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April 24, 2009

Middlebury downs Williams women's lacrosse 18-12

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams women’s lacrosse (10-5, 4-5 NESCAC) lost to NESCAC rival Middlebury (8-4, 7-2 NESCAC) after a slow start.  This was the last home game for the Ephs’ five seniors:  Julia Nawrocki, Britt Spackman, Lizzie Burns, Antonia Clark, and Amina Pookrum. 

Despite successful draw controls for Williams, Middlebury dominated the first quarter of the game.  The Panthers scored eight goals, before freshman Margie Fulton scored off a nice feed from Julia Nawrocki at 17:03.  However, it was not enough to break the Panther’s momentum.  They scored three more goals to bring the score to 11-1.

Freshman Katie Ellis scored an unassisted goal at 8:26, and the half started to look up for the Ephs.  Lindsey McBride put one in the net for Middlebury, but it was followed by Ephs goals from junior Tracey Ferriter and Julia Nawrocki.  In the last five minutes of the half, Williams tallied three more goals and Middlebury added another two.  The half ended with the Panthers up 14-7. 

Middlebury was again first on the board in the second half with goals from Sally Ryan and Dana Heritage.  However, the Ephs’ settled attack became more successful as the half went on.  Williams scored three consecutive goals from freshman Taylor Fleishhacker, junior Whitney Thayer, and sophomore Ali Page. 

Britt Spackman scored two goals for the Ephs in the last ten minutes of the game, and the Panthers added two of their own as well.  While the Ephs won the half 5-4, it was not enough and they lost the game 18-12.

Ephs head coach Chris Mason noted that her teams slow start cost them the game.  “We made a lot of unforced errors and threw away passes in the beginning, and then we got nervous.  Once we settled down, we played better.”

Sophomore goaltender Julia Schreiber made four saves for the Ephs, and Blair Bowie made nine saves for Middlebury.  All of Bowie’s saves came in the second half.

Williams will next play Sunday, April 26th at Trinity in the first round of the NESCAC tournament.  Game time is 12 p.m.

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