Stafford Scores Only Goal in First-Ever Win Over Diplomats
LANCASTER, PA -- Freshman Jen Stafford (Lake George, NY/Berkshire School, MA) scored the game's only goal as visiting Washington College snapped a 31-game Centennial Conference losing streak with a 1-0 overtime win over host Franklin & Marshall this afternoon in Lancaster, PA. The win was the Shorewomen's first-ever over the Diplomats, who had held an 11-0 advantage in the all-time series. Washington improved to 5-2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play with the win, while the Diplomats fell to 2-7 and 0-2 with the loss.
The two teams combined for a total of just four shots in the first half, with the Diplomats recording three of those. The second half featured more offense as F&M held a 6-3 advantage in shots in the period, but it was Washington which would get off the last shot in regulation when freshman Kira Pancotti (Briarcliff Manor, NY/Briarcliff) had a shot saved by F&M goalkeeper Katie Golding at the 87:05 mark.
Washington freshman Ainsley Boynton (Radnor, PA/Westtown School) took the first shot of the overtime period, but the ball came back out off Golding and Stafford collected the rebound and put in the game-winner at 97:23.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tori Ripple (Baltimore, MD/John Carroll) made four saves in the win for the Shorewomen, while Golding made two for F&M. The Diplomats held a 9-6 advantage in shots in the game, but the Shorewomen recorded the final four of the contest.
Washington's last Centennial Conference win was a 3-2 double-overtime victory over McDaniel on October 29, 2005.
The Shorewomen return to action Tuesday with a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game at Swarthmore.