Fredericksburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland field hockey team had their seven-game win streak snapped Saturday afternoon with a 4-2 Capital Athletic Conference road loss to No. 18 University of Mary Washington.
The loss is the first conference setback for the Seahawks (10-4, 3-1 CAC) and puts them in sole possession of third place in the CAC standings.
Mary Washington (12-3, 3-0 CAC) opened up with a 2-0 lead at 17:37 behind goals by sophomore forward Christine Loehr (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) and junior midfielder Haley Kane (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax). Junior forward Jenna Steele (Rehoboth Beach, Del./Cape Henlopen) assisted on both.
Junior forward Nina Collins (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) responded for St. Mary's with an unassisted goal just before the end of the first half to cut the deficit to 2-1 at 34:34.
Senior captain Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) turned away the Eagles' first five on-target shot attempts, including denying a penalty stroke attempt by junior defender Carlee Budd (Delmar, Del./Delmar) at 42:34, before UMW broke through again. Budd made good on a second attempt for a goal at 50:46 as she completed the feed for Steele's third assist of the day.
Mary Washington posted a three-goal advantage at 61:45 behind an unassisted goal by senior forward Christine Downie (Arlington, Va./Yorktown).
After seventh-year head coach Katie Newkirk called a timeout, the Seahawks were awarded a penalty corner and junior midfielder Grace Reingruber (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) brought the Seahawks within 4-2 at 64:07 with her first goal of the season.
Sophomore forward Brady Wolf (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) assisted on Reingruber's score and now ranks second on the Seahawks' all-time single-season assists list with a team-best six helpers.
Mary Washington owned a 29-3 shot advantage for the game while posting a 17-2 margin in penalty corners.
Bishop finished the afternoon with a career-best 18 stops while sophomore Megan McLaughlin (Tabernacle, N.J/Seneca) and first-year Katie Kolobielski (Pocomoke, Md./Washington) combined for the win in goal.
St. Mary's remains on the road for its next conference game as the Seahawks travel to Newport News, Virginia on Tuesday, October 21st to take on Christopher Newport University (9-5, 1-2 CAC) at 4:00 p.m.
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