Shorewomen Remain in Tournament Chase Despite Loss
SWARTHMORE, PA -- Host Swarthmore College kept its Centennial Conference Tournament hopes alive by rallying from a three-goal halftime deficit to post a dramatic 13-12 Centennial Conference women's lacrosse victory over visiting Washington College tonight on Clothier Field. Despite the loss, the Shorewomen's tournament hopes also remained alive.
Swarthmore still needs a win over Haverford Saturday, an Ursinus win over Muhlenberg Friday, and a Franklin & Marshall win over Dickinson Saturday to grab the fifth and final spot in the conference tournament. Dickinson would clinch that spot with a win over Franklin & Marshall Saturday. Any other scenario would give Washington the fifth and final spot.
The Shorewomen (10-5, 4-5 Centennial) jumped out to a 4-2 lead 6:53 into the game on a goal by junior attacker Kalli Parrish (Timonium, MD/McDonogh School). The teams then traded goals as the Shorewomen led, 5-3, and then 6-4 as junior midfielder Rachel Bartee (Mount Airy, MD/South Carroll) scored her third goal of the half with 19:41 left in the period. The goal trading continued as Annalise Penikis scored for the Garnet (9-6, 3-5) with 15:57 remaining, but Washington countered when sophomore midfielder Mollie Shipley (Denville, NJ/Morris Catholic) converted a feed from senior attacker Sarah Cannon (Baltimore, MD/Notre Dame Prep) with 12:49 left in the period to give Washington a 7-5 lead. Shipley then gave the Shorewomen their first three-goal lead of the contest with a goal off an assist from freshman midfielder Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, MD/Towson) with 8:58 remaining before halftime. The Garnet cut the lead back to two at 8-6 when Penikis scored off a Marie Mutryn assist with 5:57 left. Shipley pushed the lead to 9-6 with a goal with 2:22 on the clock.
Swarthmore opened the second-half scoring when Mutryn scored off a feed from Penikis just 1:13 into the period to cut the deficit to 9-7. Penikis scored her fifth goal of the game with 21:09 to go in the half to pull Swarthmore back within a goal at 9-8. Penikis scored again with 18:27 left to even the score at 9-9. The Garnet scored their fourth straight goal of the half to take their first lead of the game on a goal by Corinne Sommi with 16:12 to play. Swarthmore's run continued with a goal by Nicole Vanchieri off an assist by Sommit with 12:54 left, giving the Garnet an 11-9 lead. Washington finally got on the board in the second half when Eisenbrandt found sophomore attacker Corinne Ziccardi (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) for a goal with 6:11 to play and then found Ziccardi again for a goal off the draw 15 seconds later to even the score at 11-11. Penikis then scored her seventh goal of the game with 5:04 remaining to put the Garnet back in front, 12-11. Eisenbrandt scored the equalizer for the Shorewomen with 59 seconds remaining. Penikis netted the game-winner with 16.7 seconds left off a free-position shot to give her her eighth goal of the game. Washington won the ensuing draw but could not get off a shot before time expired.
Penikis finished with 10 total points in the game, finishing with two assists to go along with her eight goals. Mutryn and Sommi each had two goals and one assist.
Ziccardi led Washington with three goals and one assist, while Bartee and Shipley added three goals each for the Shorewomen. Parrish added two goals, while Eisenbrandt had a goal and three assists.
Swarthmore held a 41-24 advantage in shots in the game, including a 22-7 advantage in the second half. The Garnet also controlled 17 of the game's 27 draws.