St. Mary's City, Md. – Senior midfielder Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, Md./Towson) gave Washington College an 8-7 win over the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team on a snowy Tuesday afternoon with her goal at 2:55.
A Seahawk turnover near Washington's offensive end led to Eisenbrandt's would be game-winning goal, capping a 4-0 run by the Shorewomen to erase a 7-4 St. Mary's lead with 11:30 remaining in the game.
Washington won the ensuing draw but the Seahawks won the ball back with 49 seconds left and got the ball down to their offensive end, allowing sophomores Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) and Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) to each fire off a shot. Poffenberger shot high while first-year goalie Haylee Solomon (Wantagh, N.Y./Calhoun) denied Newman with 10 seconds.
Solomon then turned the ball over on the Shorewomen's clear attempt, giving the ball back to St. Mary's right near the goal. However, sophomore attacker Maggie Wagner (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) was awarded a yellow card for dangerous propelling with 5.2 ticks on the clock.
It was a close game throughout as St. Mary's (4-5) edged Washington (4-2), 19-16, in shots and posted an 18-12 margin in ground balls. The Shorewomen picked up the slack in the draw department, tallying an 11-6 advantage.
Sophomore Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) finished the game with three saves and five ground balls for the Seahawks. First-year Allison Remenapp (Woodbine, Md./Century) started for Washington and came up with three saves, one caused turnover and one ground ball while Solomon relieved Remenapp for the final 11:300, picking up a crucial stop with 10 seconds to go in the game.
Poffenberger was St. Mary's leading scorer with four goals while Newman added two goals and an assist. First-year defender Mackenzie Rayburn (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) scooped up five loose balls to match her season-best.
The first half was all about runs as Washington struck first at 29:28 but Poffenberger responded five minutes later. The Shorewomen then scored two in a row for a 3-1 advantage at 17:08. St. Mary's ripped two its own for a 3-3 game at 9:31. Washington staked a 4-3 halftime lead following Eisenbrandt's second of the day with 30 seconds left in the first half.
Eisenbrandt notched the hat trick while sophomore attacker Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) finished with her two first-half goals.
St. Mary's came out firing in the second half, reeling off four straight to claim a 7-4 lead at 11:30 as Poffenberger began and capped the run for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks will look to get back in the win column on Saturday, March 29th when St. Mary's welcomes Southern Virginia University to Seahawk Stadium for a game at 2:00 p.m.
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