Women’s Lax Downs Haverford, Moves to .500 in Conference
The teams traded goals in the early stages of the contest. Haverford scored first after five minutes of play, but it did not take long for Val Hoffman ’14 to recover and tie the game after a great feed from Kaity Moore ’12. Haverford maintained possession until they were able to score again to retake the lead, but the Devils responded with an unassisted goal by Megan Taylor ’15.
The teams battled for possession over the next ten minutes, before Haverford broke through to go up 3-2. It looked as though the Devils would enter the half trailing, but Kelly Haglund ’15 had other plans, scoring with 21 seconds remaining to knot the game up heading into halftime. Carly O’Brien ’15 got the assist on what was Haglund’s 19th goal of the season.
Returning to the field for the second half with a tied score of 3-3, the players said Dickinson came out strong and with a different mindset. “Our shooting really improved in the second half. By building confidence after each goal, we were able to move forward with momentum and win the game,” said co-captain Lauren Jonas ’14. It didn’t look like this would be the case early on, as the Fords scored twice within the first two minutes of the second half to earn their largest lead of the game. The Devils once again found a way to answer, however. Clare Manoli ’13 found the back of the net off an assist from Haglund, who initially picked up the draw to cut the lead to one. A minute later, Manoli and Haglund hooked up again to draw even at five.
From this point on, Dickinson was the team clearly in control. They rattled off three consecutive scores after Manoli’s goal to take an 8-5 lead. A Haverford goal made things interesting with just less than seven minutes to play, but a late goal by Haglund sealed the victory for the Devils.
Goalie Amanda Morse ’13 only made two saves for the day, as the Devils defensive line only allowed 10 shots on goal. Dickinson’s offense, on the other hand, tallied an astounding 30 shots.
The team is currently 5-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference. They return to action at home against Washington College, a team that sits just ahead of them in the standings. The Shorewomen downed the Devils 13-7 last season. Co-Captain Linzi Burstein ’13 remarked, “[Washington College] is a big game. We all want revenge on them, including myself.” The two teams will face off on Saturday, April 7 at 12 p.m.