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