WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Union College Dutchwomen (1-2) opened today's game with two goals in the first 1:05 this afternoon on Farley-Lamb Field, but the Williams Ephs (3-1) proceeded to score seven of the eight remaining goals of the first half to take a 7-3 lead into intermission.
"We came out a little lackadaisical to start," noted Eph head coach Chris Mason. "Then the team realized that it was game time because Union was coming at us hard and we picked it up and got back in the game."
"We struggled a little with getting possession of the center draws, but eventually our defense started to click and we settled down," added Mason.
The Ephs also outscored Union in the second half by a 9-6 margin to claim a 16-9 victory and extend their winning streak to three.
After Mallory Toolan scored off a feed from Jackie Hagopian and Natalie Sullivan netted a free position goal Union was on top 2-0 just 65 seconds into the game. It took Williams almost seven minutes to get on the scoreboard. The Ephs answered the Union pair of goals with three straight goals. Jenna Chodos got Williams on the board at 23:12 when she scored on a free position with Ephs in a man-up situation.
At exactly 16:00 of the first half Union's Cailin Pandolfi tied the contest at three when she scored unassisted.
The Ephs took the lead for good just a minute and 45 seconds later when Emma Tenbarge (the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week) scored off a pass from Suzanna Penikis and the Ephs were up 4-3. That goal sparked the Eph attack to notch three additional unanswered goals; two by Kara Wollmers and another from Tenbarge
Union collected 13 ground balls in the first half to the Ephs' 10. Union had 10 turnovers to the Ephs' 8. Eph goalie Margaret Draper recorded eight saves in the half, while Union goalie Jen Hughes turned aside nine Eph attempts.
In the second half Union twice cut the Eph lead to three thanks to the efforts of Jackie Hagopian who scored on both sides of an Eph goal by Katie Pattison. Pattison collected a draw control loose ball just over midfield and raced in on goal to score unassisted.
An unassisted goal by the Ephs' Kallie Saudek at 24:39 gave Williams a four-goal lead and Union was unable to get any closer the remainder of the way.
On the day Eph goalie Margaret Draper stopped 13 of 22 Union shots while a trio of Union goalies stopped 14 of 30 Eph shots.
"I thought Margaret Draper had a strong game in goal for us, Katie Gallop gave us a real spark and it was nice to see Katie Pattison race up the field and score, because she has been dealing with some injuries," noted Mason. "Kat Fearey was also solid on defense for us today as well.
Both teams collected 18 ground balls in the contest. Union committed 16 turnovers to the Ephs' 11. The Dutchwomen won 15 of the 27 draw controls.
Next up for Union is a road contest at Babson College on Thursday that will begin at 5:00 p.m.
The Ephs will also play on the road on Thursday as they travel to Brunswick, Maine where they will take on Bowdoin in a NESCAC contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.