Waterville, ME—The Williams College women's lacrosse team (11-1, 7-1 NESCAC) battled hard to claim another come-back win following a 8-5 deficit in the second half when Rebecca McGovern scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give the Ephs a 10-9 victory over the Colby College Mules (6-5, 4-4 NESCAC).
The Ephs and the Mules were neck and neck in the first half and battled back and forth to tie the game 4-4 going into half-time. McGovern began the scoring over six minutes into the contest with an unassisted goal. Katharine Eddy got the Mules on the board on a man-up situation before firing in another a minute later on a free position shot to establish temporary lead. The Ephs would again take a 4-3 lead with a free position goal by Anne Rehfuss and a goal from Rebecca Bell off an assist from McGovern with 6:03 left in the half. However, Eddy put in another goal for the Mules, her third of the half, to tie the game at the half.
The Mules dominated the majority of the second half and claimed an 8-5 lead until the Ephs began an impressive comeback, scoring three goals in the last 4:42 of the game to tie the game 8-8 and take it into overtime.
Sarah Lux began the Mules momentum by scoring in the first forty seconds of the half. Though Bridget Malicki fired in a goal for the Ephs off a pass from Maeve Mulholland on a man up situation, the Mules would continue their run. Eddy scored two more goals for the Mules to claim a three goal lead with 11:29 remaining.
Determined attack, tough defense, and key saves by Williams goalie Ali Piltch enabled the Ephs' comeback. It would be nearly seven minutes before the Ephs began to chip away at the Mules' lead. A save by Piltch at the 10:34 mark helped to halt the Mules' momentum. The Ephs gained possession when Grace Wilson caused a turn over, allowing Alyssa Amos to score an unassisted goal to bring the margin within two. Hillary Cook fired in another goal for the Ephs at the 1:37 mark and Malicki tied up the game with only 30 seconds remaining in regulation time. A key save by Piltch with 9 seconds remaining took the Ephs into overtime.
Eddy would put in her fifth and final goal of the game to take the lead in the first overtime period. A foul by Colby enabled McGovern to convert a free position shot to keep the Ephs in the game and carry them into double over time.
The Ephs gained a key possession off the draw control in the double overtime and McGovern fired in the final goal that determined the Ephs' 10-9 victory.
Williams head coach Chris Mason commented, "We just need to play better early and be more threatening early." She felt the Ephs had a tentative start and said, "I want to start off a lot more aggressively, so hopefully that's what we'll do moving forward because we're getting down to the end. We do have the confidence to stop them defensively and score the goals we need offensively, so we need to do that from the beginning."
Despite a tough start, Mason said, "fortunately we still don't never give up and believe we can come back and we keep going after it—we don't fold. Colby is a very threatening team on offense and our defense did well. Ali had some key saves—she had a great game."
Piltch ended the game with nine saves. Colby goalie Michelle Burt had eight saves for the game.
McGovern led the Ephs with three goals and an assist. Malicki and Cook each had two goals for the Ephs. Eddy led the Mules with five of their eight goals and had one assist.
The Ephs will next appear at RPI April 16th at 7:00 PM