LEWISTON, ME - The Williams College Ephs (4-1, 3-1 NESCAC) pushed past the Bates College Bobcats (1-5, 1-4 NESCAC) with two second half goals by junior duo Isabel Perry at 58:18 and Emma Ticknor at 64:36.
The match got off to an action-packed start for the Eph defense as keeper Emma Santucci defended two shots from Bobcat's Emma Patterson and Grace Fitzgerald within the first 6 minutes. But senior Taylor Lough took a ball off the stick of Fitzgerald for a 5:53 goal, giving the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. But the Ephs offense pushed back, totaling 4 penalty corners and 3 hard shots before senior Meredith Wright found the back of the goal at 12:41. The ball was assisted by Perry and Ticknor, tying the game at 1-1.
The pressure shifted back and forth over the rest of the half and the Ephs added a goal by senior Libby Dolan at 17:01 to take the lead. The Bobcats did not back down, and finally found a gap in the Eph defense to push a late goal by freshman Bridget Thompson assisted by freshman Riley Burns and senior Emma Patterson at 31:22. The Ephs and Bobcats remained at a 2-2 stalemate heading into the half.
At the half, Eph goalie Emma Santucci had 4 saves and would be replaced by Abby Lloyd for the second half. Bobcat goalie Adelae Durand also had 4 saves and would be replaced by Ellie Bauer at the half.
The energy of the first half was not lacking in the start of the second half as Bates notched two quick shots by Fitzgerald and Lough in the first 3 minutes, both saved by keeper Lloyd. The contest kept the pressure on both teams totaling 13 penalty corners in the half. But a 57:42 penalty corner by freshman Kate Gregory ended in a nice shot by Isabel Perry for a 58:18 goal, pushing the Ephs ahead 3-2. The Ephs took the defensive lead keeping the Bobcats at bay and fronting strong offensively. Emma Ticknor would seal the Eph lead with a 64:36 goal assisted by Wright to total the Ephs at 4-2 with 6 minutes left of the match.
The Bobcats had a chance to retaliate in the final minutes of the game with a late penalty corner at 69:14 and sunk a ball into the corner of the goal, but the goal was removed in place of a foul for "dangerous play" and the match ended at 4-2.
The Ephs totaled an impressive 17 penalty corners in the game. Coach Alix Barrele noted "We really capitalized on those [penalty corners] and we did a great job stepping up to the ball. We bounced back hard and defensively we were able to stay composed when Bates pushed the pace of the game up. Kate Gregory also really stepped up for us today and was a solid part of our defense. It was a battle from start to finish and I'm glad we didn't have to sit with our loss for too long."
The Ephs next matchup will be against Springfield at home, 6pm on Wednesday September 26th.