KEENE, NH- The #7 Williams College Ephs topped the Keene State Owls in a 3-1 win this evening.
The Ephs improved to 11-2 with the victory. It is the most wins in a single season for a team at Williams since 2006. The Owls saw their record fall to 10-7.
The Ephs gained early offensive strength with a 5:38 penalty corner but the first shot of the game did not come until 10:34 from junior forward Julia Cochran followed by another quick shot from her at 10:50. Both shots were saved by Owl goalie Rachel Loseby.
The Ephs fired back with two more shots by senior forward Alex Bennett at 11:54 and junior forward junior Libby Dolan. Bennett's shot was saved by goalie Loseby but Dolan's was saved by defenseman Ally McCall. Coach Barrele noted "We had trouble finishing in the first half, but we were always right there in the circle, which kept the pressure up."
At 21:01, the Ephs found the back of the net on a quick shot by junior forward Meredith Wright assisted by freshman forward Molly Lohss. The Ephs totaled three more penalty corners in the half, with one following shot by Bennett at 26:06.
The Owls picked up speed in the final minutes of the first half, with three rapid shots defended by Eph goalie Emma Santucci. On a last second penalty corner at 34:56, Nina Bruno scored on a hard pass from Courtney Jessup, bringing the score to 1-1 at the half.
Goalie Emma Santucci had four saves in the half, allowing one goal. Loseby had 6 saves in the first half, and another ten in the second half totaling 16 for the day. Sophomore Abby Lloyd took over for Santucci in the goalbox going into the second half.
The second half saw the Ephs offensively strong, totaling 8 shots on goal before a net came for Libby Dolan at 53:53. The Ephs quickly added to their lead with a goal by Bennett off a penalty corner from senior forward Hannah Goodrick.
Two goals ahead, the Ephs picked up four penalty corners and three more shots on goals before the half ended. Abby Lloyd defended one shot from junior Julia Babbitt at the final 70:00.
On the game Eph head coach Alix Barrale stated, "I'm proud of our effort as a team throughout this game. In the second half we really dominated offensively, and I think that will be important for us to draw back on coming into our next couple games against Tufts and Middlebury."
The Ephs next game will be a key NESCAC conference contest at home against #6 Tufts Saturday at 1pm.