Washington College Holds Off Women's Lax, 9-6
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Despite a valiant comeback attempt in the second half spurred by four goals from junior Annalise Penikis, the Swarthmore College women's lacrosse team (10-5, 4-4 CC) was defeated by the Washington College Shorewomen (9-5, 5-3 CC) by a score of 9-6 on Tuesday evening in Chestertown.
Swarthmore fell behind by 6-1 at the half, but mounted a spirited rally thanks to four Penikis goals over a seven-minute stretch of the second half. Hoping to make the Centennial playoffs for the first time since 2006, the Garnet now must win at rival Haverford on Saturday to reach the postseason.
The Shorewomen were dominant throughout the first half of play, scoring the first three goals to build a 3-0 lead 15 minutes into the game
Martin was able to score in the 17th minute to cut Washington's lead to two, but the Shorewomen went on to score three more goals to head into the half ahead 6-1.
In the second half, the Garnet showed more fire. Sommi started things off with an unassisted goal less than two minute in, but Washington found the back of the net minutes later to lead 7-2.
Penikis proceeded to add two goals just a minute apart to make the score 7-4 in favor of the Shorewomen.Washington was able to score off of a free position shot, but Penikis answered with two more goals to narrow the Shorewomen's lead to just two (8-6) with about 13 minutes left to play.
But the back of the net was elusive for the Garnet in the final 10 minute of play, as the Shorewomen added one more tally and held on for the critical 9-6 win.
Garnet goalie sophomore Michelle Ammerman finished the game with 10 saves and Washington goalie Stephanie Seibert finished the game with 11 saves.
Swarthmore's big game against Haverford is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m on Saturday.