Hubley Becomes First Shorewoman Since 2004 to Score 60 Goals in a Season.
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Host Washington College jumped out to a four-goal halftime lead and held off a valiant second-half effort by visiting McDaniel College en route to an 11-10 victory in the first round game of the Centennial Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament tonight on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shorewomen, who improved to 13-4 with the win, advance to play top seed and defending Centennial Conference Champion Gettysburg in a semifinal game Saturday. The Green Terror dropped to 9-8 with the loss.
The Shorewomen scored the first three goals of the game, getting on the board just 13 seconds into the contest on a goal by sophomore midfielder Emily Hubley (West Chester, PA/Bayard Rustin) off the opening draw. Senior attacker Corinne Ziccardi (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) followed with a goal with 25:07 to go and Hubley scored off an assist from senior midfielder Mollie Shipley (Denville, NJ/Morris Catholic) with 22:44 remaining. Anna Molhenrich put the Green Terror on the board off a feed from Paige Messersmith at 20:51 and Messersmith scored a goal of her own off an assist from Mallory Michel 20 seconds later to cut the lead to 3-2. The Shorewomen then ran off three more unanswered goals as Ziccardi scored with 13:34 on the clock, junior midfielder Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, MD/Towson) scored off a Shipley assist at 12:44, and Eisenbrant scored an unassisted tally with 11:45 to play to push the lead to 6-2. The teams then traded goals the rest of the half as Monica Parcell found Bridget Bopst for a goal with 5:23 left, Hubley found Shipley for a goal with 3:13 remaining, Parcell fed Messersmith for a goal with 2:17 on the clock, and Ziccardi assisted on a goal by senior midfielder Marissa Restaino (Media, PA/Penncrest) with nine seconds remaining as Washington took an 8-4 lead into halftime.
The teams continued to trade goals to open the second half. Samantha Barbeito scored with 25:54 left for McDaniel, but Shipley answered for Washington with 20:01 to play. Parcell then scored on a free position with 15:22 to go, but Eisenbrandt countered with a goal with 14:08 left as Washington's lead stood at 10-6. The Green Terror then tallied back-to-back goals by Bopst and Danielle Entrot with 13:32 and 12:28 left, respectively to trim the margin to 10-8. Hubley put Washington back up by a goal with a free-position tally with 9:58 remaining, but Entrot found Barbeito for a goal for McDaniel just 45 seconds later. McDaniel got within one goal when Parcell scored with 5:44 remaining to cut the lead to 11-10.
Washington junior midfielder Kathleen Maleski (Mount Airy, MD/South Carroll) won the ensuing draw control for the Shorewomen who possessed the ball for 4:22 seconds before turning it over. Entrot got off a shot in transition 11 seconds later but it was turned away by Washington senior goalie Stephanie Seibert (Clear Spring, MD/Mercersburg Academy [PA]) and backed up by freshman defender Rachel Kurtz (Sykesville, MD/McDonogh School) as the Shorewomen took back possession. The Shorewomen successfully cleared the ball, but turned it over with 45 seconds to go. McDaniel's clear attempt failed, however, as Restaino scooped up her game-best fifth ground ball of the night and was fouled with 36 seconds to play and Washington was able to run out the rest of the clock and hold on for the win.
Hubley led a balanced Washington offense with three goals and one assist. Her third goal of the night was her 60th of the season, making her the first Shorewoman to score 60 goals in a season since Casey Sawma netted 66 in 2004. Eisenbrandt added three goals of her own, while Shipley had two goals and two assists and Ziccardi had two goals and one assist.
Parcell paced McDaniel with two goals and two assists, while Messersmith had two goals, one assist, and a game-high six draw controls. Bopst and Barbeito scored two goals each, while Entrot tallied one goal and one assist.
Both goalies turned in strong performances as Seibert finished with 10 saves and McDaniel netminder Lily Galzerano had 13.
Each team got off 27 shots in the contest as Washington enjoyed an 18-11 advantage in first half and McDaniel held a 16-9 advantage in the second half. The Green Terror controlled 15 of the game's 23 draws, but turned the ball over 16 times to the Shorewomen's 12.
Saturday's semifinal game at Gettysburg will start at 1:00 p.m. The other semifinal game, between Franklin & Marshall and Haverford, will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m.