W. Lax Jumps to 6-6 Against Washington
Per usual, Dickinson jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first ten minutes of play with a free position goal from Megan Taylor ’15 in addition to Ella Cough ’12 finding the net after an assist from Kaity Moore ’12. The Shorewomen kept on the heat and managed to execute on three, back-to-back free position shots. This not only put WAC on the board but ahead of Dickinson.
Once again Clough converted an assist, this time from Taylor, to add another goal to bring the score to a tie at 3-3. Co-Captain Linzi Burstein ’13 fought up to the last second before the halftime buzzer to hit the net and bring back the lead for Dickinson.
The Red Devils dominated in ball possession coming into the second half and took the opportunity to finish on Clough’s assist to Burstein. This brought Dickinson to a 5-3 lead against the Shorewomen. It took another ten minutes of back and forth field play and a few shot attempts by the Shorewomen before Dickinson’s Manoli tallied another goal on a free position shot.
Washington College quickly panicked and three consecutive goals to tie up the score for the second time at 6-6. “[Washington College] is a big game,” said Burstein. “We practiced playing as a team every day this week so we could do it in the game.”
With 7:34 remaining on the clock, the Red Devils pushed to makes moves toward goal and quickly retaliated the tie with a quick shot from Manoli and an assist from Burstein. Washington missed a goal and free position shot attempt in the last five minutes of the game to leave the game with a final score of 7-6.
Co-Captain Lauren Jonas said how rewarding it is to watch the team’s hard work pay off because it shows how much talent and potential the team has for both the rest of this season and seasons to come.
The talent expands beyond the offensive attack. Brett Whelan ’14, in deserving fashion, earned Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week last week. In two games that week, she controlled 11 draws, snagged nine ground balls and caused four turnovers. Behind Whelan, goalie Amanda Morse ’13 made eight saves on the day. In the most recent game, Chloe Golod ’13 caused three turnovers and scooped four ground balls.
The team advances to 6-6 overall and 3-2 in the Centennial Conference. They will match-up against McDaniel and Swarthmore later this week for two more conference games on April 11 and April 14 respectively. With McDaniel and Swarthmore ranking low in the conference standings, the next two games look extremely hopeful.