Bears Battle Back for 2-1 Win Over Shorewomen

Bears Battle Back for 2-1 Win Over Shorewomen

Ritchey Scores Penalty-Stroke Goal for Shorewomen

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Visiting Ursinus College scored twice in the second half to rally for a 2-1 Centennial Conference field hockey win over host Washington College this evening on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Bears locked up a first-round bye in the five-team Centennial Conference Tournament with the win, advancing directly to the semifinals. The loss, meanwhile, locks the Shorewomen into the fourth seed in the tournament and they will host the lone first-round game.

Ursinus 2, Washington College 1

How It Happened
- Gabriella Howell had a shot on goal with 30:48 left in the first half, but it was turned away by Washington goalkeeper Morgan Domanico.
- Less than two minutes after Howell's shot on goal, Washington's Michaela Conners sent a well-placed pass to Grace Steele in front of the cage. Steele had a shot saved by Ursinus goalkeeper Jules Singer, but Singer was called for an infraction that led to a Washington stroke. Megan Ritchey came into the game to take the stroke and sent the ball over Singer's right shoulder for the 1-0 lead.
- That was the last shot for either team in the first half as each finish with two a piece in the period. The Bears recorded five penalty corners later in the half, but could not muster a shot on any of them.
- The Bears came out firing in the second half, putting seven shots on goal in the first 6:15 of the half. Domanico turned away six of those and Courtney Rainey made a big defensive save on a shot by Bridget Sherry with 29:39 remaining.
- Ursinus tied the score with 23:49 left as Maria DiCioccio sent a ball into the middle of the circle that was quickly finished by Kayla Paulson.
- Paulson also scored the game-winner, this time putting home a ball sent just off the far post from Devon Carroll, with 9:47 remaining. Carroll's pass went through a cluster of players from both teams before reaching Paulson.
- The Shorewomen were awarded a penalty corner with seconds remaining and had a shot by Kailyn Brandt illegally blocked by a defender and were awarded another corner after time expired. The Shorewomen's Maggie Cancelmo sent a rocket of a shot from just inside the circle off the far post during the second corner and Ursinus was able to clear the ball out of play and end the game. 

For the Shorewomen (9-7, 6-3 Centennial Conference)
- Scorers: Ritchey (goal)
- Goalkeeper: Domanico (9 saves, 2 goals allowed, 70:00)

For Ursinus (9-7, 7-2 Centennial Conference)
- Scorers: Paulson (2 goals), Carroll (assist), DiCioccio (assist)
- Goalkeeper: Jules Singer (1 save, 1 goal allowed, 70:00)
- The Bears held a 14-5 advantage in shots and an 11-5 advantage in penalty corners in the game. 

Notes
- Ursinus and Washington each have one regular-season game remaining. The Bears will play Bryn Mawr on Saturday, while the Shorewomen head to Muhlenberg Friday night.
- Ursinus will play the loser of Saturday's Franklin & Marshall-Johns Hopkins regular-season finale in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Tournament on November 4th. The winner of the F&M-Hopkins game will be the tournament's top seed and will host the semifinals and championship. The championship is scheduled for November 5th.
- The Shorewomen will host either Gettysburg, Dickinson, or Haverford in the tournament's first round game on Wednesday, November 1st. Gettysburg can lock up the fifth seed in the tournament with a win over Dickinson Friday. If Dickinson beats Gettysburg and Haverford loses to Swarthmore on Saturday, Dickinson would be the fifth seed. If Dickinson beats Gettysburg and Haverford beats Swarthmore, Gettysburg will be the fifth seed unless Muhlenberg defeats the Shorewomen on Friday - then Haverford would be the fifth seed.
- Rainey was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game.

Up Next for the Shorewomen
10/27 @ Muhlenberg - 7:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)