MEDFORD, MA – Williams College Field Hockey ended their season today with an overall record of 6-9 and a conference record of 4-6. Losing to NESCAC foe, Tufts University (14-1), by a score of 3-0 the Ephs have been knocked out of the NESCAC tournament in the first round.
Williams began the game possessing the ball, taking two shots on goal in the first four minutes of play. The momentum would shift in Tufts' favor abruptly, however, as their first shot on goal connected with the back of the net. Tufts' Allison Rolfe scored off of an assist by teammate Dakota Sikes-Kelp in a give and go play off of a penalty corner. "We definitely took them by surprise in the first five minutes," said coach Alix Barrale. "We were dynamic on offense and created some promising opportunities for ourselves." With the score at 1-0 in the Jumbo's favor, Williams continued to battle for possession, trading shots on goal with their opponent. Tufts was able to take control after the first 15 minutes of play, keeping Williams' offensive opportunities to a minimum for the rest of the half. Tufts would take a total of 11 shots in the first half while Williams' shot count was kept at four for the later 20 minutes of play.
Again, Tufts came out swinging to start the half, connecting with the back of the net early to bring their lead to two goals. At the 36:47 mark, Emily Cannon got off a shot at the top of the circle off of an insert by teammate Alexandra Jamison. This would be the second goal for Tufts off of a successful corner. Only a short while later, Tufts would use the momentum given to them by their two goal lead to put another shot on net and increase their lead to three. This time, Jamison would have her own goal, assisted by Chelsea Yogerst at the 39:08. "Those two goals changed the momentum entirely," said Barrale. "We'd held them off for almost all of the first half after that early goal thanks to clean defense and great goaltending by Ariana, and then they just converted two quick goals very early in the second half. Tufts executed very well today." When Tufts received a green card at the 45:12 mark, Williams hoped to capitalize on their man-up advantage. Haley Ladd-Luthrings would put a shot on net in that time, but it would not sneak past the Tufts goaltender, Bri Keenan. For the rest of the half, Williams and Tufts would take their turns on offense, although neither goalie would see many shots. Tufts would take three more shots while Williams took two, and neither team saw any of them come to fruition. Although the second half proved to be more evenly spread in terms of shots taken, the seven penalty corners that Tufts gained gave them a huge advantage over Williams, who only drew one. With the score at 3-0 in their favor, Tufts kept Williams at bay to finish with a win to move on to the second round of NESCACS. Eph goalie Ariana Spiliotes would finish the game with six saves while Jumbo goalie Keenan would finish with four.
With that, the Ephs say goodbye to seniors Spiliotes, Emily Jablonski, Anne Longobardo, and Emily Pavlini. Said Barrale, "I'm deeply sad that these girls' season is done. You'll always want to see such a great group of athletes end their season on a great run into the post-season, but in the grand scheme of things they really accomplished what is most important: a truly memorable team chemistry." These four seniors will be the last class to have played their entire college career on the current Renzi Lamb Field, as the college is set to begin construction on their athletic facilities in the next week.