NEW LONDON, CONN. – In a game that featured 21 goals and no team owning a lead of more than one goal, the Williams Ephs (1-3/1-2 NESCAC) outlasted host Conn College Camels (2-3/0-3 NESCAC), 11-10.
The win was the Ephs' first of the season and the first under new head coach Alice Lee.
Lee noted, "Our defense made some big stops in the second half and gave us momentum going into the offensive end."
Connecticut College received a yellow card with 1:23 remaining and was forced to play a man down for the remainder of the game. The Penikis feed to Wollmers came from the right side. Wollmers converted that pass into the game-winner with a quick catch and shoot. The goal was Wollmers' second of the game. Penikis recorded her second assist of the game on the play and she also added two goals.
The Ephs won the ensuing draw control and moved the ball around for a majority of the last 24.7, but Williams did turn the ball over. However, Conn was unable to mount an attack to net the tying goal before time expired.
The Ephs' Kallie Saudek gave Williams its first lead of the game at 8:44 of the second half when she notched an unassisted goal, putting Williams up 9-8. Conn's Jamie Navroni answered the Saudek goal 46 seconds later when she was assisted by Julie Loesch at 7:58.
With just over 6 minutes remaining in regulation Williams regained the lead on an unassisted goal by Louisa Ebby, but Conn netted the equalizer with just 100 seconds left on a Julie Loesch unassisted score.
When the Ephs' Claire Fitzpatrick won the draw control after the Loesch goal and Williams was attacking a Camel player was whistled for a yellow card at 1:23, prompting Eph head coach Alice Lee to call timeout.
In the team huddle Lee told her team to, "Stay composed and use the clock to our advantage as we worked for the last look." The execution by the Ephs was spot on.
Taking advantage of the man-up opportunity the Ephs held the ball for nearly a minute before Penikis and Wollmers teamed up for the game-winner.
First year Claire Fitzpatrick led the Eph attack with five goals. Conn's Jamie Navroni also tallied five goals on the day and she assisted on one goal.
The Ephs used two goalies on the day with Ana Alvarenga playing the first 30 minutes and making 8 saves, while allowing five goals. Kami Cisneros played the final 30 minutes and she recorded eight saves and allowed five goals.
Megan Mullin played the entire 60 minutes for Conn and she allowed 11 goals and stopped 11 Eph shots.
Next up for the Ephs is a two-game trip to Edgewood, Florida, where they will play Calvin College at 7:30 PM on March 19 and then take on Farmingdale State on March 21 at 7:00 PM.