HARTFORD, CONN. -- The #19-ranked Williams College field hockey Ephs (1-0/1-0 NESCAC) in their season opener today upset the #10-ranked Trinity College Bantams (1-1/0-1 NESCAC), 3-2.
Eph junior forward Meredith Wright's goal at 38:50 was the game-winner and came just 1:13 after Trinity had netted their first goal, extending the Eph lead to 3-1. Alex Bennett assisted on the Wright tally.
Bennett scored both Eph first half goals in the game's first 11 minutes with assists going to Meredith Wright on the first goal and Hannah Goodrick assisting on the second goal. On the day Bennett fired off 12 shots and 10 were on goal.
Trinity goalie Lori Berger turned aside eight shots by the Ephs in the first half and allowed two goals, while the Eph goalie junior Emma Santucci stopped all three shots by the Bantams.
Williams carried play from the start and did not allow a Trinity shot on goal until 20:43 of the first half had elapsed. Santucci was tested at 28:48 on a shot by Alison Slowe, but she kept the Bantams off the scoreboard. In the first half Santucci stopped all three shots she faced.
Eph head coach Alix Barrale put sophomore Abby Lloyde in goal. When asked about the substitution, Barrale answered, "The switch was planned before the game and both goalies have great strengths that we wanted to play to. Emma is a calming force on the field while Abby has a ton of energy that really helps us on defense, especially in the second half during fatigue."
The second half opened with Trinity scoring on a shot by Kelcie Finn at 37:25. Meredith Wright was quick to answer the Finn tally just over a minute later and the Ephs restored their two-goal advantage.
A great defensive save by the Ephs Marissa Feller at 45:25 off a shot by Kelcie Finn protected the Eph two-goal margin, but Trinity did score a second goal on the day when Finn found Chandler Solimine in the circle with a pass and Solmine slotted the ball past Santucci at 51:42. Eph head coach Alix Barrale noted her focus on Kelcie Finn, stating that "Our plan was to faceguard her with Isabel Perry marking her tightly. She's an incredible offensive force and we knew her having any freedom on the field would be deadly." The Ephs held the 2016 NESCAC Player of the Year to 6 shots in the game.
Eoh goalie Abby Lloyd made three saves and allowed two goals in 35 minutes, while Trinity's Lori Berger played all 70 minutes and stopped 10 of 13 Eph shots.
The Ephs have now defeated Trinity four times in a row, including a NESCAC Quarterfinal victory in 2016.
Next up for the Ephs is a 6:30 p.m. contest at home on September 13 versus Mount Holyoke.