Strong Second Half Gives Ephs 13-5 Win Over Wesleyan
MIDDLETOWN, CT -- Williams College women's lacrosse defense held Wesleyan's attack to two goals in the second half while the Ephs' attack opened up a solid lead with seven goals on the half to take a 13-5 win over the Cardinals.
The seventh consecutive win for the Ephs improves the team to a 9-1 record overall, 5-1 NESCAC.
Though the Cardinals captured an early 2-1 lead in a tight first half, the Ephs battled back to end the period ahead 6-3. Alyssa Amos got the Ephs on the board just over a minute in and Nancy Palmer scored her first of four goals to tie the game 2-2 at 17:29. The Cardinals would tie the game up once more 3-3 with a goal by Meredith Smith.
Commenting on the start of the game, Williams head coach Chris Mason said, "We were very sloppy and they were forcing some of our sloppiness because they were playing high pressure." The Ephs composed themselves, reacting to the Cardinal's pressure, and pulled away with three consecutive goals. Palmer fired in another goal and the Ephs added two more on a man up situation to end the half on top.
The Ephs came out strong in the second half, going on a four-goal scoring spree in the first five minutes to halt the Cardinal's momentum. Bridget Malicki started off the scoring with two back-to-back goals for the Ephs before another from Palmer, her third of the day. The Cardinals answered back with two consecutive goals from Smith at 24:45 and Abby Wheeler a minute later, but it would not be enough to come back from the deficit. The Ephs added three more goals over the remainder of the half to capture the 13-5 win over the Wesleyan Cardinals.
Coach Mason said, "Today was a really tough challenge because Wesleyan works credibly hard and never gives up. On every play they go to the last second and they played very well." She added, "We seemed to play more poised early in the second half and had some really good plays to open up a lead. They kept playing very aggressively on us—our defense held us right in there and we would get the ball back."
Mason commended the Williams defense for their performance along with the Ephs' goalie Ali Piltch who "played a great game" with 11 saves on 16 shots.
Palmer led the Ephs with 4 goals and Amos followed with 3 of her own. Smith led the Cardinals with 2 goals. Wesleyan goalie Nina Labovich had 14 saves for the game.
The Ephs will be back in action April 8th at 5:00 PM at Hamilton for their next league matchup.