Washington Scores Final Four Goals of Game To Pull Out Win
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College scored four goals in a span of 3:44 in the second half to turn a 7-4 deficit into an 8-7 victory over visiting Haverford on Wednesday night at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium in a Centennial Conference women's lacrosse game. The Shorewomen improve to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the Centennial, while the Fords fall to 8-6 and 3-3 respectively.
The Fords took a 7-4 lead with 15:52 left in the second half on a Christina Gould unassisted tally. Washington began its comeback with 13:36 left in the contest on an unassisted goal by junior attacker Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) to trim the lead to 7-5. The Shorewomen cut the lead to one with 12:56 left in the contest on a score by senior midfielder Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) on a feed from senior attacker Caroline Lovett (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor). 63 seconds later WC would tie it at 7-7 when senior defender Liz Godorov (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) completed a coast-to-coast opportunity and scored unassisted after she forced a caused turnover and got the ground ball. WC would complete the comeback with 9:52 left when Hubley found Kendall for the go-ahead and game-winning goal. With the helper on the winning score, Hubley moved to fifth on the all-time Washington College women's lacrosse point list with 221, passing Casey Sawma '04 who notched 220 all-time points.
The Fords had four chances to tie the game, but hit a pair of posts, had a free position shot blocked and one was saved. The final shot by Gould with 33 seconds left was turned away by Washington sophomore goalkeeper Haylee Solomon (Wantagh, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) and Godorov got the ground ball. Washington was able to clear the ball and run out the clock to record the comeback victory.
In the first half, the Fords scored 4:54 into the game when Elyse Adler scored unassisted. The Shorewomen tied the game at 1-1 when senior attacker Catherine Stanley (Freeland, Md./Hereford) scored on a pass from Kendall. Haverford scored the next two goals to take a 3-1 lead on a pair of free position goals by Diana Perry with 11:43 left in the first and Gould with 9:50 to go in the half. Godorov cut the deficit to 3-2 with 3:13 remaining in the first before Perry closed out the scoring with 2.4 seconds left in the first after she scooped up a ground ball.
Lovett opened the second half with a free position tally 50 seconds in to cut the lead to 4-3. The Fords scored the next two take a 6-3 lead with 23:59 left on a Hannah Morgan goal from Adler. Adler gave Haverford a two-goal cushion with 26:03 to go on a free position. Hubley scored on her own free position with 21:32 remaining to cut the lead to 6-4.
Hubley and Kendall each had three points on two goals and one assist. Godorov had a pair of goals, while Lovett had two points on a goal and a helper. Kendall had four draw controls to lead all players, while Godorov had four ground balls to tie for game best and led the Shorewomen. In goal, Solomon made a career-best 13 saves, including 11 in the first half.
Adler had two goals and an assist to tie for game high in points with three, while Gould and Perry each scored twice. Adler and Sarina Manetta each had four ground balls to tie for game best, while Madison Jones led all players with three caused turnovers while Gould notched three turnovers. In net, Megan Chenworth had six stops.
Haverford enjoyed a 25-17 edge in shots, while Washington won 10 of the game's 17 draw controls. The Fords were 14-for-18 in clears, while the Shorewomen were 14-for-20. The Fords had a 26-20 advantage in ground balls, while turning it over 17 times. The Shorewomen coughed up the ball 18 times. Haverford was 3-for-8 in free position shots, while WC was 2-for-4.
It was the first win for the home team in the series since 2009 when Haverford won 13-10. The last home win for Washington was in 2008 by a 20-10 score. The road team had won the last six games in the series, including Washington's 12-11 win at Haverford in the 2011 Centennial Conference Tournament.
The Shorewomen travel to #6 Gettysburg on Saturday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference contest.