WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - Williams sophomore midfielder Meredith Wright notched one goal and one assist as the Ephs defeated the Wesleyan Cardinals with a final score of 3-0. Wright's assist in the first ten minutes of action set up the first goal of the game and her unassisted goal came just three minutes later.
With the win, Williams improves to 8-4 with a 4-3 record in the NESCAC. Wesleyan fell to 1-9-1 with their loss and are now 0-6 in the NESCAC. This is the fourth straight season in which the Williams women have defeated their Little Three rivals from Wesleyan. Julia Cochran
Action started early for the Ephs as a penalty corner at 8:40 saw a Katie Gallop shot on goal blocked by Wesleyan traffic in front of the net.
The Ephs' didn't have to wait much longer for a score however, as Meredith Wright redirected a pass in front of the net and set up a goal by sophomore forward at 9:15, putting Williams up 1-0.
Just minutes later, Wright was in front of the net again and laid down her stick for a rebound that slid past Wesleyan keeper Edelman for an unassisted goal at 12:35, extending the Ephs lead to 2-0.
Keeping the pressure up, the Ephs found shots on goal at 14:07 by junior forward Kate Pattison and again at 19:09 by senior Rachel Brisette, but both shots were blocked by keeper Claire Edelman with a pair of standing saves.
Wesleyan had a scoring opportunity at 24:00 by first year Erica Horowitz as she beat her defender near the top of the circle, but a sliding Margaret Draper prevented the shot attempt.
Williams saw three penalty corner opportunities in three minutes from the 25th to 28th minutes with Hannah Goodrick inserting to Katie Gallop each time, but some strong defense and a save by Clair Edelman kept all three out of the net.
After the game, Eph head coach Alix Barrale noted "I thought our passing was very good. We were jumping on every ball and playing with great intensity. These were the things we struggled with on Tuesday at Hamilton that we were trying to correct . This is a great game to get momentum going forward as we're about to play Bowdoin, Tufts, and Middlebury, the top three in the NESCAC."
The Ephs led in penalty corners at 8-2 and in shots at 17-2. Their next contest is tomorrow at 1:00 PM as they take on Bowdoin at home. The Cardinals head to Middlebury tomorrow for a noon contest.