WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – In their second conference matchup of the season, the Williams College field hockey team (2-2, NESCAC 1-1) fell to the Colby College Mules (2-2, NESCAC 1-1) 2-1. The Ephs scored off of penalty stroke early in the second half to take the lead, but the Mules responded with two goals to secure the win.
Although the first half was scoreless, the Ephs had a strong half with a lot of maintained offensive pressure. They had multiple great scoring opportunities, but were not able to convert them into any goals. Their offensive play in this half led to 6 shots on goal and earned them 9 penalty corners to Colby's mere 2 shots on goal and 1 penalty corner.
Williams continued this offensive drive into the second half. At 37:23, following several scoring chances in the circle, Hannah Goodrick received a penalty stroke. This was caused by a foul on Mules' goalie, Emily Buckman, which gave the Ephs a big opportunity to break the tie. Goodrick took full advantage of the chance and shot low and hard to the bottom left corner of the net, placing it behind Buckman and giving Williams the lead.
Despite spending much of the game in their half, the Mules did not let down. Colby's head coach, Kelly Terwilliger, called a timeout at 54:36 and got her team to regain their focus and composure. After the timeout, the Mules came out with much more pressure and drive, allowing them to generate momentum for the first time in the game. Less than two minutes after the timeout, Colby capitalized on their newfound spark to tie the game at 1. At 56:18 off of a corner, Anna Rudinski inserted the ball and passed to Kallie Hutchinson. Hutchinson collected it at the top of the circle and drove it to the back of the net on the left side past Eph goalie, Margaret Draper.
Colby's first goal created even more momentum, which led to increased offensive force. Off of another corner, Colby's Caroline Ferguson received the ball at the top of the circle and took a quick shot towards the net. Draper was able to see the shot head on to make the stop. After about a minute of action in the Ephs' circle with both teams scrambling to gain possession of the ball, Colby senior Tori Brown found the ball on her stick and pushed it past Draper on the right side of the net. This marked Brown's first collegiate goal, which came just minutes after Hutchinson's. The Mules were able to hold off Williams for the rest of the game to give them their first NESCAC win of the season.
The Ephs ended the game with an impressive 18 penalty corners and 13 shots on goal to the Mules' 4 penalty corners and 6 shots on goal. Margaret Draper made 4 saves for Williams and Emily Buckman made 11 for Colby.
"I'm very disappointed in our performance because we did not finish or capitalize on our opportunities," said Ephs' head coach Alix Barrale. "We really lacked that urgency and took for granted our 18 corners. If we have the ball up on attack and are getting 22 shots and are not finishing, then we are making mental errors. Colby is a competitive team and played really hard, but I am just disappointed with how we played. I am glad we have a game on Tuesday, though, because we will need to regroup and refocus to play well against Smith."
For their next game, the Ephs will travel to Smith College this Tuesday at 7pm.