CHESTERTOWN — It’s not an April Fool’s joke.
On Monday, Washington, which has won six games in a row, made its first appearance this season in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association top 25 poll.
Washington is 7-2, with the losses coming to then-No. 6 York and then-No. 5 Salisbury.
Washington’s most significant win to date is the 10-9 upset of then-No. 25 St. Mary’s here on March 27.
Kent County graduate Kate Bartholomew put the Seahawks on the scoreboard 67 seconds into the game, and they did not trail until midway through the second half.
Alison Pantazes’ free-position goal with 14 minutes, 9 seconds remaining leveled the score at 8-all and started a run of three unanswered goals that put Washington ahead for the first time.
Colleen Keefe scored the go-ahead goal at 13:12 and Cecily Docktor gave the locals a 10-8 lead with just under 10 minutes to play.
St. Mary’s (7-5) closed to 10-9 on Caitlin Katchmar’s man-up goal on a free position with 3:00 remaining.
The Seahawks got the ball back with 1:08 to go after causing a turnover, but lost possession 32 seconds later.
Washington ran out the clock to preserve its lead.
Pantazes led Washington with three goals. Keefe and Kristy Grovom scored two goals apiece, and three others each scored one goal for the winners.
Bartholomew, a junior midfielder from Galena, had two goals and one assist for St. Mary’s as she closed in on the 100th point of her career. She realized that milestone two days later when she had a hat trick in the 19-4 rout of Southern Virginia to open Capital Athletic Conference play.
Washington improved to 2-0 in the Centennial Conference with a 14-8 triumph over McDaniel on Saturday.
The Shore ladies raced out to a 5-1 lead, but their guests closed to 7-5 by intermission.
Hannah Miller had 10 of her 18 saves in the opening half for McDaniel (4-5).
Washington took over after scoring the first three goals of the second half, part of a 4-0 run that bridged both halves.
Grovom netted her 100th career goal on an extra-man opportunity with 9:54 remaining, extending the locals’ lead to 13-7. She finished with three goals and an assist.
Lauren Brenner led all players with five goals and seven points. Grovom, Keefe and Docktor each contributed multiple goals.