October 9, 2009

#13 Blue Jays Edge Shorewomen, 1-0

Nicholoff Becomes WC's All-Time Saves Leader

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Jenn Motylinski scored the game's only goal with 1:43 seconds remaining to give visiting 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins a 1-0 Centennial Conference field hockey win over host Washington College tonight on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Blue Jays improved to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play with the win, while the Shorewomen fell to 6-6 and 3-2. Senior goalkeeper Elena Nicholoff (Tunkhannock, PA/Lackawanna Trail) became Washington's all-time leader in career saves in the loss.

Johns Hopkins held a 7-3 advantage in a scoreless first half. Nicholoff made her school record-breaking 523rd career save with 9:51 remaining in the period. She finished with six in the game to up her career total to 526.

Motylinski's goal came when she tipped in a blast from outside the circle delivered by Liane Tellier. Neither team got off a shot following the game-winner.

Sophia Tieu made a pair of saves in the win for Hopkins, who finished with a 13-6 advantage in shots and an 8-4 edge in penalty corners. Sophomore defender Brittany Palasik (Severna Park, MD/Archbishop Spalding) made a defensive save to aid Nicholoff's efforts.

The Shorewomen's school record for career saves was previously held by All-American Toby (Wilmet) Wiedenmayer '01, who finished her career with 522. Wiedenmayer is the younger sister of current Washington College head field hockey coach Rachel Boyle. Wiedenmayer and Boyle both attended the same high school as Nicholoff - Lackawanna Trail in Pennsylvania.

The Shorewomen return to action one week from today with a 3:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game at Gettysburg.