Shorewomen Score Eight Unanswered Goals in Six Minutes to Take Control
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Host Washington College scored 14 second-half goals, including eight in a span of six minutes, to rally for a 20-17 win over visiting Muhlenberg College in a wild Centennial Conference women's lacrosse game this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shorewomen improved to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play with the win, while the Mules fell to 5-5 and 1-3 with the loss.
It was the Mules who got off to a hot start in the game, taking a 5-1 lead on a goal by Casey Armstrong with 20:48 remaining in the first half. The Shorewomen got back to within a goal at 6-5 courtesy of a free-position tally by junior attacker Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) with 11:02 to go before the intermission. The Mules ended the half on a 3-1 run, however, to take a 9-6 lead into the intermission.
The Shorewomen and Mules traded goals early in the second half before Washington's big run. Senior attacker Caroline Lovett (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) scored off an assist from senior attacker Catherine Stanley (Freeland, Md./Hereford) with 20:10 left to cut the Muhlenberg lead to 12-10. Exactly six minutes and seven goals later, Lovett's goal off a feed from sophomore midfielder Alli Dudley (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) gave the Shorewomen a 17-12 cushion.
Muhlenberg then scored three unanswered goals to get back to within two at 17-15 on a Kayleigh Thies goal off an Armstrong assist at 10:27, but the Shorewomen got a goal from senior defender Liz Godorov (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) with 8:44 to go and another from senior midfielder Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) off a Stanley feed 38 seconds later to extend the lead to 19-15 and all but end the Mules' threat.
Lovett and Hubley each scored six goals in the win, while Stanley had six assists and Dudley tallied two goals and five assists. Kendall found the back of the net four times for the Shorewomen and controlled seven draws. Hubley added four ground balls, five draw controls, and three caused turnovers to go along with her six goals.
Armstrong had a big day for Muhlenberg, chalking up six goals and four assists, while Stephanie Umbach scored four goals, assisted on another, and controlled 13 draws. Thies added five goals and an assist, while Kelsey Nagle had two goals and three assists for the Mules.
The Shorewomen held a 31-27 advantage in shots in the game and controlled 22 of the game's 39 draws, including 16 of the 23 in the second half.
The Shorewomen return to action Wednesday with a 5:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game at Bryn Mawr.