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April 17, 2013

Williams downs Hamilton 14-6

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Williams women's lacrosse (8-5, 3-5 NESCAC) used second half goals to surge to a victory over Hamilton College (7-6, 4-5 NESCAC) on Wednesday. Junior Stephanie Gallo (Manhasset, NY) led the Ephs, tallying 5 goals in the game. 

Hamilton controlled the ball for the beginning of the first half. The Continentals got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Emily Brodsky at 26:49. After the Hamilton goal possession went back and forth between the teams before the Continentals were able to control possession for over three minutes. However, Hamilton's possession ended in a saved shot.

Williams acted quickly after gaining possession. Stephanie Gallo netted her first goal of the game off an assist by Sam Weinstein (Marblehead, MA) at 14:33. This goal was quickly followed by a free position goal by Natalie Gill (Medfield, MA) at 13:49 and an unassisted goal by Weinstein at 12:21. Both offenses remained quiet until the 3:00 mark when Bridget Malicki (Loudonville, NY) successfully converted a free position shot for the Ephs. Hamilton was able to find the back of the net once more before the end of the half with a goal by Katie D'Antonio with 6 seconds remaining.

Hamilton opened the second half with an early goal by Emily Brodsky (27:41) to cut the Eph lead the one goal. After a draw control on the next possession, Williams responded with a goal by Stephanie Gallo at 27:05. Williams then scored on two free position shots by Natalie Gill (21:32) and Rebecca McGovern (20:48). Hamilton broke up this Williams scoring surge with a goal at 19:54 by Ashleigh Stephan.

After Hamilton brought the score to 7-4 Williams fought to widen the gap and went on a 5-0 scoring run. Bridget Malicki started the run with an unassisted goal at 18:50. The next three goals came from Gallo—a free position shot at 15:30 and two goals assisted by Rebecca McGovern (Weymouth, MA) at 11:10 and 10:52. McGovern would also find the back of the net for a goal at 9:30. Malicki added the fifth goal to the Ephs run off an assist by Gill at 6:10.

Hamilton's Brodsky ended the Ephs scoring run with a goal at 1:44. However, the Ephs had an answer for that as well, scoring just 10 seconds later with a goal by Maggie Maccallum off an assist by Maeve Mulholland. Hamilton tallied their sixth goal of the game with 11 seconds remaining, but the Ephs took the victory 14-6. 

The teams were evenly matched on shots (Williams 23, Hamilton 24) and draw controls. Hamilton led Williams in ground balls (12-9). Williams goalie Ali Piltch had 13 saves on the day. Madison Beres stopped one shot for Hamilton in the first half and Dewi Caswell had no saves in the second half.

The Ephs will travel on Saturday to take on rival Amherst College at 12:00pm. 

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