WILLIAMSTOWN, MA --Williams College head coach Alix Barrale was expecting a challenging, physical match-up with long-time non-conference rival Springfield Wednesday night and she and her team experienced just that as the Pride battled Williams stroke for stroke.
However, a Hannah Goodrick goal in the game's 13th minute turned out to be the difference as No. 19 Williams held on for a 1-0 victory and improved to 7-2 in the process. The Pride fell to 4-5 on the season.
"I think the thing I am most excited about was our composure," Barrale said. " I feel like everybody had the right mindset. A lot of times these games come down to mental toughness and that was certainly the case tonight."
Eph goalkeeper Margaret Draper registered two stops in the win. The Ephs held a 13-7 advantage in shots, and an 8-7 margin in penalty corners. Springfield goalkeeper Timarie Villa finished the contest with three saves,
Williams got on the board just 12:06 into the contest, when Goodrick sent in a penalty corner to Annie VanWagenen who fired a shot on cage. After Villa stopped the initial chance, the ball bounced to Goodrick, who was able to find the back of the net to give the Ephs a 1-0 advantage.
Springfield, which had five of its seven shots in the second half, was relentless all game, as the Pride had a few chances down the stretch, but Draper and the stingy Williams' defense was able to hold the Pride at bay.
"It was a very physical game," Barrale said. "I like having a game like this before Conn. because our conference games are always like that and this helps us in our preparation."
Williams battles Connecticut College Saturday at 1 p.m. on Williamson Field.