WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – In the Williams College Ephs (5-3) first game back home since September 17th, they faced off against the Springfield Pride (4-5) in an out of conference game. The Ephs controlled the entire game, scoring 6 goals in the first half and 2 in the second half to come away with an 8-0 win.
The Ephs hit the ground running, immediately carrying the ball down to the Springfield half and drawing a penalty corner just 45 seconds into the game. Keeping the ball in this end, Williams got two shots on goal early in the game, scoring on the second. At 3:06, senior Rachel Brissette got the ball on the right side of the field inside the circle and sent a shot on goal, deflecting off a Springfield defender and landing in the back of the net.
After maintained offensive pressure, the Ephs were able to get on the board again at 14:29. With both teams fighting for possession, generating traffic in front of the goal, senior defenseman Katie Gallop came away with the ball and pushed it through the Pride defense. Gallop placed the ball to the left side of the cage behind Springfield's goalie, Emmalie Drake, marking her first goal of the season.
Exactly twenty seconds later, Williams scored again with a goal by senior Kit Rosen. The Ephs quickly got the ball up field, where Alex Bennett collected it and dribbled into the circle. She made a centering pass to Rosen, whose shot connected with the back of the goal making the game 3-0.
The ball remained in Springfield's end, forcing Emmalie Drake to make several nice stops for the Pride. Drake, along with the rest of Springfield's defense, held Williams off for almost 15 minutes, but the Ephs were able to strike again. Sophomore Libby Dolan got the ball in close to the cage and took a backhand sweep shot on net. Drake made the save, but the ball popped back out to Dolan, who picked up her own rebound and sent it into the net.
Less than a minute and a half later, Maggie Shilling got possession of the ball just inside the circle and took a high shot towards the left side of the net. Senior Brigid Bruno, who was positioned in front of the left post, deflected the shoulder-high shot into the top left corner of the goal giving the Ephs a 5-0 lead at 31:02.
The Ephs did not let down for the rest of the half, allowing them to notch another goal just 31 seconds after the prior one. The team got the ball back up field into the Pride's half, where Libby Dolan gained possession and dribbled into the circle. Emmalie Drake came out of the cage to play the ball, but Dolan made an impressive move around the goalie. Out of desperation, Drake dove on the turf to stop the ball, but Dolan slipped it around her to score her second of the game. As the clock wound down to end the half, the Ephs tallied 13 shots on net, to Springfield's 0.
Williams carried their momentum with them into the second half, scoring just 2:18 in. Junior Kate Pattison carried the ball deep into the circle on the right side of the field. Before she reached the goal line, she made a beautiful centering pass, which travelled entirely across the front of the net and landed on Dolan's stick. Dolan, who was waiting backdoor, one-timed the ball to the bottom left corner of the goal earning her first collegiate hat trick.
With continued Eph pressure, the Pride prevented Williams from scoring for over fifteen minutes, until they gave up a penalty corner at 53:21. Off of this corner, first year Emma Ticknor inserted the ball to the top left side of the circle where defenseman, Caroline Taverna was positioned. Taverna collected the pass and blasted a shot towards the goal. A Pride defenseman, who was running out to block the shot, deflected the ball over the heads of the rest of her defense and goalie, allowing the ball to hit the netting in the top part of the cage. This impressive goal marked Taverna's first career goal as an Eph.
Williams had 20 shots on goal and 9 penalty corners to Springfield's 0 shots on goal and 0 penalty corners.
"Everything finally came together. Our goal was to score 3 goals and we did it within 15 minutes, which changed the whole pace of the game," said head coach, Alix Barrale. "We came out on fire and were in sync with each other. I really think we stepped up today both offensively and defensively and it is always nice when everyone can play and contribute."
The Ephs will travel to New London, CT to play Conn College this Saturday at 1pm.