Washington sticks it to Centennial opponent, 4-1
CHESTERTOWN — Sophomores Grace Steele and Kailyn “K.B.” Brandt each scored twice Saturday, carrying host Washington past conference rival McDaniel, 4-1, in field hockey.
The Shore ladies (2-8 overall) leveled their Centennial record at 2-2.
They found the back of the net three times in the opening eight minutes. Steele scored what held up as the game-winner with 7 minutes, 4 seconds elapsed. Brandt’s blast from just inside the circle 37 seconds later was the insurance goal.
Steele dented the scoreboard with only 2:07 gone to give the locals a lead that was never challenged.
Brandt’s team-leading sixth goal came in the 39th minute, extending Washington’s lead to 4-0.
McDaniel (1-8, 0-4 CC) ended the shutout with less than three minutes remaining when Megan Quattrone solved backup goalie Kayla Zapcic, who already had made six saves.
It was a lopsided game. Washington finished with a 30-13 advantage in shots.
Head coach Annie Ki- etzman substituted liberally; all 22 Washington players who dressed for the game saw action. Senior Morgan Domanico (three saves) and Zapcic each played 35 minutes in the cage.
Washington broke into the win column Sept. 20 against a much-improved Bryn Mawr. Senior defender Sabrina Jenkins scored on a penalty corner with time expired, putting an exclamation point on the 2-0 triumph.
This was the first collegiate goal for Jenkins.
Washington outshot its guest, 12-6, including 6-2 in shots on goal.
Bryn Mawr (6-3) held a slim 10-7 lead in penalty corners.
Domanico had to make only two saves to earn the shutout, but both stops, which came in the second half, were huge because the Shore ladies’ lead was tenuous until the horn sounded.
Steele’s goal in the 13th minute was on the game’s first shot. She received a pass from Olivia Auer near the left post and poked the ball past Maggie Titus (four saves).
Bryn Mawr’s first shot came in the 24th minute, but it was blocked by junior defender Kylie Weiss.
Washington nearly doubled its lead in the 47th minute, but Titus got some help
when Auer’s shot glanced off the left post.
Just seconds later, Domanico denied Samantha Shaw on the Owls’ first shot on goal of the night.
It was all Bryn Mawr over the next 13 minutes, defined by a flurry of five penalty corners and a shot by Mary Cugini just inside the scoring circle in the 61st minute that required a save by Domanico.
Titus kicked away a shot by Nicole Schroyer in the 65th minute to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Owls pulled Titus in the 68th minute and substituted a “kicking back” as an extra field player in an attempt to generate more offense.
The move backfired, however, as Washington was awarded a corner with all but 20 seconds elapsed. The corner was played out, with Jenkins capitalizing on the scramble in front of a vulnerable cage.
In between the conference victories, WC dropped a
2-1 decision to instate rival St. Mary’s on Sept. 26. The nighttime game was delayed 92 minutes due to lightning in the area.
The sides played to a scoreless draw at halftime.
Senior forward Clare Ingersoll of Chestertown had Washington’s goal, which produced a tie in the 50th minute.
Senior Courtney Mellon scored both goals for the Seahawks, who were outshot, 10-7.
Freshman Gabrielle Corder of Sudlersville, the reigning North Bayside Conference player of the year, has started all eight games at midfield for 4-4 St. Mary’s. She is a 2018 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School.
NOTE: Senior goalie Elizabeth Collyer of Rock Hall, a graduate of Kent County High School, has appeared in three games this season (with one start) for McDaniel. Overall, she has appeared in 23 games with eight starts.
Washington senior Nicole Schroyer draws a host of McDaniel defenders in the first half of Saturday’s conference field hockey game in Chestertown. She was an all-state midfielder for Kent Island High School.