shots in the second half to Stevenson's four. The Shorewomen had seven penalty corners in the half to the Mustangs' six.
Washington junior goalkeeper Sadie Robertson (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) made three saves in the victory, while Brooks tallied six in the loss for Stevenson.
Washington, which opened the season with a 2-0 win over Ithaca Saturday, has now posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since defeating MIT, 3-0, and Goucher, 2-0, on September 11th and 14th, 2010. The Shorewomen's last 2-0 start, seven years ago, also came via two shutouts, a 13-0 win over Notre Dame (Md.) and a 4-0 win over Goucher on September 1st and 5th, 2007.
The Shorewomen return to action Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. game against Kenyon at the Frostburg State Tournament.