Ervin, Owls net OT win at Washington

KATE ERVIN

CHESTERTOWN — Sophomore Sarah Chapman scored the game’s only goal with just under two minutes remaining in an extra period to lift Bryn Mawr’s field hockey team to a sudden victory at Washington on Oct. 6.

This was a homecoming for freshman forward Kate Ervin of Millington, the 2021 most outstanding female athlete at Kent County High School.

She has appeared in all 10 games for the 7-3 Owls with eight starts, including last week’s Centennial Conference match-up in Chestertown.

This was the second extra-time game in a row for Bryn Mawr, which lost to CC foe Dickinson in a shoot-out Oct. 2.

Maggie Titus (three saves) picked up her fifth shutout win of the season.

The Owls set the tone early, earning a penalty corner just 43 seconds in. Ultimately, in the first quarter, they would earn four penalty corners and get off four shots. Three of those shots would get blocked, and WC keeper Sasha Dennis made the first of her 15 saves on the other shot.

It was a similar story in the second quarter as the visitors had three more corners and another four shots, but still couldn’t get anything past Dennis.

On the other end, Titus stopped the only shot on goal that she faced in the first half — Maddie Knight in the 10th minute — to preserve a scoreless draw at intermission.

Bryn Mawr ratcheted up the attack in the third quarter with 14 shots (10 on goal) and 10 corners.

Ervin had the first shot of the second half, with only 1 minute, 46 seconds elapsed. The ball appeared headed for the back of the net, but Washington’s Kate Gromacki got a stick on the ball before it crossed the line for a defensive save.

About four and a half minutes later, Claire McGowman came up with a defensive save for Bryn Mawr after Julianna Sterling’s shot got past Titus.

The Owls outshot their hosts in the third quarter, 14-1, but Dennis came up big with 10 saves to keep the slate clean.

The final quarter was back and forth, with each team getting off three shots. Titus was forced into another save and Washington (5-6) put a ball just wide of the right post, while Dennis had two more saves.

That all added up to extra time, where the number of field players is reduced from 10 to six with the aim of opening up play. It’s a 10-minute period; the first goal wins.

Washington had the first four shots — two were blocked, another was saved by Titus and the other was wide.

Bryn Mawr had only two shots in OT, and the second shot stuck. Freshman Hazel Miller broke up Washington’s clearing attempt, carried the ball down the left side and sent the ball into the center of the circle. From about 5 yards out, Chapman redirected the pass into the left side of the cage for the golden goal.

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