WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Despite a strong second half, Williams College women’s lacrosse (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) were unable to catch the defending NESCAC champions, Colby College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC), in their 2009 season opener. Colby took advantage of their many free position shots to win the game, 9-8.
The Ephs were the first on the board when junior Tina Nawrocki capitalized on a pass from senior Brit Spackman at 23:00. Colby College took no time to respond, with Kate Sheridan and Kathleen Kramer scoring a goal apiece in the next three minutes.
The Mules then scored four more goals before the Ephs could respond. However, Williams finished the half strong with a free position goal from freshman Margie Fulton at 3:14 and an unassisted goal from junior Anne Marie Burke at 2:08 to end the half at a 6-3 deficit.
Neither team kept possession for very long at the beginning of the second half. Colby scored two goals and Williams scored one off of free position shots to bring the score to 8-4 at 18:59. At 18:20 the Ephs went on a three goal scoring streak to come within one of the Mules.
Colby’s Caroline Atwater capitalized on a free position shot at 15:06, but junior Whitney Thayer pulled the Ephs within one again off a pass from freshman Katie Ellis at 8:43. Despite chances for both sides, neither team was able to score again and the game ended 9-8 with the Mules on top.
Both teams had strong goaltending with sophomore Julia Schreiber making 18 saves for the Ephs and Sarah Warnke turning 9 aside for the Mules. Sheridan led Colby in points with a hat trick and one assist, while Spackman and Fulton had two goals and one assist each for the Ephs.
Ephs head coach Chris Mason thought the Ephs played well for the season opener, but noted that the team has some things to work on. She commented, “It wasn’t a bad first game. Colby was a strong team, but we need to clean up the fouls on defense and catch the ball on offense.” Mason noted that junior Alice Nelson and freshman Meera Sivalingam played particularly well on defense and Fulton was “very poised on attack.”
The Ephs next game is Thursday, March, 12th at 5:00pm on Williams College’s Renzie Lamb field.