WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Williams College field hockey team (3-0/ 2-0 NESCAC) fired in three first-half goals for a 3-1 win over the Colby College Mules (2-2/ 0-2 NESCAC).
The Ephs started the game scoring quickly with a shot by senior forward Meredith Wright at 1:40. Less than a minute later a penalty corner triggered by junior Isabel Perry set up another shot for Wright, who sunk the ball into the left corner of the goal at 2:44. The Ephs kept gaining momentum and scored another goal at 5:27 off the stick of sophomore Claire Fitzpatrick.
The Colby Mules kept the pressure up with three shots by Georgia Cassidy (9:44), Emily Hogan (10:39) and Merel van Gijzen (10:47) all deflected from the goal by Eph keeper Emma Santucci, who picked up three saves on the day. The Ephs offense fired back with two hard shots from junior Nina Mcgowan and Wright, both saved by Mule goalie Riley Whitmyer. But the Ephs would find net again off the stick of Wright at 34:09, closing out the half at 3-0.
Abby Lloyd would take over in goal in the second half of the game for Williams, while Whitmyer remained and notched 5 saves on the day.
The second half tested the Eph defense as Colby picked up steam, starting the half with two back-to-back penalty corners from sophomore Delaney Keithley at 36:15 and 37:03. However,Lloyd defended a shot from junior Georgia Cassidy and kept the defense poised. After two more shots from Myri Skodock and Cassidy, the Mules notched a ball through the legs of Lloyd for a late first goal at 65:47. The goal came from Cassidy and was assisted by Keithley.
Interestingly, with three minutes left in the game the Mules pulled keeper Whitmyer from the goal in favor of an extra offensive player, but the game ended with a final score of 3-1.
Eph head coach Alix Barrale noted the difference in the two halves of the game, "The first half we came out really fired up and capitalized on that energy. In the second half, the fatigue really hit us and we made more mental mistakes than usual and almost let Colby back in the game. I don't think we realized that Colby was still fighting and playing just as hard as we were. We were great at being able to keep pushing in the second half and being able to put the first-years in and get them some game play and we switched up our game a little bit. This game will remind us to always keep a hungry, focused mentality, even when we're ahead."
The Ephs next matchup will be against Little Three Rival Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts on Saturday, the 22nd.