Ephs Down Cardinals 10-6
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA— The Williams women's lacrosse defeated Wesleyan 10-6 in its season opener on Saturday. Despite falling behind early, the Ephs rallied in the second half to overcome a four-goal deficit to take the win.
Wesleyan came out swinging and dictated play for the first half. The Cardinals put the Williams defense to work early firing off multiple shots in the early minutes of the game. Their shots on goal turned into points at 24:26 in the first half when Kayla Ellman converted on a free position shot. Wesleyan had a strangle hold on the momentum for the remainder of the first half tallying 3 more goals by Caitlin Daniels (15:30), Kaylin Berger (12:25) and Maddy Coulter (16:24) before the break.
Despite Wesleyan's dominant play, the Ephs remained diligent throughout the half. An unassisted goal by Bridget Malicki (Loudonville, NY) at 1:13 put the Ephs on the scoreboard going into halftime.
After halftime the game took an entirely different direction. The Ephs came out of halftime strong. Senior Sam Weinstein's (Marblehead, MA) early second half goal started an Eph run that would tie the game at the 23:27 mark with goals by Rebecca Bell and Emily Whicker. Wesleyan responded quickly with a goal by Kayla Ellman to regain the lead. Not to be deterred, the Ephs again started a scoring run that produced 6 goals for Williams. Rebecca Bell tallied 3 more goals (4 on the day) and Hillary Cook, Nancy Palmer and Rebecca McGovern each added one goal to the Ephs total.
Both teams stuck with their starting goalies, Ali Piltch and Nina Labovich. Piltch had 7 saves for Williams. Labovic stopped 7 for the Cardinals. The teams were even on draw controls (9) and ground balls (18). Williams led Wesleyan in shots (17-14) and turnovers (14-19).
The Ephs will take the field again on Tuesday March 12th against Springfield.