Washington's path to be determined vs. Haverford

Shoremen eager to erase memory of last year's nine-goal loss to Fords, who visit Wednesday night

March 20, 2012|By Edward Lee

Washington is riding a four-game winning streak and opened its Centennial Conference schedule with a thrilling, come-from-behind 10-9 win against McDaniel Saturday. But the Shoremen (4-2) will find out how far they’ve come when Haverford visits Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium in Chestertown, Md., Wednesday night.

The Fords have qualified for the last six league tournaments and captured the tournament championship in 2010. This season has been much rougher for Haverford, which is off to a 1-5 start, but Washington coach Jeff Shirk said the Fords should not be underestimated or overlooked.

“I think Haverford’s good. They’ve just been in some tough losses,” Shirk said Monday. “So I know we’re going to get a very good goalie and a very athletic group that is going to come after us. I think we approach it with the thought process that we lost pretty bad to Haverford last year [a 19-10 setback], and we’ve got something to prove. So I think we approach it like we do every game where we don’t want to take anything for granted and we’re going to put our best foot forward, and hopefully at the end of the day, that’s enough to get us a win.”

Shirk also has the additional task of trying to convince the players to forget the team’s current four-game run. While he hopes the players are proud of the accomplishment, Shirk said they can’t afford to get wrapped up in the trappings of that streak.

“I think it’s mostly about keeping our focus because as soon as we start getting excited about that four-game winning streak and start feeling good about ourselves, that’s when we cut a corner or we miss something and Haverford sneaks up on us and gives us something that we don’t expect,” Shirk said. “I think our whole mentality is, let’s keep this thing going and get ready for Haverford both mentally and physically.”

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