Field Hockey Wins Ninth Straight

Nearing Conference Playoff Berth

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The Dickinson College Field Hockey program broke its record for most consecutive wins on when they defeated Frostburg State University on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Following the 5-1 win over Frostburg, the Red Devils continued their streak on Saturday, Oct. 12 when they defeated Washington College 5-2 for their ninth straight win.

The win over Washington moves Dickinson to 6-0 in conference, maintaining the tie with Franklin & Marshall. Merritt Davis ’17 was named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week as she was key in limiting Frostburg and Washington’s scoring opportunities.

The Red Devils were quick to strike the back of the cage against Frostburg as they capitalized on a penalty corner 5:13 into the game. The First-years continued to come up strong as Catherine Perlmutter ‘17 scored on the assist from Merritt Davis and Erica Marshall ’17. The Red Devils found the net again about 20 minutes later when Perlmutter assisted Taylor Meehan ’16 on her second goal of the season to put the Dickinson up 2-0.

After halftime, Dickinson struck early again, stretching the lead to 3-0 just six minutes into the second half. First-year Maddie Groves registered her fourth goal of year on another penalty corner. Groves’ goal was assisted by Merritt Davis and Kendal Packo ’17.

With just under 10 minutes remaining, Perlmutter found the back of the cage again to make the lead 4-0. Frostburg was able to spoil the shutout with just seven minutes remaining when they too capitalized on a penalty corner. With less than four minutes to go, Erica Marshall ’17 knocked in an insurance goal.

Goalie Katy Schlechtweg ’14 turned in another strong performance in goal, making made nine saves, including a pair of outstanding stops on breakaways. Corners were relatively even on both sides with the Devils holding the slight advantage 11-9, however, Dickinson dominated on shots leading 32-15, putting a large amount of pressure on the Frostburg goalie.

Against visiting Washington College, both teams got off to a slow start but it would be the Red Devils who struck first and took over from there. Dickinson was able to net three goals over the last 14 minutes of the first half. Perlmutter, the team’s leading scorer, started things off on a breakaway pass from Caroline Karwel ’16. Eight minutes later, the Red Devils were able to take advantage of a penalty corner when Ali Becker ’15 found the back of the cage on an assist from Maddie Groves. Less than two minutes after that, sophomore forward Taylor Meehan slapped it in after redirecting a pass from Perlmutter.

Washington came out of the halftime break on fire, forcing 7 corners early on and capitalizing on the last one with 21:17 to play.

Dickinson answered just 1:07 later using a penalty corner of their own to net the fourth goal of the game. Kendall Packo was able to carry the ball around the top of the circle and found Groves on the inside. Groves’ shot was saved, but Erica Marshall was there to put the rebound in the back of the cage for a 4-1 lead.

In the 59th minute, Natalie Polk ’15 would connect with Tara Black ’16 to cap off Dickinson’s offensive onslaught; this was the third consecutive game that Dickinson scored at least five goals in. Washington was able to find the back of the cage with 1:42 remaining for a final score of 5-2.

Perlmutter finished the game with a goal and an assist while Groves tallied a pair of assists on the day. Schlechtweg made five saves in the net.

The Red Devils improve to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the Centennial Conference. Dickinson will travel to Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, Oct. 12 for a 7:00 p.m. start. The Blue Jays, who are 3-3 in the conference, are out for blood after last year’s crushing upset when underdog Dickinson knocked them off in overtime. This year, it will be Dickinson entering the game expecting to win.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Red Devils will take on Ursinus College, who is 5-1 in the Centennial Conference, at home at 12:00 p.m. Fans are recommended to get there early for Senior Day festivities. DCFH will be honoring its four seniors- Schlechtweg, Julia Applegate ’14, Fallon Winters ’14, and Lauren Wyman ’14.