WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The No. 10 Ephs came back from a 2-1 deficit in the second half to defeat No. 11 Hamilton 3-2 on a 63:24 goal from junior forward Libby Dolan assisted by junior forward Julia Cochran.
The match-up between the Ephs (9-2, NESCAC 5-2) and the Continentals(7-5, NESCAC 4-4) proved to be a tough game from the beginning, with both teams battling for control of the ball. Hamilton gained two early penalty corners at 0:26 and 7:33 but were unable to produce any shots on goal. The first shot of the game came from the Ephs in close by Meredith Wright but was saved by Continental goalie Julia Booth.
After 7 more penalty corners for Hamilton, the first goal of the game was scored by Continental senior Margaret Revera on a pass from first-year Cat Donahue at 29:09. The Ephs quickly fired back with a tricky shot by Dolan at 31:58. But before the half ended Hamilton notched another tally at 33:40 by junior Tatiana Bradley. Eph head Alix Barrale noted how "Hamilton came out strong and fast, and beat us to a lot of balls. But our defense and Emma Santucci in the box kept us in the game in the first half."
At the half, Eph goalie Emma Santucci had one save and allowed two goals, while Continental goalie Booth had two saves and allowed one goal. Sophomore Abby Lloyd took over in the box in the second half for the Ephs.
The second half of the game saw several hard hit shots on goal from senior forward Alex Bennett at 44:31 and 45:36 as well as a close swing from Dolan at 50:37 off of a Eph penalty corner. All three shots were saved by Booth, but Wright found the back of the net with a 56:06 shot that would tie the game with just under 14 minutes left in the game.
The Ephs and Continentals both fought for dominance over the ball, but the Ephs netted the game-winner goal at 63:24 off a penalty corner. The shot came from Libby Dolan assisted by junior forward Julia Cochran.
After a quick timeout from Hamilton following the goal, the Ephs and Continentals took to the field, where Hamilton goalie Booth was sidelined in favor of an extra defenseman. Though the box was unmanned, the Eph didn't find any threatening shots and at the other end of the field goalie Abby Lloyd defended the Eph goal at 64:44 to keep the Ephs ahead
On the game, Barrale praised her team on the way they "turned it around in the second half," noting that "once we got a fast pace, high risk game going, we knew there was no way we were going to lose this game."
The Ephs next match-up will be away against Wesleyan at 12pm this upcoming Saturday.