Women's Lacrosse Scores Overtime Victory Over RPI
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Williams Women's Lacrosse team (7-3) downed RPI (6-2) in a thrilling overtime victory on Tuesday evening. The two teams played an even game through regulation and the first two overtime periods. The Ephs sealed the 8-7 win with a goal in the first minute of sudden death overtime.
The Ephs started the game hot with two goals in the first five minutes of play. The first goal came out of the stick of Rebecca Bell off an assist by Stephanie Gallo at 26:47. The Ephs quickly added another goal by Samantha Weinstein assisted by Bridget Malicki at 25:31 to take an early 2-0 lead over RPI. However, RPI did not simply roll over—Rachel Scofield found the back of the net at 21:57 to get RPI on the scoreboard. Williams added to their lead at 15:39 when Bridget Malicki fired a shot above the head of RPI goalie Allie Arnal to extend the Eph lead to 3-1.
RPI found fire at the end of the first half, scoring 4 unanswered goals to end the period with a 5-3 lead over the Ephs. Alissa Peterson led the charge for RPI tallying three goals in the last 15 minutes of the half and Erin Riley added another off an assist by Shannon Maguire.
Much like the first half, Williams came out firing in the second period. Rebecca Bell scored an unassisted goal at 27:55 to shrink the gap between the Ephs and RPI. RPI responded with another unassisted goal by Alissa Peterson at 24:16. Just over a minute later Eph Junior Stephanie Gallo converted on a free-position shot to bring the Ephs closer again. At 13:23 a pass from Bridget Malicki found a cutting Rebecca McGovern with an open shot on the goal. McGovern's goal tied the game at 6 goals apiece. Continuing this momentum, Eph Rebecca Bell tallied the go-ahead goal off an assist by Samantha Weinstein at 13:00. Despite strong play by the Eph defense and goalie Ali Piltch, RPI's Shannon Maguire found the back of the net at 5:00 to tie the game at 7-7. The remainder of the half would remain scoreless and the game headed to overtime.
Both teams had opportunities in the first six minutes of overtime, but could not find the goal. RPI got the last look at a goal with 7 seconds left, but Ali Piltch came up with the save for the Ephs. With the score still tied at 7-7 after six minutes of overtime, the game went into a sudden death overtime period. The Ephs controlled the ball from the start of this period, scoring the winning goal just one minute into sudden death. Junior Rebecca McGovern netted the winning goal for the Ephs.
The Ephs led RPI in shots (24-15) and draw controls (10-9), while RPI tallied more ground balls (14-9). Eph goalie Ali Piltch had 10 saves and Allie Arnal stopped 13 shots for RPI. Coach Chris Mason said she was "thrilled with the game" as "RPI is a very good team and this was a hard fought win for Williams".
Williams will next take the field on Saturday against NESCAC foe Tufts University.