Ervin, Bryn Mawr field hockey here today at Washington

CHESTERTOWN — Former Kent County High School triple-threat athlete Reba Kate Ervin is coming home today, and she’s bringing her Bryn Mawr College field hockey teammates.

Ervin, who is known locally as “Kate,” grew up near Millington and was the outstanding female athlete in the KCHS Class of 2021.

She’s a starter on a Bryn Mawr team that in the preseason coaches poll was projected to finish second — after advancing to the championship game for the first time ever in 2022 — in the 11-school Centennial Conference.

The Owls are 2-4 in the CC and have hit the crunch part of their season, with only four games remaining, if they are going to return to the conference tournament.

Desperate may be too strong a word, but they need a win today at Washington College as the season is quickly coming to an end.

Washington, meantime, is in a more favorable position — 3-3 in conference games with an opportunity to tighten its grip on a playoff berth with a win today.

Both teams are 7-6 overall.

They will meet at 5 p.m. on the Kibler pitch of Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium, Chestertown. Admission is free.

Recent history favors Bryn Mawr, which is 3-0 in the last three games of the series.

Last year, the Owls at home dismantled the Shore ladies, 8-2, with Ervin scoring four goals as a one-player wrecking crew.

She played more of a defensive midfielder role at the start of this season, but from what we’re hearing she’s now part of the attack.

Ervin has appeared in 12 games, all starts. The one game she missed was for a family member’s wedding. Her line includes one goal (on seven shots) and one assist. Her 683 minutes are fourth most on the team.

Bryn Mawr comes to Chestertown on the heels of a 2-1 loss to No. 3 ranked Johns Hopkins, the four-time defending Centennial champion and 2022 national runner-up.

On Saturday, the Blue Jays (12-1, 6-0 CC) spotted the Owls the first goal, but came back to level the score at 1-all before halftime and netted what held up to be the game-winner with just under two minutes to play.

Washington is coming off losses during the week at Hopkins, 5-1, and Dickinson,  2-1.

By the way, Bryn Mawr also has been beaten by Dickinson by a goal, 1-0.

In the WC-Dickinson game on Saturday, the host Red Devils (6-6, 4-2 CC) led 2-0 at halftime on goals in the fifth and 19th minutes.  

Washington broke through on Brynn Balliet’s tally with 7 minutes, 2 seconds remaining. Alexis Tackney had the assist with a pass from the top of the circle.

Balliet’s goal — her team-leading seventh of the season — was on the last shot of the game for either side.


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