GRESHAM, Ore. — Mary Elizabeth Ward (Jr., San Rafael, Calif.) of Northwest Division Champion/host/No. 6-ranked the University of Washington scored five goals to notch Player of the Game honors and outperform sister Annie Ward (Fr., San Rafael, Calif.) of New England Division Boston College as the Huskies downed the Eagles, 10-7, in the Seventh Place game of the 2018 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship at Mt. Hood Community College.
The finish continues a trend of recent Top 10 marks by Washington as the team previously placed First (2000), Sixth (2003), Seventh (2016, 2017), Eighth (2004) and 13th (2008) in the history of the Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship.
Washington never trailed in the game as Lauren Hickey (Gr., Palos Verdes, Calif.) put away an even-strength chances with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter prior to Mary Elizabeth Ward lining in a five-meter penalty shot at 2:42 to stake the Huskies to a 2-0 lead.
Annie Ward responded to her sister’s five-meter by rifling in a natural marker at 2:20 to move the Eagles within 2-1 exiting the first quarter.
Mary Elizabeth Ward started the second quarter with back-to-back tallies at 6:05 and 3:19 to enlarge the margin to 4-1 prior to Caroline Cook (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) putting away a shot at 2:53 to inch Boston College within a pair at 4-2. The Huskies and Eagles both notched scores in the waning moments of the first half as Mary Elizabeth Ward padded Washington’s lead to 5-2 at 1:49 prior to Heather Clark (Jr., Houston, Texas) chipping Boston College’s deficit down to a pair at 5-3 with 1:15 on the clock.