CLERMONT, FL -- The Williams College women's lacrosse team defeated Wellesley College 17-5 when the Ephs established a five-goal lead in the first four minutes of play to set the tone for the remainder of the contest. This was the second win for the Ephs played at the National Training Center in Florida, lifting their overall record to 6-1.
The Ephs got on the board early with a goal from Maggie MacCallum off a beautiful assist from Rebecca McGovern only thirteen seconds into the game. Following a goal from Nancy Palmer, the roles would switch as McGovern put in her first goal of the game off a pass from MacCallum. Palmer and McGovern both promptly scored again to give the Ephs an early five-goal lead.
Wellesley attempted to chip away at Williams' lead when Brit Mscisz scored with an assist from Claire Canty. Despite an additional Wellesley goal, the Ephs fired in four more shots to gain a solid seven-goal lead, ending the first half ahead 9-2.
The second half began with over five minutes of scoreless play until Wellesley's Claire Canty scored a goal of her own at the 24:38 mark. The Ephs continued their scoring streak, putting in three more unanswered goals from Maeve Mulholland, Bridgit Malicki, and Alyssa Amos.
Though Wellesley added two more goals, including a second goal for Mscisz, and lead in draw controls in the second half 6-5, the Ephs continued to dominate the half adding five additional goals to close out the game. Palmer fired in an unassisted goal, her third of the game, following scoring from Natalie Gill and Haley Mahar.
With a little over five minutes remaining in the contest, Hillary Cook fired in a goal off of a pass from Micaela Dussel, who then recorded a goal of her own with an assist from Anne Rehfuss. The Ephs possessed the ball for the remaining two minutes of the game, running down the clock to a definitive victory.
Williams head coach Chris Mason was pleased with the Eph's play, from the defense into transition and up to attack, and called the game a "good team win." Mason remarked that there was "scoring and assisting from a lot of different players" and said, "we used every single player." She added that there "were nice plays and beautiful assists on most goals and well-played opportunities."
Nancy Palmer led in scoring for the Ephs with 3 goals and Mscisz lead for Wellesley with 2 goals.
Williams goalie Ali Piltch recorded 4 saves. Wellesley's goalie Wendy Nettleton had 3 saves in the second half following ten goals against Tori Hyosko amidst no saves in the first half.
Undefeated in Florida, the Ephs (3-1 NESCAC) will return to New England to face Tufts in their next conference game on April 2nd at 6:00 PM.