Shafer Propels Seahawks Rally over Shorewomen

St. Mary's City, Md. Junior attacker Emily Shafer (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown) netted the eventual game-winning goal with 3:29 left in regulation to lift St. Mary's to a 10-9 non-conference victory over visiting Washington College in the Seahawks' home-opener Wednesday afternoon.

Shafer gave the Seahawks (2-3) a two-goal cushion with her unassisted tally following a Washington turnover. The Shorewomen's sophomore midfielder Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, Md./Towson) made it a one-goal game with under a minute remaining as Eisenbrandt completed a feed from junior midfielder Mollie Shipley (Denville, N.J./Morris Catholic).

Washington (1-1) won the ensuing draw control at 00:53 and the Shorewomen were able to fire off two shots. Senior attacker Kalli Parrish's (Timonium, Md./McDonogh School) shot at 00:28 sailed above the goal. The Shorewomen retained possession allowing junior attacker Corrine Ziccardi (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) to take her team's final shot with eight seconds on the clock which senior goalkeeper Colleen Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) solidly denied with one of her nine second-half saves.

Shafer finished as St. Mary's scoring leader with two goals and an assist while senior attackers Melissa Mayer (Crofton, Md./South River) and Lauren Bennett (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) and first-year defender Paige Decker (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) each scored twice. Junior midfielder Lauriann Parker (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) dished out two helpers in the win.

Washington claimed an early 2-0 lead at 27:02 before the Seahawks responded with a pair of Mayer goals to knot it at 2-all at 15:36. The Shorewomen outscored the hosts 3-1 to stake a 5-3 advantage at 6:08 before Decker and Shafer found the back of the net for the third tied score of the game, 5-5, at 4:33. The visitors headed into halftime with a 6-5 margin after Ziccardi converted on a free position shot at 3:39.

St. Mary's rattled off three unanswered goals to start off the second half and post its first lead of the contest, 8-6 at 22:44. The Shorewomen responded with two goals for tie the game for the fifth time, 8-8, at 16:08 before senior attacker Kimmy Routson (Lutherville, Md./Towson) put the Seahawks ahead 9-8 at 12:45.

Simpson finished with 12 stops for her fifth consecutive double-digit save effort while adding a team-best four ground balls. Washington outshot the Seahawks, 30-21, while earning a 22-13 advantage in ground balls but St. Mary's notched an 11-9 edge in draw controls.

The Seahawks will be back in action on Saturday, March 10 when St. Mary's welcomes Haverford College (1-2) to Seahawk Stadium for non-conference action at 3:30 pm.

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ST. MARY'S CITY, MD Host St. Mary's outscored visiting Washington College in the second half by a 5-3 score to turn a 6-5 halftime deficit into a 10-9 victory on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Seahawk Stadium. The Seahawks improve to 2-3 overall, while the Shorewomen fall to 1-1.

Washington got two goals in the first 2:58 from freshman midfielder/defenderEmily Hubley (West Chester, PA/Bayard Rustin) on assists from senior attacker Kalli Parrish (Timonium, MD/McDonogh School) and senior midfielder Rachel Bartee (Mt. Airy, MD/South Carroll) respectively. Melissa Mayer got St. Mary's on the board when she finished off a Lauriann Parker pass to make it 2-1 with 24:37 left in the first half.

Mayer finished off another Parker pass to knot the game at 2-2 with 15:36 left in the half. Parrish put WC back up 3-2 with 12:43 left in the first when she converted a free position attempt, but the lead was short lived as Lauren Bennett tied the game at 3-3 just 10 seconds later with Erin Shackelford netting the helper. Hubley scored her third goal of the game with 10:02 remaining in the first half and recording the assist was sophomore forward Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, MD/Towson) to put the guests up 4-3.

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