WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- With five goals and two assists from Ephs junior Whitney Thayer, Williams women’s lacrosse (3-1, 1-1 NESCAC) dominated the RPI Red Hawks (3-1) with a final score of 13-6.
RPI was first on the board with a free position shot from Stephanie Caouette less than a minute into the game. Williams answered back with two goals from Thayer and one from senior Julia Nawrocki in the next six minutes. After a period of settled attack, Thayer scored her third goal at 17:08.
Sam Fennessy score for the Red Hawks to bring the score to 4-2 at 12:07, but Thayer responded quickly with an unassisted goal less than a minute later. After another goal for both teams, Ephs finished the half on a high note with a goal from senior Britt Spackman at 0:53, and ended the half up 7-3.
Williams came out strong in the second half, putting three more points on the board before RPI was able to score at 18:56. However the Ephs, weren’t done. Spackman, Sophomore Anne Marie Burke, and freshman Taylor Fleishhacker all scored unassisted goals before the game was out.
RPI played strong to the end, scoring two goals after their time out with 3:45 left in the game. The game ended 13-6 with the advantage to the Ephs.
Sophomore goalkeeper Julia Schreiber played the first 48 minutes for the Ephs, making six saves. Freshman Kate Foley finished in the net for Williams, making no saves, but recovering two ground balls. Ariana Hood played all 60 minutes for the Red Hawks, making twelve saves.
Ephs head coach Chris Mason credited RPI for strong play and was happy with her team’s performance. “We were patient today, and waited for good feeds on offense. They were a good and fast team, but we played well together.” Mason noted that senior Lizzy Burns’ presence on defense and Thayer’s deceptiveness on offence were invaluable.
The Ephs next game is away against NESCAC rival Tufts on Saturday the 21st at 12:00 pm.