College roundup: Shore netters at home sweep in-state rivals

CHESTER, Pa. — Washington College halted a three-game losing streak in field hockey — all to nationally ranked opponents — to even its record at 3-3 with Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Widener.

Sophomore forward/midfielder Brynn Balliet scored what held up as the winning goal in the 32nd minute; senior forward Alexis Tackney was credited with the assist.

Balliet scored on the Shore ladies’ only shot of the third quarter. With 1 minute, 53 seconds elapsed, Tackney’s pass from outside the circle was redirected by Balliet from about 7 yards out. The scoring play began with Washington’s interception of a Widener free hit.

Widener’s only shot on goal in the game came in the 37th minute when Olivia Deysher was denied by Shore freshman net-minder Charlotte Schurman.

Overall, Washington led 8-4 in shots and 8-1 in penalty corners.

This was the first meeting between the non-conference foes since 2000.

Washington returns home 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 against Gwynedd Mercy. First-year Shore coach Alex Calder will face off against her former team. She was hired by Washington in July after spending the previous three years with Gwynedd Mercy.

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CHESTERTOWN — In its first action at home, Washington volleyball swept in-state rivals St. Mary’s and Notre Dame of Maryland on Saturday to improve to 3-7.
Against St. Mary’s, Washington was led by Giselle Kleinbussink (12 kills, hit .417 and two blocks), Allison McKechnie (20 assists), Raegan Moran (14 assists), Logan Kenny (three aces) and Victoria Kile (career-best 22 digs).

As a team, the locals hit .275, totaled four blocks and served up nine aces.

Set scores were 25-16, 25-21 and 25-18.

Washington had 12 aces and nine blocks and hit .343 in the sweep of Notre Dame. Leading the way were Chelsea Elliott (eight kills, career-best five blocks, hit .636), McKechnie (11 assists), Moran (10 assists and 10 digs) and Jordan Fairchild (personal-best nine aces),

Set scores were 25-13, 25-9 and 25-13.

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CARLISLE, Pa. — Dickinson defeated visiting Washington in the first Centennial Conference women’s soccer match of the season for both schools, 2-0, Saturday.

Sophomore keeper Hailey Sharpe (four saves) kept the home team off the board until the 78th minute, when Lila Brown netted what held up to be the winning goal.

Lexie Greene salted away the win when she converted a penalty kick in the 85th minute.

Dickinson moved to 5-1 on the season, while Washington slipped to 2-2-1.

The sides played to a scoreless tie at halftime. A lot of the credit should be given to Sharpe, who made three saves to offset Dickinson’s 7-0 advantage in shots.

The Shore ladies took their first shot 42 seconds into the second half, though Kayla Streett’s offering was wide right and did not require a save by Sophia Kavulich.

The score remained nil-nil until 77 minutes, 53 seconds elapsed when Bridget Merkel had a shot turned away by Sharpe that resulted in a corner. On the ensuing kick, Emily Dunkel found the head of Brown who nodded the ball into the net.

Washington would record the final shot of the match in the 88th minute, but Bridget Whiteside’s attempt was wide left.

Dickinson finished with 15 shots, six on target, and forced seven corner kicks.

Washington had three shots, all in the second half. Kavulich was not required to make a save to preserve the clean sheet.

Washington continues its Centennial Conference schedule 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at home against Bryn Mawr.

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