McDaniel downs Washington and Lee in strokes

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Brooke Dixon (Clayton, Del./Smyrna) and Kristina Skinner (Westminster, Md./Westminster) each converted both of their penalty stroke attempts to help McDaniel down Washington and Lee 2-1 in penalty strokes in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday.

            Mandy Pickard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) staked the Green Terror (2-2) to a 1-0 lead in the first half before Christina Beneditti scored for the Generals (0-3) with 2:15 left in regulation to force overtime.
            After two scoreless 15-minute overtime periods in which McDaniel held a 5-3 advantage in shots – after a 17-7 advantage during regulation – the two teams went to a penalty stroke competition.
            Dixon converted the first attempt before Grace McGee matched the effort.
            After a Green Terror miss on the second attempt, Sallie Armstrong gave W&L a 2-1 advantage with a goal in the left corner of the cage.
            With her team trailing 2-1 and facing a loss on a miss, Skinner converted McDaniel’s final attempt of the first round of strokes to even the competition. A General missed sent the contest to a second round of five.
            McGee hit on the first attempt for Washington and Lee before Dixon matched to even the second round at 1.
            After a General miss, Skinner made it 2-1 for the hosts before Kaitlin Boerman (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) stretched the lead to 3-1.
            Armstrong cut the deficit to 3-2 but Erika Wawzyanick (Wantage, N.J./High Point Regional) saved Washington and Lee’s final attempt of the round to give McDaniel its second straight win.
            Off a corner in the 29th minute, Pickard dodged a defender and found the backboard to give McDaniel a 1-0 lead that held until Lizzie Gotimer found Beneditti on a cross in the waning moments.
            Wawzyanick finished with seven saves for the Green Terror while Caroline Habliston made 15 stops for the Generals.
            McDaniel returns to action in the Centennial Conference opener at Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Score by Period                                        1          2          OT       OT2     PS        -     F
Washington and Lee (0-3)                         0          1          0          0          (2-2)    -     1
McDaniel (2-2)                                          1          0          0          0          (2-3)    -     2
M – Mandy Pickard, 28:14
W – Christina Beneditti (Lizzie Gotimer), 67:45
Penalty Stroke Competition
Round 1 (Tied, 2-2):
Brooke Dixon (M) – Y
Grace McGee (W) – Y
Mandy Pickard (M) – N
Sallie Armstrong (W) – Y
Kaitlin Boerman (M) – N
Emily Mathews (W) – N
Emma Ardolino (M) – N
Liz Garson (W) – N
Kristina Skinner (M) – Y
Louise Bance (W) – N
Round 2 (McDaniel, 3-2):
McGee (W) – Y
Dixon (M) – Y
Bance (W) – N
Skinner (M) – Y
Mathews (W) – N
Boerman (M) – Y
Armstrong (W) – Y
Ardolino (M) – N
Garson (W) – N
Pickard (M) – N/A
Shots: W 9, M 22. Penalty Corners: W 15, M 17. Saves: W 15 (Caroline Habliston), M 7 (Erika Wawzyanick).