CLINTON, NY – The Williams College women's lacrosse team (5-6/2-5 NESCAC) defeated Hamilton College (4-7/2-5 NESCAC) 12-11 on Steuben Field.
Williams shrugged off a four-goal first half deficit, 5-1, to score five consecutive goals to take a 6-5 lead into the halftime break. Hamilton tied the game at six and at nine in the second half, but the Ephs got two goals from Emma Tenbarge and one from Kara Wollmers down the stretch and goalie Ana Alvarenga made two saves in the final minute to secure the win.
Forty-two seconds in off an opening draw control win the Ephs' Olivia Gomez scored unassisted, but Hamilton tied the contest 25 seconds later when they won the draw control and Tessa Ryan scored off a feed from Nicole Lyons. Just 40 seconds later at 28:13 Hamilton took a 2-1 lead when Kara Pooley converted on a free position opportunity. Tessa Ryan gave the Continentals a two-goal lead, 3-1, at 27:02 when she tallied an unassisted goal; forcing Eph head coach Alice Lee to call a timeout.
The Hamilton lead grew to three, 4-1, at 23:37 when Nicole Lyons scored with the assist being credited to Savannah Ryan. At 22:14 the Ephs' Emma Tenbarge was denied on a free position attempt by Hamilton goalie Hannah Burrall. Hamilton's Courtney Pierre converted on a free position goal shortly after and the Continentals owned a 5-1 lead with exactly 20 minutes left in the first half.
The Ephs drew within two goals, 5-3, when Kallie Saudek fed Emma Tenbarge for a score with 16:38 left in the half.
Olivia Gomez scored her second goal of the half at 14:41, extending the string of Eph goals to three and Hamilton now owned a 5-4 lead. The Continentals called a timeout to re-group. Out of the Hamilton timeout Claire Fitzpatrick won the draw control and Emma Tenbarge's bid to knot the score hit the crossbar.
With 10:07 left in the half Hamilton's Hannah Burrall stopped a free position shot from the Ephs' Kara Wollmers to keep the score 5-4 in the Continentals' favor.
With only seven seconds remaining in the half the Ephs' Kara Wollmers' free position attempt was blocked by Burrall, but Wollmers was first to the rebound and she tallied the Ephs' sixth goal of the half.
The tiebreaking Wollmers goal was jump-started by the Ephs' Isabel Perry who caused a turnover and recorded a ground ball pickup with two minutes left in the half
The Ephs scored the first and last goals of the first half and took a 6-5 lead into the break. In the first 30minutes of play the Ephs fired off nine shots on goal, while the Continentals managed five. Hamilton goalie Hannah Burrall made three saves and the Ephs' Kami Cisneros did not register a save.
The draw controls were even at six each and the ground balls were a dozen for both teams. Hamilton had 13 turnovers in the first half, while the Ephs had 12. Williams caused six turnovers and the Continentals caused five.
Hamilton's Darby Philbrick opened the scoring in the second half and her unassisted score stopped the string of Eph unanswered goals at five, tying the contest at six all just over a minute in.
The Ephs regained the lead, 7-6, when Claire Fitzpatrick setup Kara Wollmers for a goal at 26:28. Emma Tenbarge's third goal (unassisted) with the Ephs a man-up put Williams in front 8-6 with 22:39 to play.
The Continentals got one goal back at when Kara Pooley answered with an unassisted tally at 21:58 to narrow the Eph lead to one, 8-7, however the Ephs responded to the Pooley score with a third goal of the day by Olivia Gomez. Meghan Halloran registered an assist on the goal that extended the Eph lead to two, 9-7, at 20:56.
Hamilton's Nicole Lyons was issued a yellow card with 15:46 remaining in regulation and slightly over a minute later the Continental's Skyler Simson netted an unassisted goal with her team down a man. Williams now led 9-8.
Hamilton called timeout after the Simson goal and before the draw control was started. The Continentals tied the game at nine with 12:20 left to play when Jackie Cuddy scored off a feed from Tessa Ryan.
The Hamilton lead lasted just 33 seconds as Emma Tenbarge's fourth goal of the contest put Williams on top 10-9 with 11:47 to play. Kallie Saudek eared the assist on the goal by Tenbarge. Tenbarge then netted her fifth goal of the game on a free position opportunity with 10:30 left and Williams now led, 11-9.
Moments after Hamilton forced a Williams turnover the Continentals called timeout with 7:55 left in the game and trailing 11-9. The Ephs' Meghan Halloran caused a turnover and recorded a ground ball pickup with 7:06 to play.
Isabel Perry recorded another key caused turnover and groundball pickup while Hamilton was in the offensive zone giving the Ephs the ball with 4:35 remaining. The Ephs successfully cleared the ball and Kara Wollmers converted off a pass from Caroline Hogan and the Eph lead was now three, 12-9, with 4:03 left.
Eph goalie Ana Alvarenga denied Nicole Lyons at 3:21 preserving the Eph lead, 12-9. Hamilton's Darby Philbrick scored unassisted with 2:02 left to play and the Eph lead was now two, 12-10.
The draw control after the Philbrick goal was collected by the Ephs' Claire Fitzpatrick. The Ephs moved the ball into the offensive zone, where with 1:29 left to play they called a timeout.
After a Williams turnover Ana Alvarenga was called on to make two saves in eight seconds, first stopping a shot by Kara Pooley at 1:01 and then denying Honor Gabriel with 53 seconds left, preserving the two-goal lead. Pooley was back again with 35 seconds remaining and she scored to halve the Ephs lead, now at 12:11.
Hamilton won the draw control after the Pooley goal but the Ephs' Meghan Halloran caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball to run out the clock.
After the game Eph head coach Alice Lee noted that, "Isabel Perry was superwoman today as she caused key turnovers and collected the ground balls. All of our players went hard and supported each other throughout the game. Our defense came up with big stops and we asked our offense to keep firing. They were confident in each other regardless of the score."
"Ana Alvarenga had some big saves for us late and I was impressed with how we kept our composure when we were down early and when Hamilton tied the game twice in the second half," added Lee.
Hamilton goalie Hannah Burrall made eight saves and allowed 12 goals in 55:57, while Eleni Neyland was not called on to make a save in the final 4:03
Hamilton had a slight edge in draw controls winning 13 to the Ephs' 12. Williams caused 15 turnovers, while the Continentals caused 12.
Next up for the Ephs is a road game on Saturday in Waterville, Maine where they will play Colby at 12:00 PM.