CLINTON, NY— In their last regular season NESCAC game of the season, Williams College (9-6) defeated Hamilton College (6-9) by a score of 3-1.
For the Ephs, this was a game of possession. They out shot the Continentals by almost twice as much, as the Ephs had 16 shots and Hamilton had 9. In the first half of play, most scoring opportunities were released from the sticks of the Ephs. First year Alex Bennett and senior co-captain Caitlin Conlon put up two very close attempts, but goalkeeper Victoria Trentini and her defense denied them. For much of the game, Eoh head coach Alix Barrale said "Alex Bennett and junior Annie VanWagenen dominated the offense. They worked very well together."
Hamilton turned the game around at 23:50. On the team's second attempt of the half, Aubrey Coon put in the first goal of the game. Her fourth goal of the season put the Continentals up 1-0.
With just thirty seconds left in the half, Bennett's relentless efforts tied up the game. Off an assist on a corner from sophomore Katie Gallop, Bennett sailed the ball past the keeper to even out the score for the start of the second half.
After the start of the second half Hamilton goalkeeper Victoria Trentini came up with multiple saves before Williams put in another goal to take the lead. With just over ten minutes left in the second half, Annie VanWagenen collected a pass from Alex Bennett and nailed it past the keeper to put the Ephs in the lead, 2-1.
Williams scored once more to solidify the win at 55:06. Bennett, again, put one away after testing Trentini four times in the second half. Bennett gathered a ball that was sent into the circle and finished with a solid shot in front of the net.
Of her team's performance tonight, Barrale said "overall the team clicked well with great passing. Once we scored we were able to turn it up a notch."
Bennett's strong performance today gives the Ephs hope for a solid run in the NESCAC tournament. Williams is seeded sixth and will face number three Trinity this Saturday at 1:00 PM in Hartford. Due to the Ephs' earlier win against the Bantams this year, Barrale has high expectations. Despite the losing season, Hamilton received the last seed and will face the number one seed Bowdoin.
2014 NESCAC FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, November 1 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Hamilton at No. 1 Bowdoin – 1:00 p.m.
No. 7 Colby at No. 2 Middlebury – 1:00 p.m.
No. 6 Williams at No. 3 Trinity – 1:00 p.m.
No. 5 Tufts at No. 4 Amherst – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 8 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinals – games at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed
Remaining first round winners
Sunday, November 9
Final - 12:00 p.m.