WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – In their last home game of the regular season, the Williams College field hockey team (10-4/NESCAC 6-3) fell to the Tufts University Jumbos (10-4/NESCAC 7-2) in overtime by a score of 2-1.
With consistent back and forth play, both teams remained scoreless for almost the entire first half. Although the Jumbos outshot the Ephs in the first half, it was Williams who would strike first. After some offensive pressure by Williams, including several scoring chances and shots on goal, Hannah Goodrick was awarded a penalty stroke at 31:25 into the first half. Goodrick placed her shot to the right side of the net where she hit the post before the ball was directed into the back of the net. Leading the team in both goals and points, this goal was Goodrick's sixth of the season.
The Jumbos came out strong in the second half, getting two shots on net early on before tying the score at 1 with a goal by Hanaa Malik and an assist by Maggie Chapman at 41:00. Chapman passed Malik the ball just inside the circle, where she dribbled slightly closer to the cage and then lofted a shot over Eph goalie, Margaret Draper, and into the net.
The remainder of regulation proved to be scoreless for both sides, despite corner opportunities and multiple shots on goal. When the clock ran out, Tufts was awarded a penalty corner, which gave them one last scoring opportunity to end the game and avoid overtime. Even though a second penalty corner was called based on a defensive error on the first, the Williams defense was able to hold off Tufts, bringing the game into overtime.
Because Williams got a yellow card with less than a minute to play in the second half, the card carried over into overtime forcing the Ephs to play 6v5. "It is really difficult to maintain any possession playing a man down when you are in overtime," said Eph head coach Alix Barrale. Off of a corner at 71:19, Alexandra Jamison received the ball centered at the top of the circle and passed to her left to Dakota Sikes-Keilp. Sikes-Keilp wound up and blasted a shot from just inside the circle, which landed directly in the back of the net giving Tufts the win.
"We cost ourselves the game with the unforced errors and getting called on the five-minute penalties," said Barrale. "We handled the pressure very nicely defensively, but we need to hold ourselves accountable for our actions and our mistakes. Overall, it was not our best performance and a team like Tufts is going to take advantage if we are not at our best."
At the end of the game, the Ephs tallied 8 shots on goal and 5 penalty corners where the Jumbos had 14 shots on goal and 7 penalty corners. Margaret Draper had 12 saves for Williams and Emily Polinski had 7 saves for Tufts.
The Ephs will play their last regular season game this Wednesday away at Middlebury at 6pm.