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March 25, 2013

Women’s Lacrosse Wins 4th in a Row, Edges Union 10-9

CLERMONT, FL – Chris Mason's Williams women's lacrosse team (6-1) extended their win streak to four this morning with a 10-9 win over Union College (0-2) in a game played at the National Training Center.

The win concludes a successful spring break trip to the Sunshine State, where the Ephs won all four games.

Tied at four at the half, the Ephs managed to out score the Dutchwomen 6-5 in the second half to claim the win. Rebecca McGovern's fourth goal of the day with 2:01 remaining in regulation proved to be the difference.

Union opened the contest by taking a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes. "I didn't like that we were down 2-0 early, but I was okay with it because I thought we were playing well," said Mason.

Eph sophomore midfielder Hilary Cook netted two goals in a row, one unassisted and one assisted by Sam Weinstein to tie the contest with 8:59 to go in the first half. Cook again tied the game at three after Union had responded quickly to her second tally, when she notched an unassisted goal at 7:23.

Off a free position shot opportunity junior midfielder Rebecca McGovern scored to give the Ephs a 4-3 advantage with 4:04 left in the first half. That lead held up until the final 16 seconds of the half when Union's Emily McGrail evened the contest at four with an unassisted goal.

Union's McGrail opened up the second half scoring with a goal at 28:39 off a free position shot. Williams responded to the McGrail score by stringing together three goals in a row in a span of 5:09. The first Eph goal came from Rebecca McGovern, the second from Nancy Palmer and the third by Rebecca Bell at 22:52; lifting the Ephs to a 7-5 lead. Palmer's goal was off a free position and the McGovern and Bell scores were unassisted.

With 13:53 left in the contest Union's Brittany Fraser converted off a free position situation and tied the game at 8.

The Ephs took a 9-8 lead when Bridget Malicki and Emily Whicker teamed up for a goal. Malicki scored and Whicker assisted.

For the next six and a half minutes neither team to could muster much of an attack. Gaining possession of the ball with just under 4 minutes left the Ephs advanced to the offensive end where at 3:30 Chris Mason called timeout.

"We went into our semi-stall at this point, instructing the team that they should only shoot if Union opened up too wide and we could get in, fake, and shoot," said Mason.

Rebecca McGovern saw just such an opportunity and she tallied an unassisted goal with 2:01 showing on the clock. The Ephs were now on top 10-8.

Off the ensuing draw control after McGovern's score, Union gained possession of the ball and Emily McGrail made it a 1-goal game again when she scored at 1:20.

"I had a little bit of a heart attack when Union scored so quickly, thinking maybe we should have held the ball longer," said Mason.

From the draw control following the McGrail tally, the Ephs came up with the possession and were able to work the clock down until just 7 seconds were left, before they turned the ball over. "We double teamed them immediately after losing the ball and they were unable to get the ball down the field for a shot," said a relieved Chris Mason.

Happy to be 6-1 at this point of the season, Mason was quick to caution, "We have a lot of tough games coming up."

Williams led in ground balls in the contest collecting 22 to Union's 17. Union committed 20 turnovers, while the Ephs registered 17.

Williams out shot the Dutchwomen firing 19 shots on goal, while Union put 12 on the frame. Union had a slight advantage in draw controls 11-10, but the Ephs snared the one they needed with just over a minute left in the second half.

Williams goalie Ali Piltch made three saves on the day and allowed 9 goals. Six of Union's 9 goals came off of free position shots.

Union's Emily Grinhaus was credited with 7 saves and allowed 10 goals. The Ephs scored on 2 of their 4 free position attempts.

The Ephs were led in scoring by Rebecca McGovern who scored a game-high four goals and Hilary Cook who added three scores. Emily McGrail led the Dutchwomen with 3 goals and Brittany Fraser and Heather Fraser each notched 2 goals.

Next up for the Ephs is a weekend trip to Maine where they will play two NESCAC contests. The Ephs will be at Bates on Saturday at 1:00 PM and then at Bowdoin on Sunday for 12:00 PM game.

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