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April 4, 2009

Amherst Staves Off Ephs' Second Half Rally

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Despite a second half rally, Ephs women’s lacrosse (6-3, 3-3 NESCAC) went down to archrival Amherst (5-3, 3-2 NESCAC) with a final score of 8-7.   The Ephs dominated the second half 4-1, but it was not enough to overcome the first half deficit.

The Lord Jeffs had a strong start, scoring three goals before Williams senior Julia Nawrocki scored an unassisted goal at 16:04.  However, Amherst responded quickly with a goal from Amy Craig less than a minute later. 

Ephs freshman Margie Fulton scored on a free position shot at 12:23, but Amherst continued to dominate the half.  The Lord Jeffs found the net three more times before the half was out while Fulton put another point on the board for the Ephs.  The half ended with a 7-3 advantage to Amherst.

After the half, Williams came out with more fire, more accurate shooting, and stronger defense. Fulton, senior Britt Spackman, and junior Anne Marie Burke all scored before Amherst’s Craig put one in the net for the Lord Jeffs at 8:53. 

Williams continued to play hard until the end.  Spackman scored again with 4:11 remaining, but it was not enough and the game ended 8-7 with Amherst on top. 

Sophomore goaltender Julia Schreiber played the full 60 minutes for the Ephs, making 4 saves, while Amherst’s Lamia Harik turned 14 shots aside.

Ephs head coach Chris Mason was disappointed with her team’s first half, but was pleased with the improved intensity in the second half:  “We did not play hard enough and left Schreiber out to dry in the first half, but the younger players provided a spark that got us going at the beginning of the second half.” 

Mason noted that freshmen Katie Ellis, Margie Fulton, and Taylor Fleishhacker, and sophomore Ali Page were particularly important to the team’s turnaround.

The Ephs next travel to Maine to play NESCAC rival Bowdion at 12:00pm on April 11th

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