Shore athletes sweep on Saturday; historic wins in field hockey and soccer

CHESTERTOWN — It was Hall of Fame Weekend on The Hill, and the current crop of Sho’men athletes put on a show for the alumni.

Washington’s field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer teams were victorious at home on Saturday, each winning by shutout. The wins were especially significant because they came against Centennial Conference rivals.

But let’s start off with the volleyball team, which swept host Albright in an out-of-conference match, 3-0.

Set scores were 25-22, 25-17, 25-18.

Washington improved to 6-11 on the season.

For the winners, Giselle Kleinbussink and Angelina Schaber totaled 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Allison McKechnie contributed 12 assists and 14 digs, and Raegan Moran served up three aces. 

NEXT UP: Washington is home against conference rival Haverford at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.

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CHESTERTOWN — Zoe Shevitz’s goal in the 11th minute held up as the game winner and Samantha McMahon tacked on the insurance goal in the 14th minute as Washington held off No. 16-ranked Ursinus, 2-0, in field hockey.

This was Washington’s first win by shutout over Ursinus, and only the second win ever in the series.

This also was Washington’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2011.

The locals, under first-year head coach Alex Calder, are 3-1 in the Centennial and 7-4 overall.

They would get all the scoring they needed with 10 minutes, 43 seconds elapsed when Shevitz received a short pass from Kendal Thomson and blasted a shot from the top of the circle into the left side of the cage.

About three minutes later, McMahon made it 2-0 after she gathered in a pass from Brynn Balliet and poked in a shot from close range. Balliet redirected a pass from Faye Dorman, who had sent the ball into the circle. 

Charlotte Schurman made four saves in the win.

Washington led 11-9 in shots, though each side had four shots on frame.

Ursinus (7-4, 3-2 CC) led 7-5 in penalty corners.

NEXT UP: Washington travels to No. 3 -ranked Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The Blue Jays (10-1) are 4-0 in conference games and favored to win their fifth straight Centennial crown.

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CHESTERTOWN — Senior forward/midfielder Audrey Flanagan scored two goals and assisted on the other as Washington dropped Haverford, 3-0, in women’s soccer.

It’s been a lopsided series, with Washington having been winless in the previous 24 matches. There had been 21 losses and three scoreless ties (in 2019, ’21 and ’22).

Flanagan scored what held up to be the winning goal with just 27 seconds elapsed.

The Shore ladies (5-3-3) moved to 2-2-1 in the conference.

Tom Reilly is in his seventh year as head coach.

Flanagan’s first goal was set up by Emily Morris’ pass from near midfield that she tracked down before taking a shot from the 18. 

This was Washington’s first score against Haverford since 2004.

In the 48th minute, Flanagan carried the ball down the left side and crossed to Bridget Whiteside, whose shot from about 5 yards out found the upper right corner for a 2-0 lead.

Flanagan added insurance in the 62nd minute when she received a long pass from Grace Morris and chipped in a shot from about 25 yards out.

Hailey Sharpe made five saves in the clean sheet.

NEXT UP: The Shore ladies are at McDaniel on Oct. 11.

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CHESTERTOWN — Washington defeated Haverford in men’s soccer, 1-0, on sophomore forward Shepherd Koffie’s goal in the seventh minute, to move to the top of the Centennial Conference standings at 4-0-1.

They are unbeaten in 12 matches, but that includes five ties.

Koffie scored 6 minutes, 50 seconds into the match on a  shot from about 15 yards out on the right side, outside of the box, that whizzed over the head of keeper Dylan Ioffreda and landed in the opposite side of the net.

Chris Comber nearly made it 2-0 in the 54th minute on a header off of a free kick, but Ioffreda made the stop from about 8 yards out. 

Haverford’s best chance to draw even came in the 89th minute off a free kick by Tomas Ascoli that was saved by Anthony Pinto.  The Fords (2-3-7, 0-2-3 CC) earned a corner kick off the save, but could not generate a shot before time expired.

Washington’s 4-0-1 Centennial start is the best in program history.

Roy Dunshee has been the coach since 2012.

According to Washington’s sports information department, the 7-0-5 start is the deepest point in the season that WC has been unbeaten. The 1972 squad was 11-1 after 12 matches. The 1947 team went undefeated, but played only eight matches.

NEXT UP: Washington’s men are at King’s College on Wednesday night, Oct. 11 for their final non-conference match of the season.

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