Williams Ephs Defeat Bowdoin Polar Bears 12-8 in Season Opener
AMHERST, MA — Playing at an alternate home site, the Williams College women's lacrosse team defeated Bowdoin 12-8 in a thrilling season opener when Stephanie Galllo and Bridget Malcki netted two late first half goals to put the Ephs on top 6-4 at the break.
Following a tight first half, the Ephs pulled away in the second half to upset Bowdoin, ranked 8th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll.
Bowdoin twice got within a goal of the Ephs in the second half with the second threat coming at 13:55 when Betsy Sachs scored. The Ephs' Alyssa Amos then scored at 10:24 to boost the Eph lead back to two and Amos scored the final goal of the game as well.
In an exciting first half the Ephs and the Polar Bears battled goal for goal. Rebecca McGovern scored the first goal of the game for the Ephs at 27:36 giving them an early 1-0 lead. However, Bowdoin answered back with three goals to give Bowdoin a two-goal lead. Williams fought back, putting in two goals to tie the game at 3-3.
Lindsay Picard put the Polar Bears ahead again with a goal, her third of the half, on a free position shot. A powerful shot in front of the goal by Stephanie Gallo off a pass from Rebecca McGovern who made a remarkable run down the field shifted the momentum in Williams' favor as they scored three consecutive goals to end the first half ahead 6-4.
Determined to fight back, Bowdoin began the second half with another goal to close in on the Ephs. Both teams displayed confident possession and tough defense as they continued to battle.
With the Ephs ahead, Bowdoin's Betsy Sachs fired a side-arm shot past Williams' goalie Ali Piltch to close in on the Ephs at 8-7. Williams then recovered the ball from a Bowdoin possession off a remarkable save by Ali Piltch. This sparked the momentum for an offensive surge that ended with a goal for the Ephs by Alyssa Amos off a strategic pass from Bridgit Malicki at the 10:24 mark, giving the Ephs a two-goal lead of 9-7.
Williams head coach Chris Mason called this goal the decisive moment that would give the Ephs the momentum to score three more goals for the win.
Bowdoin's Jordan Smith challenged hard to goal, making the score 10-8 with 7:23 remaining.
Williams possessed the ball well in the final minutes of the game, putting in another goal and running down the clock. Bowdoin played strong, full-out defense against Williams' composed stall, which led to the final goal for the Ephs by Alyssa Amos on an open goal with 1:24 remaining.
Bowdoin then pulled their goalie and had an offensive surge in the final minute of the game that ended in a save by Ali Piltch. Williams regained possession and continued to stall until the clock ran out with 12-8 win for the Ephs.
About the team's performance Chris Mason said, "I loved the intensity and confidence we played with. We were tough and aggressive, yet under control. They played with poise."
The top scorers for Bowdoin were Lindsay Picard and Jordan Smith, each with 5 goals. The top scorer for Williams was Rebecca McGovern with 5 goals. Bowdoin Goalie Isabel Sippel ended the game with 6 saves and Williams Goalie Ali Piltch with 7 saves.
Tomorrow's game at Castleton State has been postponed. The Ephs will next be in action on March 5th when they travel to Springfield College to play the Pride at 7:00 PM.