Alex Calder’s debut as Washington College’s field hockey coach

OWINGS MILLS — Sophomore Brynn Balliet’s goal in the 53rd minute of Friday’s game here broke a scoreless tie and made a winner of Alex Calder in her debut as Washington College’s field hockey coach.

The Shore ladies drove away from Stevenson University with a 1-0 victory in a game that was not that closely contested.

Washington outshot its host, 14-3, with 12 shots on frame.

All three of the Mustangs’ shots were taken in the opening quarter.

Stevenson senior net-minder Eve Vickery made five of her 11 saves in the first 15 minutes.

Balliet finally solved Vickery with 7 minutes, 6 seconds remaining. Classmate Faye Dorman was credited with the assist.

Freshman Charlotte Schurman, who also was making her Washington College debut, was required to make only one save to net the win.

Washington is 2-0 after the first week, taking its home opener Sunday, 1-0, against DePauw.

Despite the 11 a.m. start, the conditions were not player-friendly as the sun beat down on the artificial turf at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium and the air temperature was in the mid-90s.

This was another lopsided contest, with the locals enjoying a 26-3 advantage in shots.

Only one of the Tigers’ shots was on target, and that came in the 45th minute.

In the opening quarter, Washington outshot its guest, 8-1. Sophomore midfielder MaryCate Anson’s strike in the 13th minute found the back of the cage and held up as the game-winner.

By halftime, the Shore ladies led 15-1 in shots.

Washington had two goals called back in the second half because the shots were taken from outside the circle.

Schurman and sophomore Catherine Parker (one save) each played 30 minutes.

Washington will face its first real test on Wednesday night, Sept. 6 when No. 4-ranked Salisbury travels to Chestertown. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Sea Gulls are 2-0, having outscored their collective opponents, 15-1.

Washington and Salisbury have a common opponent in DePauw.

Salisbury opened the season Friday with an 8-0 rout of DePauw, scoring twice in the span of 22 seconds to build a 2-0 lead less than two minutes underway. The tally was 5-0 at intermission.

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