9-0 run in second half seals Washington victory in lacrosse opener

CHESTERTOWN — In sports lingo, the women’s lacrosse game here Saturday afternoon is what is called wire-to-wire, i.e., the winner maintained the lead throughout.

The Shore ladies led from start to finish and ultimately trounced their guests from Drew, 23-11 — though the wire-to-wire descriptor wasn’t assured until a run of nine unanswered goals that bridged the third and fourth quarters produced a 21-9 cushion with 11 minutes, 46 seconds remaining.

This was the season opener for both schools.

It also was the debut for Washington head coach Meghan Keelan Lewis.

Sophomores attackers Piper Evans (Queen Anne’s County High School) and Mia Salvatierra (Fallston) scored four goals apiece for the Shore ladies, who received two or more goals from each of seven players.

Sophomore midfielder MaryCate Anson won 10 draw controls, one shy of the program record shared by teammate Abby Laubach ‘24 and first-team All-American Emily Hubley ’15.

Washington led in all offensive categories, including shots, 46-23; draw controls, 27-8; and free-position shots, 7-of-12.

Junior keeper McKenna Seashole was credited with nine saves. She also was making her Washington College debut after appearing in 21 games over two seasons for York College.

Washington dented the scoreboard less than two minutes in on Salvatierra’s free-position goal and never trailed, but Drew, which got four goals from senior attacker Lizzy Barrett and two more from senior midfielder Mary Kate Davidson in the first half, hung in there for about 38 minutes.

The Rangers scored two of the first three goals of the second half, closing to 12-9 on Ella Champigny’s free-position shot with 7:12 remaining in the third quarter.

Washington responded in a big way, scoring seven unanswered goals to close out the third quarter and two more to start the final frame.

Salvatierra started the game-turning run with a free-position goal with just under six and a half minutes remaining in the third.

Her fourth goal of the afternoon, just ahead of the horn to end the quarter, produced Washington’s first double-digit lead at 19-9.

Washington received hat tricks from Ashley Devlin, Anna Wilson and Anson; two goals apiece from Laubach and Morgan Sutherland; and single scores from Malery Andrews and Elisabeth Braswell.

Devlin also had two assists, bringing her career total to 97 points.

Laubach’s man-up goal off a pass from Sutherland gave the locals a 12-8 lead 6:45 into the second half, and proved to be the winning goal.

NEXT UP: The Shore ladies travel to St. Mary’s on Wednesday, Feb. 21 for another non-conference game. They are not home again until Feb. 28.

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