MIDDLEBURY, VT- The No. 7 Ephs (11-5, NESCAC 6-4) fall to No. 17 Trinity Bantams(12-5, NESCAC 5-5) in overtime after making a great second half comeback. The final goal came at 71:08 off a breakaway play from Kelcie Finn assisted by Kendall Brown.
The day began with a quick first goal by the Bantams' Finn assisted by Ellie Tate at 3:34. The Ephs fired back with a hard shot from senior Alex Bennett at 5:59, but Bantam goalie Lori Berger came in for the save. The Ephs played strong defensively, keeping the Bantams offense away from the circle until a 17:49 penalty corner. Finn netted a ball from Chandler Solomine off the penalty corner from Nicole Quinlan at 18:06.
The Ephs pushed offensively at the end of the half with two quick shots from Bennett and sophomore Emma Ticknor at 32:26 and 32:33, but were both blocked. Ticknor aimed a final shot at the goal at 34:13, but hit the pad of Berger, ending the half with no goals for Williams.
The second half saw the Eph offense come out strong with a 38:27 penalty corner followed by a goal from Bennett at 38:41. The Ephs and the Bantams fought for dominance throughout the half with two hard shots from junior Libby Dolan at 54:45 and junior Julia Cochran at 60:48, both saved by Berger.
Another penalty corner followed Cochran's shot at 60:49 and Bennett found the back of the net again at 60:57, tieing the game up for the Ephs. The Ephs kept the pressure up, with another penalty corner at 65:18 and two tough shots by Bennett at 65:59 and junior Meredith Wright at 67:13, but the score remained 2-2.
A great defensive save by Priya Sivalingman at 63:05 kept the Ephs in the game when the Bantams' lead scorer Finn threatened, and the game went into overtime.
The Ephs held possession of the ball in their half at the beginning of the period, but Finn quickly broke away and ended the game on a 71:08 solo shot past Lloyd on the right.
The EPhs will now wait until 11:30 p.m. tomorrow to see if they are extended an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament field that includes 24 teams.
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