Seahawk Field Hockey Posts Thrilling Shootout Win

Kelbey Egerland '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Kelbey Egerland '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · Tuesday, October 2, 2018 · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – The victory train continued to roll for the St. Mary's College of Maryland field hockey team Tuesday afternoon as the Seahawks picked up their fourth consecutive win. St. Mary's (5-4) won the shootout with Virginia Wesleyan University (4-3), 2-1, to claim the 1-0 non-conference victory.

St. Mary's 1, Virginia Wesleyan 0

How It Happened

  • Following 90 minutes of scoreless action, a shootout decided today's outcome.
  • Skye Swain saved St. Mary's first attempt while Elizabeth Roberto found the lower right corner to give the Marlins a 1-0 edge in the shootout.
  • First-year midfielder Gabrielle Corder (Sudlersville, Md./Queen Anne's County) pull the Seahawks even with VWU while the Marlins' next attempt was wide right.
  • Senior Mollie Belson (Columbia, Md./Atholton) put St. Mary's ahead, 2-1, as Belson air dribbled near 25 yards and then slapped it past Swain. Junior Kelbey Egerland (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) denied Virginia Wesleyan on its third attempt to keep the Seahawks in front.
  • Senior forward Courtney Mellon (Mt. Airy, Md./Urbana) earned a penalty stroke after Swain tripped her but Swain turned away the stroke to keep the Marlins within one.
  • Egerland saved VWU's fourth try while the Marlins' last attempt did not materialize in the allotted eight seconds.
  • The visitors edged the Seahawks, 14-13, in shots while posting a 9-6 margin in penalty corners.
  • Virginia Wesleyan outshot St. Mary's, 9-2, during regulation but a strong defensive presence, including six saves by Egerland and defensive saves by Corder and senior captain Kara Feidelseit (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley), forced overtime.
  • St. Mary's turned the tables in the two 10-minute overtime periods, peppering Swain with 11 shots. Corder and senior defender Brooke Steinhoff (Frederick, Md./Urbana) each had several quality chances in overtime but Swain went on to register eight of her nine stops in OT to compel a shootout.

For the Seahawks

  • Scorers: None
  • Goalkeeper: Egerland (6 saves, 0 goals allowed, 90:00)
  • Defensive Saves: Feidelseit (1) and Corder (1)

For Virginia Wesleyan

  • Scorers: None
  • Goalkeeper: Swain (9 saves, 0 goals allowed, 90:00)

Notes

  • St. Mary's improves to 13-5 in the series with the Marlins as the Seahawks won their 12th straight over VWU. The Marlins' last win came in 2001 with a 2-1 overtime decision in St. Mary's City.
  • The Seahawks' four-game win streak is the longest since seven consecutive victories in 2014. That season, St. Mary's finished with a 10-7 record.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Oct. 9 vs. York (Pa.) (4-5) – Jamie L. Roberts Turf Field (Capital Athletic Conference opener) – 4:00 p.m.
  • York owns a 22-10 series record with the Seahawks, including six wins in a row. St. Mary's last win over the Spartans was a 2-1 decision on October 11, 2014 in St. Mary's City.

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