Sophomore Morgan MacCartney netted what proved to be the game-winning goal with 8:11 left in the second half, as the University of Mary Washington field hockey team defeated Shenandoah University, 4-3, on Saturday at the Battleground. The Eagles improve to 5-2, while the Hornets see their five-game win streak snapped at five.
In the first half, the Eagles had a score waved off, and Shenandoah immediately responded for the first goal. Taylor Hayes took a rebound off of a saved shot to give the Hornets the first lead at with 19:24 left in the first.
The Eagles knotted the score six minutes later, as sophomore Izzy Scholz redirected a ball through the crease from freshman Sydney Keating, to tie the score at 1-1. The score remained tied to halftime.
In the second, the Eagles gained momentum with a score from junior Lauren Hopkins on a redirect from sophomore Bella Urcia with 6:45 elapsed in the second, and the lead grew to 3-1 at 53:50, as junior Lexie Dixson scored off a rebounded save.
At 58:22, Shenandoah cut the deficit to 3-2 on a redirect out of the air from Lindsey Florio, but the Eagles answered at 61:49 with MacCartney's score on a pass from senior Gillian Ross. The Hornets wouldn't go away, and trimmed the deficit to 4-3 with 5:52 to go, but the Eagles held on for the one-goal win.
The Eagles led in shots, 27-10, and the Hornets led in penalty corners, 10-9. UMW senior goalie Jessica Cavolt had five saves and senior Cori Rydgren added a defensive save for UMW, while Isabella Morande had nine saves and Kelsey Jones a defensive save for Shenandoah.
Mary Washington, winners of three straight, will be back in action again on Tuesday when they visit Catholic University at 6:00 p.m.