WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The Williams College Ephs (11-5, NESCAC 6-4) topple the Amherst Mammoths (10-6, NESCAC 5-5) in a 4-2 victory with the winning goal by junior Meredith Wright, advancing them to the semi-finals of the NESCAC Tournament. Wright shot a hard ball to the corner off the net from a great pass by senior Alex Bennett at 21:18 to move the Ephs to 3-1 in the first half.
The day began with a couple early green cards for Amherst's first year Anna Agathis at 5:53 followed by a green card for Williams' sophomore Marissa Feller at 6:13. With the pressure up, Amherst picked up the first penalty corner of the game at 8:25 and the first shot by junior Shannon Tierney but saved by Eph goalie, sophomore Abbie Lloyd.
The first goal came from a shot by Mammoth junior Emery Sorvino assisted by senior Mary Grace Cronin at 12:56, but the Ephs answered back with a quick goal by Bennett at 14:10. The Ephs picked up their first penalty corner at 14:56 and produced a hard shot from Bennett with a save from Mammoth goalie, sophomore Emilie Flammie.
The Ephs kept the pressure on with a 18:10 penalty corner, hitting the back of the net with a goal by Bennett assisted by senior Hannah Goodrick at 18:38. The Ephs maintained possession and notched another goal, that would be the winning goal at 21:18.
The Mammoths made their way down the field, with two hard shots from Tierney and Sorvino at 24:37 and 24:53 both saved by Lloyd. The Mammoths final effort of the half came at 30:21 with a shot from Cronin saved by Lloyd.
The Ephs ended the half with another goal at 33:08 off a penalty corner at 32:40. A solid pass from Goodrick to Bennett gave the senior forward a great shot at the goal, advancing the Ephs' lead to 4-1 at the half. Mammoth goalie Flammie had one save at the half while Eph goalie Lloyd had four in the first half, totaling eight for the day. Junior Katie Savage took over in the box for the Mammoths in the second half.
The second half saw an aggressive offense from the Mammoths, with two shots in the first five minutes of the half from junior Megan Shea and Tierney at 36:35 and 39:05, both saved by Lloyd. The only shot in for the Ephs in the second half came from the stick of Bennett at 44:00, but goalie Savage was able to bounce the shot away from the goal. Amherst players Elizabeth Turnbull and Kendall Codey picked up two green cards at 45:15 and 48:41.
The Mammoths picked up a penalty corner at 57:03, producing a hard shot from junior Codey, and Lloyd laid out for a critical save. After a battle for possession, two more Mammoths, Caroline Feely and Codey, were given a yellow card and a green card. The Mammoths found the back of the net with a late goal at 67:20, bringing the score to 4-2 with less than 3 minutes left in the game. Amherst notched 2 more penalty corners and a final shot at 69:46 by Codey, saved by Lloyd.
Eph Coach Alix Barrale noted the success of her goalie, "Lloyd battled in the goal box, and it was crucial in our win today. We did a great job combating the Amherst defense while still being explosive offensively. Overall, this was a great win for our team and the program, and I'm excited to move more into postseason and really show what our team is capable of."
The win improved the Ephs series record against the Mammoths to 28-19-1. This game also ended the 9 game win streak Amherst has maintained against the Ephs since 2006.
The Ephs will advance to the semi-finals of the NESCAC Tournament next Saturday, against Trinity at 1:30 p.m. at top-seeded Middlebury.