Shorewomen's Second-Half Start Spurs 10-9 CC Tournament Win Over Fords

Shorewomen's Second-Half Start Spurs 10-9 CC Tournament Win Over Fords

Eisenbrandt, Bartee Record Hat Tricks for Shorewomen

HAVERFORD, PA -- Visiting Washington College scored the first five goals of the second half en route to a 10-9 win over host Haverford in the Centennial Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament's first round game tonight on Swan Field. With the win, the Shorewomen (11-5) advanced to a Saturday date at top-seed Franklin & Marshall in a semifinal game. 

The Shorewomen struck first in the game as sophomore midfielder Marissa Restaino (Media, PA/Penncrest) scored off an assist from sophomore attacker Corinne Ziccardi (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) 2:06 into the game. Haverford (10-7) evened the scored when Kayleigh Herrick-Reynolds scored on a free-position shot with 25:25 on the clock, but Ziccardi scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Mollie Shipley (Denville, NJ/Morris Catholic) with 20:56 to go in the first to put Washington back in front, 2-1. The Shorewomen's lead moved to two goals when Restaino scored a free-position goal with 16:51 remaining. Josie Ferri scored her 50th goal of the season for the Fords with 9:47 left to trim the margin to 3-2. The Fords evened the score when Liz Mayell netted a goal off an assist from Kenny Likes with 2:43 remaining before the intermission.

The Shorewomen moved back in front by scoring the first goal of the second half as freshman midfielder Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, MD/Towson) fired in a goal 34 seconds into the period. Junior midfielder Rachel Bartee (Mount Airy, MD/South Carroll) gave Washington a 5-3 lead with a goal off an assist from Eisenbrandt with 25:26 remaining. Bartee quickly scored again, this time off an assist from senior attacker Sarah Cannon (Baltimore, MD/Notre Dame Prep) 29 seconds later as the lead grew to 6-3. Eisenbrant added to the Shorewomen's run 41 seconds after that to extend the margin to 7-3 and made it 8-3 with her third goal of the period, this one on a free-position shot, with 20:22 to play. 

The Fords finally ended the Shorewomen's run with a goal by Likes off an assist from Alexa Pesce with 16:22 left on the clock to pull Haverford within four goals at 8-4. Likes' goal came on the Fords' first shot of the second half. Bartee countered for Washington with a goal with 14:00 left on the clock to push the lead back to five goals. Perrin Downing cut the lead back to four goals by scoring with 8:12 to go in regulation. Likes pulled Haverford to within three goals 23 seconds later with a score off an assist from Herrick-Reynolds to make it 9-6. Washington junior attacker Kalli Parrish (Timonium, MD/McDonogh School) put a stop to the Ford rally with a goal with 6:13 remaining to give the Shorewomen a 10-6 advantage. Ferri did get the Fords back to within three with a goal with 3:56 left, but Haverford would not score again until Downing scored off an assist from Alexis Bond with 12 seconds to go in the game. Likes then made it a one-goal game with a goal off with 4.1 seconds left, but it was too late for Haverford as the Shorewomen won the ensuing draw as the clock expired.

Eisenbrandt and Bartee each scored three goals in the win for Washington. Eisenbrandt also tallied an assist. Restaino added two goals, while Ziccardi had a goal and an assist. sophomore goalie Stephanie Seibert (Clear Spring, MD/Mercersburg Academy) made 10 saves for the Shorewomen.

Likes led the Fords with three goals and one assist. Dowining and Ferri added two goals each, while Herrick-Reynolds had one goal and one assist.  Leah Hammerschlag made seven saves for the Fords in the loss.

The victory was the Shorewomen's first-ever Centennial Conference Tournament win. They were 0-3 in three consecutive appearances in the tournament from 2001 to 2003. 

Haverford held a slim 24-23 advantage in shots in the game. Washington controlled 13 of the game's 21 draws.

Saturday's semifinal game at F&M will begin at 1:00 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to Sunday's championship game, which will also be hosted by F&M. Ursinus and Gettysburg will play in Saturday's other semifinal game.