CLERMONT, FL – Playing their first of two contests at the National Training Center, Chris Mason's Williams College women's lacrosse team downed Union College 13-8 by scoring five unanswered goals early in the second half to go from trailing 6-5 to claiming a 10-6 lead. Union would not get closer than a 3-goal deficit the remainder of the game.
The win upped the Ephs' record to 5-1 on the year and increased their win streak to three.
With the loss the Dutchwomen fell to 2-2 on the year. Former Eph 3-sport athlete Abi Jackson '03 is the Union head coach.
Williams scored first on an unassisted tally by Maeve Mulholland, but the Dutchwomen answered with three straight goals to establish a 3-1 lead. A free position goal by Eph senior Rebecca McGovern got Williams to within a goal, but Union quickly established a 3-goal margin when they notched two goals in just over two minutes.
Down three goals with just over seven minutes remaining in the half the Ephs rattled off three straight goals to tie the game at the intermission. Bridgit Malicki scored an unassisted goal and then Alyssa Amos netted one off a feed from Rebecca McGovern and Amos assisted on a Stepahnie Gallo goal with 1:14 remaining in the half.
Union's Maggie Comiskey scored an unassisted goal at 26:40 of the second half, but the Ephs responded with a 5-goal barrage that turned the contest in their favor.
McGovern started off the goal parade with an unassisted goal (24:38), Natalie Gill recorded a free position score, Maeve Mulholland scored her second goal with Bridgit Malicki assisting, Gill scored a second goal with McGovern assisting and Hilary Cook scored at 18:33 with McGovern recording the assist and the Ephs owned a 10-6 lead.
The closest Union would come the rest of the way came at 14:43 when Comiskey netted a free position goal to make it 10-7 Williams.
The 13th and final Eph goal was scored by Micaela Dussel when she capitalized on a free position opportunity.
McGovern, Gallo, Mulholland and Gill each netted two goals each for the Ephs, while Union was led by Emily McGrail who tallied three scores. Rebecca McGovern registered a game high three assists.
Eph senior goalie Ali Piltch allowed 8 goals and stopped seven shots in recording the win. Union netminder Jen Hughes allowed 13 goals and made nine saves.
"Union was good they are very talented handling the ball quick and fast good loose balls
At the half Eph head coach Chris Mason asked her Ephs, "to play a little more aggressively on defense and put pressure on Union so they could not see to make passes as well as in the first half. We were good at keeping them out one on one and we improved our movement, which improved our ball movement. We also got to more loose balls in the second half."
"It was a good solid team effort defensively and offensively, especially through the midfield," added Mason. "The difference was getting some draw controls and loose balls in the second half. We had eight different players score and 21 played, so it was a good day."
Tomorrow the Ephs will put their 3-game win streak on the line when they take on Wellesley College at the National Training Center in a contest slated to begin at 10:30 AM.