Williamstown, MA- The #13 ranked Williams College Ephs (8-2) defeated the #12 Skidmore College Thoroughbreds (6-4) in an exciting 4-0 late afternoon game between two top 20 nationally ranked teams.
The Ephs came out aggressively putting pressure on the Thoroughbred senior goaltender Zoe Mcguire. Senior Hannah Goodrick broke through with the first goal of the game off of a pass from sophomore Isabel Perry at 5:37. The Williams College Ephs continued their offensive showing, firing off 15 shots in the first half (12 on goal).
At 20:58 junior Meredith Wright joined in on the scoring action with a goal of her own assisted by junior Libby Dolan, and Wright later doubled her scoring tally for the half at 25:53 with the assist coming from freshman Molly Lohss.
Junior Gabby Hyman of the Thoroughbreds had their one shot on goal in the first half at 26:34 on a breakaway, but junior goalie Emma Santucci made a spectacular save to preserve the shutout. Emma Santucci also picked up the win for today's game.
After a couple of minutes of back and forth action, senior Alex Bennett added to the Ephs' lead with a goal of her own at 29:07.
Sophomore goalie Maddie Carre entered the game for Skidmore at 30:18 and finished the first half for the thoroughbreds. The Thoroughbreds finished the half with an offensive burst with a shot coming from junior Emily Richmond but was blocked on its way towards the net.
The first half ended with the Ephs owning a 4-0 lead over the Thoroughbreds.
The second half saw the entry of sophomore goalie Abby Lloyd for the Ephs and a return of goalie Zoe Mcguire for the Thoroughbreds. Williams came out with the same energy they started the game with, but the Skidmore came prepared and made several defensive key plays. Most notably a defensive save by junior Thoroughbred Marissa Folts against Julia Cochran's shot at 37:21, and several saves by goalie Zoe Mcguire. However, the Thoroughbreds could not break through on Abby Lloyd in the second half.
In the end, Williams preserved the shutout and defeated Skidmore in a well fought 4-0 game.
On the game, Eph head coach Alix Barale said, "I thought we came out with a lot of focus. We were first to every ball and everybody played well together, and when your team plays well together that makes all the difference."
The Eph's next match will be a NESCAC game against Hamilton College at 5 pm at home on October 11th.