Mules Edge Shorewomen in Regular Season Finale, 2-1

Mules Edge Shorewomen in Regular Season Finale, 2-1

Washington To Host Either Dickinson or Haverford on Tuesday or Wednesday In First Round of CC Tournament

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Stephi Rydgren deflected in the game-winning goal with 2:33 remaining in the second half on a pass from Emily Davis to give host Muhlenberg a 2-1 win over visiting Washington College in a Centennial Conference field hockey game on Friday night on Frank Marino Field at Scotty Wood Stadium.  The Shorewomen will host either Haverford or Dickinson on Tuesday or Wednesday at a time to be determined on Monday.  Washington (9-8 overall, 6-4 Centennial) will host Dickinson if Haverford loses to Swarthmore tomorrow afternoon or Haverford if Haverford downs Swarthmore.  The Mules finish their season 7-9 overall and 5-5 in the conference.

Muhlenberg 2 Washington College 1

How It Happened
- The Mules took a 1-0 lead 10:03 into the game as Laura Holdman tipped home a pass from Davis following a failed clear by the Shorewomen off of a penalty corner.
- Muhlenberg almost took a 2-0 lead with about 13 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but Courtney Allen's shot was ruled to be too high.
- Washington would get its first shot of the game with 8:46 left in the first by Kailyn Brandt, but her shot was turned away by Muhlenberg goalie Emma Rosenthal.  It was the team's lone shot of the opening 35 minutes as the hosts took the game's first six shots.
- Rachel Richards took the final shot of the half for Muhlenberg, but her shot with 1:37 remaining was stopped by Shorewomen goalie Morgan Domanico.
- The Shorewomen evened the game 9:47 into the second half when Brandt gathered a loose ball in the middle of the circle and placed her shot into the back of the cage to tie the game at 1-1.
- Brandt took Washington's last shot with 8:49 to go, but it was blocked by a Muhlenberg defender. 
- The Mules winning tally came via a penalty corner.  Off the corner, Holdman found Davis and Davis' pass from the left side was tipped home by Rydgren to give the Mules a one-goal lead.
- WC could not muster a shot in the final 2:33 and Muhlenberg held on for the win. 

For The Shorewomen (9-8, 6-4 CC)
- Scorer: Brandt (goal)
- Goalkeeper: Domanico (10 saves, 2 goals allowed, 70:00)
- Washington had four shots and four penalty corners in the contest.

For Muhlenberg (7-9, 5-5 CC)
- Scorers: Davis (two assists), Holdman (goal), Rydgren (goal)
- Goalkeeper: Rosenthal (2 saves, 1 goals allowed, 70:00)
- The Mules had 15 shots and 13 penalty corners in the game.

Notes
- Domanico had her third double digit save performance of the season as she had four in the first half and six in the second half.  She had a career-best 12 at Lynchburg on September 2 and had 11 stops at #3 Salisbury on September 13.
- Brandt took all four of WC's shots in the game, three of which were on goal.
- The Shorewomen are in the conference tournament for the 10th time in tournament's 18-year history.  Prior to this season, the Shorewomen qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
- WC beat Dickinson (October 7) and Haverford (October 11) both on the road and by the score of 3-2 in overtime.  Olivia Auer scored the golden goal at Dickinson and Nicole Schroyer tallied the walk-off score at Haverford.
- The Shorewomen are 2-4 in the conference tournament's first round game.  Washington beat Dickinson in 2008 and Gettysburg in 2010, while falling to Gettysburg in 2004, Haverford in 2011, Ursinus in 2012 and Johns Hopkins in 2014.  The 2008 game versus Dickinson was the team's only home contest in the six first round contests.
- Washington's games against the other seven teams that finished in the top eight of the conference were all decided by one goal and the scores were either 2-1 or 3-2.

Up Next
10/31 or 11/1 v. Dickinson or Haverford - TBD (Centennial Conference Tournament First Round)
- Dickinson will travel to Washington College on Wednesday if Haverford loses to Swarthmore tomorrow afternoon.  If Haverford beats Swarthmore, Haverford will visit Washington on Wednesday.
- It will be Washington's first conference tournament home game since a 3-1 win over Dickinson in the first round on November 5, 2008.
- If Johns Hopkins beats Franklin & Marshall tomorrow, the first round game will be on Tuesday.  If F&M tops Johns Hopkins, the game will be on Wednesday.  The two teams play tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.  This is due to Johns Hopkins hosting the conference tournaments for men's and women's soccer too in addition to also hosting a football game on Saturday, November 4.