Play­off bid ends with 3-2 loss in reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale

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CHESTERTOWN — A mid-sea­son surge was enough to keep Wash­ing­ton’s field hockey team in the hunt for a Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment berth un­til the fi­nal game of the reg­u­lar sea­son, but Muh­len­berg spoiled it all by ral­ly­ing for a 3-2 vic­tory Satur­day.

The Shore ladies twice led by a goal and took a 2-1 lead into the break cour­tesy of Clare Inger­soll’s unas­sisted tally in the 25th minute.

Se­nior Stephi Ry­d­gren scored twice in the span of 13 min­utes, 39 sec­onds in the sec­ond half for the Mules, who al­ready had se­cured the No. 4 seed in the Cen­ten­nial tour­na­ment.

Muh­len­berg (9-7 over­all) im­proved to 8-2 in the con­fer­ence.

Wash­ing­ton’s loss opened the door for Dick­in­son, which up­set Get­tys­burg, 2-1, Satur­day to gain the fi­nal berth in the five-school tour­na­ment.

Muhelnberg hosted Dick­in­son (6-11, 5-5 CC) yes­ter­day in the play-in game.

The win­ner trav­els to top seed and de­fend­ing con­fer­ence cham­pion Franklin and Mar­shall (152, 9-1 CC), while Johns Hop­kins (15-2, 9-1 CC) and Ursi­nus (12-5, 8-2 CC) will face off in the other semi­fi­nal.

No. 10 F&M de­feated No. 11 Hop­kins, 2-0, Satur­day to gain home field for the semi­fi­nal and fi­nal rounds Nov. 3-4.

Wash­ing­ton’s women fin­ished 4-14, with all four wins com­ing in con­fer­ence play. They dropped their fi­nal six games of the sea­son.

The Mules, mean­time, ex­tended their win streak to five games. All nine of their wins are by one goal.

De­spite a 14-2 ad­van­tage in shots, Muh­len­berg trailed 2-1 at in­ter­mis­sion.

Ry­d­gren scored the equal­izer off a re­bound in the 47th minute and net­ted what held up as the gamewin­ner in the 61st minute.

Ju­nior Jor­dan Se­grave made her lone save of the af­ter­noon with 2:10 re­main­ing to pre­serve the 3-2 lead.

Wash­ing­ton’s goals were scored by the only two au­then­tic Shore ladies on the ros­ter.

A blast from just in­side the cir­cle from se­nior Ni­cole Shroyer of Stevensville, on the first shot of the game, gave Wash­ing­ton a 1-0 lead with only 2 min­utes, 41 sec­onds elapsed.

Muh­len­berg drew even in the 23rd minute on Rachel Richards’ put­back of a re­bound.

Chestertown’s Clare Inger­soll re­stored the lo­cals’ lead in the 25th minute when she swat­ted in a loose ball in front of the cage.

Muh­len­berg fin­ished with a 20-7 edge in shots.

Wash­ing­ton’s Mor­gan Do­man­ico had eight saves. Emily Pan­tazes and Olivia Auer each had a de­fen­sive save.

Do­man­ico had a ca­reer-best 13 saves and Pan­tazes had two de­fen­sive saves Oct. 24 in a 2-1 over­time loss at Ursi­nus.

Devon Car­roll scored the golden goal for the No. 19-ranked Bears with 2:41 elapsed in the 7-on-7 ex­tra pe­riod. The win­ning goal was scored off a penalty cor­ner.

Ursi­nus took the first 12 shots of the night be­fore Schroyer got off the first shot for Wash­ing­ton in the 19th minute.

Af­ter nine more Ursi­nus shots, Shroyer took Wash­ing­ton’s sec­ond shot, which pro­duced the first goal of the game.

Wash­ing­ton took a 1-0 lead with 36 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first half when Inger­soll found Schroyer sprint­ing down the right side.

Ursi­nus would get three more shots and two penalty cor­ners af­ter time ex­pired.

Do­man­ico turned away an Erin Say­bolt shot to end the first half.

The Bears trailed 1-0 de­spite their 24-2 ad­van­tage in shots.

Say­bolt scored the ty­ing goal in the 40th minute — on Ursi­nus’ first shot of the sec­ond half and 25th of the game — when she tipped in a pass from Gemma Du- foe.

In the 58th minute, Say­bolt beat Do­man­ico but could not beat Pan­tazes, who was cred­ited with a de­fen­sive save.

Pan­tazes had a sec­ond de­fen­sive save 1:07 into the sud­den­vic­tory pe­riod.

The Bears took the fi­nal 13 shots of the game, fin­ish­ing with a 37-4 ad­van­tage. They also led 23-2 in penalty cor­ners.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Se­nior Clare Inger­soll of Chestertown is greeted by her Wash­ing­ton Col­lege team­mates dur­ing player in­tro­duc­tions. Her goal in the 25th minute Satur­day gave Wash­ing­ton a 2-1 lead.

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