Ephs Edge Bantams 1-0 in Home Opener

Ephs Edge Bantams 1-0 in Home Opener

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The Williams College field hockey team (2-0/1-0 NESCAC) opened their home season with a satisfying win over Trinity College (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) on a second half goal by senior Libby Dolan (42:52).

The Ephs opened the game with three early shots from Dolan within the first 10 minutes of the game, two going wide at 4:14 and 9:27 and a shot being saved by Bantam goalie Lori Berger, who notched 5 saves in the first half. The Eph pressure stayed on through the first half, with Williams dominating possession and forcing 5 penalty corners while totaling 7 shots, 5 from Dolan, a hard shot from sophomore Simone Veale (21:48) and sophomore Claire Fitzpatrick at 27:47. But the Ephs offensive dominance did not result in a shot going in the goal past Berger in the first half and the game remained scoreless at the half.

Senior Emma Santucci defended the goal for the Ephs in the first half and was not called on to make a save as the only Trinity shot of the half by Chandler Solimine went wide off the net. Junior Abby Lloyd would step in to the goal for the second half for Williams.

The Bantams notched their first shot of the second half with a wide hot shot off the stick of junior Jordan Ragland at 36:48. The only goal of the game came off the third penalty corner of the half, as sophomore Molly Lohss launched the ball to junior Emma Ticknor who rolled the ball toward the goal and Dolan knocked it past the pad of Berger for the winning goal. Ticknor picked up the assist on the goal. The goal was Dolan's fourth of the season in just two games. 

The Bantams bounced back quickly and the Ephs defense battled against another tough shot from Ragland. As Lloyd dove for a save junior defender Marissa Feller defended the goal from a 44:44 Ragland pitch, keeping the Ephs up 1-0.  

Lloyd defended two more shots from Bantam forwards Alison Slowe and Caroline Curtin and picked up the win for the Ephs, now 2-0 on the season. The Ephs totaled 10 shots in the game and 10 penalty corners.

Coach Alix Barrale noted the energy of her team, "I think we did a great job handling them and being able to pull fresh players from the bench really gave us the spark to keep putting the pressure on. Trinity is one of our biggest rivals, knocking us out in the semi-finals of the NESCAC tournament last year, so we knew what we were in for, but the team did a great job of staying poised and edging them out at every opportunity."

Up next for the Ephs is a home game against NESCAC rival Colby at noon on September 15th.

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