Washington defeats conference foe McDaniel one-on-one

WESTMINSTER — Natalie Watkinson maneuvered around net-minder Lora Scarangello to set up a shot from the right side of the circle that would hold up as the golden goal here Wednesday night, Sept. 27 when Washington rallied to defeat host McDaniel, 2-1, in Centennial Conference field hockey action.

This was the first collegiate goal for Watkinson, though it doesn’t show up in her line. It’s considered a team goal because it was scored in the equivalent of triple overtime — a round of 1v1s, what previously was a round of penalty strokes, to break a tie.

Watkinson is a freshman defender/midfielder from Princess Anne who helped Washington High School dethrone Kent Island for the Bayside Conference crown in 2022.

She has appeared in eight games for the Shore ladies, with two starts. 

She came off the bench to start the second quarter of the Sept. 27 game, with McDaniel already staked to a 1-0 lead.

Watkinson was one of only four substitutes that Washington (5-4) called upon in this game.

The shoot-out victory pushed the Shore ladies to the plus side of .500 and evened their conference record at 1-1.

Washington opened its Centennial slate Sept. 23 with a 2-1 loss at Franklin & Marshall.

Sophomore forward/midfielder Brynn Balliet helped the Shore ladies avert an 0-2 start in conference play when she scored from about 8 yards out with only 53 seconds remaining in regulation.

Balliet redirected MaryCate Anson’s pass from outside the circle into the lower right corner of the cage — for her team-leading fifth goal of the season — to deadlock at 1-1 and send the game into extra time.

McDaniel (2-7, 0-3 CC), picked to finish last in the 11-school conference, shook things up early by taking a 1-0 lead just 4 minutes, 9 seconds in on a Tori McArthur penalty stroke.

Washington led 5-3 in shots in the first quarter and 9-3 by halftime, but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.

Anson had Washington’s only shot of the third quarter, off a penalty corner inserted by Kendal Thomson, with just 25 seconds remaining.

It was looking like McDaniel was going to pull off an early-season upset until the Anson-to-Balliet score inside the final minute of regulation.

Balliet re-entered the game with 49:30 elapsed. She took the first of her two fourth-quarter shots at 58:03. Sixty-four seconds later, she solved Scarangello to extend the game.

In the first 10-minute sudden-victory period, Washington had all four shots — including shots on frame by Faye Dorman and Anson.

McDaniel’s only shot in extra time came about five minutes into the second OT period when Yeseniah Ortiz  was denied by Washington keeper Charlotte Schurman.

Washington had three shots in the second extra period, the last of which was by Watkinson with 1:18 to go and saved by Scarangello.

In overtime, play is 7-on-7 with each team sending out six field players and a goalie.

The 1v1 “shoot-out” replaces a round of five penalty strokes to break a tie.

The attacker begins on the 25-yard line and has 10 seconds against the opposing goalie (who begins on the goal line) to move the ball into the circle, take a shot and any follow-up shots as time permits..

The play ends when: there is a foul or violation by the attacker; 10 seconds has elapsed; a goal is scored; or the ball goes over the end line or sideline.

Watkinson was the only player for either team to score in the 1v1s. 

The order for Washington was Dorman, Watkinson, Zoe Shevitz and Alexis Tackney.

Washington did not need its fifth attempt.

The teams alternately tried to score and defend.

For McDaniel, which went first, the order was Tenley Pelot, Emma Legacy, Reagan Cushman, McArthur and Ortiz.

To seal the win, Schurman (four saves) kicked the ball away from Ortiz and then time expired.

Washington finished with 22 shots (just seven on frame, though) and a season high of 18 penalty corners.

McDaniel had six shots (five on frame) and seven corners.

Washington defeated McDaniel for the seventh straight time, is 9-1 in their last 10 meetings and leads the series, 20-18.

NOTES: Balliet has started all nine games for Washington’s field hockey team.

A two-sport athlete, Balliet (10-7, 3.10 ERA) was the ace of Washington’s pitching staff in 2022 as a freshman. She appeared in 22 games with 21 starts for a total of 122 innings.

She ranked third in the conference in complete games (11) and fifth in wins.

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