WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Coming off a 4-0 loss to Amherst, Williams College field hockey (6-2/NESCAC 3-2) demonstrated their resilience in their second game of the weekend, defeating the Bates College Bobcats (3-3/NESCAC 1-3) 3-0. Sophomore, Hannah Goodrick tallied 2 goals and junior, Rachel Brissette added another to power the Ephs past Bates.
Although neither team was able to capitalize in the first half, Williams had some offensive chances and controlled the play to keep Bates on their heels. The Ephs would later use this momentum in the second half to put the ball in the back of the cage and prevent Bates from getting on the scoreboard. "Bates has a high-pressure, tough defense and a really great goalie," said Williams' head coach Alix Barrale, "so we had to work extremely hard to break through.
At the 37:50 mark, off of their first penalty corner of the second half, senior Annie VanWagenen received the ball at the top of the circle and rifled a shot towards the net. Rachel Brissette deflected VanWagenen's shot redirecting the ball between the legs of Bobcat goalie Cristina Vega and into the back of the net.
The Ephs struck again at 53:42 off of another corner. After Vega blocked the initial shot from VanWagenen, Hannah Goodrick gained possession of the ball in close to the net, directly in front of Vega. With not much room to work with, Goodrick managed to maintain possession of the ball and slip a shot past Vega and into the net.
Goodrick added another goal at the 64:37 mark. Off of a corner, junior Kit Rosen received the ball a few feet outside the top of the circle and blasted a beautiful shot towards the left side of the net. The ball escaped all of the defensive traffic and headed towards Hannah Goodrick. Goodrick, who was wide open just to the left of the net, collected the ball and shot past Bates' goalie to score the third and final goal of the game.
Williams finished the game with 11 shots on goal and 10 penalty corners and Bates had 3 shots on goal and 4 penalty corners. Margaret Draper made 3 stops for the Ephs and Cristina Vega had 8 for the Bobcats.
"I am very proud of our team from bouncing back from a tough loss yesterday," said Barrale "It was really important that we come out fired up, focused, and intense, and that is exactly what we did. We set certain goals before the game started and met them all, which is pretty exciting too."
The Ephs will take the field again away at Springfield this Wednesday at 7pm.