MEDFORD, MA -- The Williams College women's lacrosse team defeated Tufts 10-5 when Rebecca McGovern scored her third goal of the game with 5:54 remaining in the contest to lift the Ephs to a 9-5 lead, staving off a tough comeback attempt by the Jumbos.
This is the fifth consecutive win for the #12 ranked Ephs, improving them to 7-1 overall, 4-1 in the NESCAC.
The Ephs came out strong in the first half, establishing solid 7-2 lead. Williams maintained possession for the majority of the period and dominated play. Williams head coach Chris Mason called the team's start "really good" and said, "We came out so strong in the beginning of the game, offensively and defensively."
Rebecca McGovern got the Ephs on the board nearly a minute and a half into play and Rebecca Bell added a free position goal at 21:55. The Jumbos got their first goal on a free-position chance by Brigit Bowser at 16:50 making it 2-1.
The Ephs would then pull ahead with four unanswered goals starting thirty seconds later. Bridget Malicki fired in two goals along with an assist during the run to help the Ephs open a 6-1 advantage. Kali DiGate stopped the stretch with a goal for the Jumbos at 7:25, but Malicki's third of the period gave Williams a 7-2 lead at halftime. They doubled up the Jumbos in shots (17-8) and groundballs (10-5) for the half.
The Jumbos came back strong in the second half, closing the gap to 8-5 with 14:05 remaining in the contest. Bowser scored the first goal of the half to start the Jumbo's comeback, and Caroline Ross converted on two back-to-back free position opportunities to pull Tufts within three.
This was as close as the Jumbos would get, however, as eight minutes of scoreless play followed to halt their momentum. A key save by Williams goalie Ali Piltch on a free position prevented the Jumbos from bringing the score within two.
The Jumbos came close to gaining a two-goal margin with a goal that was taken back on a crease violation. Seconds later McGovern converted her third goal of the game, clinching a secure four-goal lead for the Ephs. Hillary Cook then fired in a final goal for the Ephs, who successfully stalled for the remaining 3:39 of the contest to end with a 10-5 win.
Commenting on the second half, Mason remarked, "we had some little sloppy things, but came out okay. The team stayed tough and made it through our little moments, got it back on track again and finished with the 10-5 win. Our stall at the end was outstanding and defense was really tough." Mason added, "it hurt us when they started to get some eight-meter shots, but we cleaned it up and ended strong."
McGovern scored three goals and Malicki had a five-point game for Williams, who out-shot Tufts 29-16. Bowser and Ross tallied two goals each for the Jumbos. Piltch had seven saves and three groundballs in goal for Williams. Goalie Rachel Gallimore ended the game with 10 saves for Tufts.