CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- With their 2013 season set to begin next Friday, Washington College field hockey seniors Steph Harryman (Churchton, Md./Southern) and Heather Noto (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) have the opportunity to do what no other senior class in team history has done before them - qualify for the Centennial Conference Tournament four years in a row.
Harryman and Noto are among the Shorewomen's 14 returning players from last year's team, which finished 9-10 overall against a formidable schedule and went 5-5 in Centennial Conference play to grab the fifth and final seed in the conference tournament. That squad also made history by defeating traditional conference and national power Ursinus, 3-2, in overtime for the Shorewomen's first-ever victory over the Bears. With their strong group of returning players and an influx of talented newcomers, the Shorewomen figure to once again contend for the conference championship.
Harryman has started every game in goal for the Shorewomen each of the past two years, recording a .768 save percentage last season while finishing second in the Centennial Conference in total saves with 126. She was a 2011 All-Centennial Conference honorable mention. Classmate Noto, a defender, has also been a fixture in the starting line-up each of the last two years. She scored three goals, tallied one assist, and made one defensive save a year ago.
Eight juniors dot the Shorewomen's roster, representing the team's largest class. Attacker Claire McAuliffe (Clarksville, Md./Glenelg Country School)headlines the junior class and is coming off a sophomore season during which she led the team in total points (27) and assists (seven) and tied for the team lead in goals (10) en route to All-South Region and All-Centennial Conference second-team honors. Midfielder Meredith Andrews (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) was the team's Most Improved Player in 2012, starting 18 of the team's 19 games, while attacker Kate Duggan (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Academy of the New Church) scored three goals while making one start in 19 games and attacker Grace Phillips (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) scored a pair of goals in 18 games played.
Defender Emily Bodmer (Laurel, Md./Elizabeth Seton), attacker Caitlain Krawczyk (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville), and goalkeeper Brit Barr(Sykesville, Md./Century), who has served as Harryman's understudy each of the past two seasons, round out the Shorewomen's returning juniors. New to the junior class is attacker Jackie O'Connell (Northampton, Pa./Northampton). O'Connell also plays basketball at the College and joined the field hockey team for the first time last spring. She was a top goal scorer in high school.
The Shorewomen's sophomore class carries with it an unusually high level of collegiate experience. Defender Emily Eline (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) recorded one assist and two defensive saves while starting all 19 games as a freshman, while defender Jordan Mitchell (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County) made 16 starts in 19 games. Meanwhile, attacker Sadie Robertson (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township)and defender Jocelyn Faro (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) each played in eight games a year ago. Defender Sydney Sikon (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and midfielder Ali Grady (Narberth, Pa./Harriton), who joined the team last spring, complete the sophomore class.
Washington's 2013 roster also features six freshmen - attacker Jennifer Tordella (New Castle, Del./William Penn), midfielders Elizabeth Davis(Earleville, Md./Bohemia Manor), Alli Dudley (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key), and Jenn Miller (Westminster, Md./North Carroll), defender Allison Remenapp (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg), and goalkeeper Lindsay Scott (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Area).
Rachel Boyle returns for her 12th season as the Shorewomen's head coach and 14th year as part of the coaching staff. Joining her on the sideline this season will be new assistant coach Tory Sharpless, who was a four-year player and team co-captain while playing at the University of Delaware.
The Shorewomen will open their 2013 season Friday, August 30th, with a 7:00 p.m. non-conference game at Catholic University. The non-conference schedule also features match-ups with Stevenson, Eastern Mennonite, Denison, Mary Washington, and Wesley. Washington's non-conference opponents combined to post a 71-50 record last season. The Shorewomen's home opener is slated for September 12th against Mary Washington. Their conference opener is scheduled for two days later when the Shorewomen host Johns Hopkins at 1:00 p.m.