Playoff window closing for Shore hockey

CHESTERTOWN — Samantha McMahon buried a shot in the back of the cage with less than a minute elapsed for a promising 1-0 start to Washington’s field hockey game here Oct. 18 against Bryn Mawr.

But the locals were shut out the rest of the way on just four shots as their guests rallied for a 2-1 win in Centennial Conference action.

While the Owls were the visitors, they had a fair share of supporters because one of their own — junior captain Kate Ervin — grew up near Millington and was a triple-threat athlete at Kent County High School.

Ervin contributed two shots (back-to-back in the 44th minute) to the barrage of 19 that Bryn Mawr launched.

Bryn Mawr led 11-1 in shots on frame, and 19-5 overall.

While all the scoring was done before intermission, it was in the second half that Bryn Mawr dominated in both time of possession and scoring opportunities.

The game was most one-sided in the third quarter, when the Owls led 9-0 in shots and 3-0 in penalty corners.

Looking to halt a two-game losing streak, Washington (7-8, 3-5 CC) came out fired up and scored almost instantly off that emotion when McMahon intercepted a clearing attempt by Bryn Mawr and slid in a shot into the left side of the cage with only 57 seconds gone.

That would be Washington’s only shot on goal.

Bryn Mawr (9-6, 4-4 CC) deadlocked at 1-1 in the 14th minute on the first of Charlotte Hauptman’s two goals, this time cashing in on a cross from Sophie Vagts.

The Owls’ fifth shot on goal produced what held up to be the winning goal.

In the 28th minute, Hazel Miller took a shot off a penalty corner inserted by Annick van Blerkom. Washington’s Charlotte Schurman (nine saves) kicked away Miller’s shot, but Nova Goegeluk gathered in the deflection and set up Hauptman for the go-ahead goal.

The loss to Bryn Mawr started an 0-2 week for the Shore ladies, who were defeated Saturday at Muhlenberg, 3-0. This was after they sat on a bus for hours snarled in traffic. The scheduled 1 p.m. start was delayed until 6 p.m.

Washington has lost four games in a row. There are two games remaining in the regular season, both against Centennial Conference foes.

WC most likely is going to need help if it is to secure a spot in the six-team CC playoff tournament.

The good news is that Washington finishes out the season at home: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 vs. No. 21-ranked Swarthmore (10-5, 6-2) and 1 p.m. Saturday against Gettysburg (5-9, 2-7).

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