Ephs Win Season-Opener 3-2 Over St. John Fisher

Libby Dolan '19
Libby Dolan '19

The Williams College field hockey team (1-0) bounced back from allowing an early goal to overcome the St. John Fisher Cardinals (SJFC) on the strength of a hat trick by senior forward Libby Dolan to prevail 3-2.

The opening goal of the contest came off the stick of SJFC's Lauren Fazio who converted off a feed from Bre Socker at 3:40. Socker found a wide open Fazio sitting on the left corner doorstep and Fazio one-time the pass past Eph goalie Emma Santucci.

SJFC's Lauren Fazio, sitting on the left corner of the net redirected a pass from Bre Socker inside the left post to put SJFC up 1-0 at 3:40 

The Eph defense settled down after the Fazio goal and held SJFC to just one additional shot on goal over the final 31:20 of the opening half.

"I think we were just a little nervous and unorganized defensively at the start, but we really settled down after their goal," said Eph head coach Alix Barrale.

The Ephs answered the Fazio goal at 10:01 when Libby Dolan converted on a backhand shot from 12 yards out off a feed from Meredith Wright.

With 1:25 left in first half Bre Socker ran onto a bouncing ball in the circle and her shot from eight yards out was denied by the stick of Emma Santucci, which deflected Socker's shot up and over the top of the net. 

The Ephs registered eight shots on goal in the first half, but the Cardinals' Ashley Maynard turned aside seven to keep the game tied at one at the intermission. 

Williams had seven penalty corner opportunities in the first 35 minutes to just one for SJFC.

In the first half the Eph goalie Emma Santucci stopped one of two shots on goal, while SJFC's Ashley Maynard turned aside seven of eight Eph attempts. 

The two teams went into the intermission tied at 1-1.

Junior Abby Lloyd went in goal in the second half for the Ephs. 

Just under two minutes into the second half Libby Dolan gave the Ephs a 2-1 lead when she scored off the rebound off a shot in close by Julia Cochran that bounced off Maynard onto the stick of Dolan at 36:53.

Ten minutes into the second half the Ephs' Julia Cochran had two shots inside of 10 yards on goal, but Maynard was up to the task and denied both shots keeping the score at 2-1, Williams.

In the 54th minute Abby Lloyd broke up a Bre Socker and Lauren Fazio two on one by coming off her line and kicking the pass from Socker away from an open Fazio.

At 56:31 Libby Dolan recorded her hat trick when she scored off a setup by Claire Fitzpatrick to boost the Ephs' lead to 3-1.

The final goal of the game came at 69:37 off a penalty corner by SJFC. The Cardinals' Bre Socker received the pass from trigger Lauren Fazio and she crushed a shot from just inside the scoring circle into the right hand corner of the goal at 69:38 to make the final score 3-2 in favor of Williams.

In the second half the Ephs fired 13 shots on goal and SJFC managed just two. Abby Lloyd stopped one of the two shots on goal for Williams, while Ashley Maynard stopped 11 shots. On the night Maynard denied 17 of 20 attempts by the Ephs, while the Eph tandem of Emma Santucci and Abby Lloyd combined to stop two of the four SJFC shots on goal.

"I thought we did a good job of controlling the tempo and possession in the second half and was surprised to see that we held them to just four shots on goal in the game," noted Barrale. "Our depth I think was a factor as well as because we never let up. I saw a lot of good things tonight that we can build on."

Next up for the Ephs is their home opener on Saturday at noon when they take on NESCAC foe Trinity on Williamson Field.