Ephs Fall to Trinity Bantams 13-10 in First Loss of the Season
Northampton, MA—The Williams College women's lacrosse team fell to Trinity College 13-10 in a tough matchup when Trinity's Renee Olsen scored two consecutive goals midway through the second half to give the Bantams a 12-8 lead over the Ephs.
Although the Ephs had a 5-7 lead at the end of the first half, Trinity regained momentum in the second half to edge out the Ephs for the win.
It was a tight first half in which neither team led by more than two goals. Rebecca McGovern gained an initial lead for the Ephs less than two minutes into the contest on an unassisted goal. Trinity quickly regained possession, but a save and clear by Williams goalie Ali Piltch shifted the ball back into the Ephs' attacking end as Rebecca Bell put in a second goal for the Ephs.
Nine minutes into the contest, Kathleen Timmons got the Bantams on the board off a free position shot. Answering back, McGovern drove hard to goal, dodging past a series of Trinity defenders to score her second unassisted goal at the 19:23 mark to regain a two-goal lead for the Ephs.
The Bantams then took a 4-3 lead scoring three consecutive goals. Both teams continued to vie for the lead as tough pressure by the Williams defense gave way for the Ephs to tie up the game. Ashley Stewart then regained the lead for the Bantams, and a minute later Hillary Cook pressed to goal, rolled the crease, and placed the ball past the Bantam's goalie Bridget Kitchen to tie up the game 5-5.
A save by Ali Piltch on a free position shot prevented the Bantams from scoring for the remainder of the half. Palmer powered in another shot for the Ephs right in front of the net off a pass from McGovern to give the Ephs at two-goal lead with 37 seconds remaining in the half. After wining the draw, the Ephs' attack ran down the clock to end the half leading 5-7.
The Bantams came out strong at the beginning of the second half when Molly Cox slipped a low to high shot past Piltch to close in on the Ephs. Despite tough defense by Williams and a nice stop by Piltch, the Bantams persisted to tie up the game off a shot from Griffin and then pulled away from the Ephs with three unanswered goals.
Following nearly four minutes of back-and-forth play, the Ephs fought back as Gallo powered in a goal for the Ephs in front of the net off a pass from the top by Natalie Gill. However the Bantams pulled away once again when Renee Olsen converted two consecutive goals off quick transitions to take a 12-8 lead. Although the Ephs scored less than a minute later, a goal by Hayes regained the Bantam's four-goal lead shortly after with 8:32 remaining.
The Ephs scored an additional goal and had several offensive attempts, but the Bantams held the lead for the remainder of the contest. The clock ran out with the Bantams defeating the Ephs 10-13.
About the game Williams' head coach Chris Mason said, "Trinity is a very good. They have outstanding players, they have good height, and they came in at speed. Our defense did a good job, and a great job in the first half. We just have to keep getting a little better."
The top scorer for Williams was Nancy Palmer with 3 goals. The top scorer for Trinity was Caroline Hayes with 3 goals. Trinity goalie Bridget Kitchen had 1 save and goalie Olivia Whitney had 5 saves. Williams goalie Ali Piltch ended the game with 9 saves.