Williamstown, MA — The Williams College Ephs (5-1) defeated the Springfield College Pride (5-3) in a Thursday night showdown 3-0.
The Ephs applied the pressure with early shots coming from senior Meredith Wright (1:44), junior Marissa Feller (2:06), and senior Libby Dolan (3:05.) The Ephs were able to strike first after Isabel Perry slid one past the goalie (6:10).
The Pride's first opportunity came from a shot by Amanda Nusbaum at (10:42), followed by another shot by Kyra Ashe (11:18), but Eph goalie senior Emma Santucci was able to clear the danger.
The Pride were able to keep the score at 1-0 with a beautiful back heel kick save by Pride goalie Emmalie Drake off of a shot coming in from Libby Dolan. Moments later Drake made a diving save at 15:48 followed by two more quick saves at (15:53, 15:56) to keep the Pride within one.
After a series of fantastic saves from the pride goalie, the Ephs found the back of the cage off of a shot from sophomore Simone Veale (32:54) for her first goal of the season, and the Ephs second goal of the game.
At the end of the half, the Ephs lead 2-0. Eph goalie Emma Santucci had three saves and would be replaced by junior Abby Lloyd for the second half. The Pride Goalie Emmalie Drake had nine saves at the half.
The Ephs first opportunity of the second half came off of a penalty corner when first-year Kate Gregory found sophomore Claire Fitzpatrick who let one loose, but Emmalie Drake got her foot to the ball and kept the score at 2-0 (45:49). Moments later, the Ephs tried to beat Drake high, but she leaped up and smacked the ball wide of the net (48:23).
The Ephs were able to add a third tally on the day off of a penalty corner when Isabel Perry buried one through traffic off assists from Meredith Wright and Kate Gregory (56:26). The game ended with 3-0 being the final score in favor of the Ephs. Abby Lloyd finished the game with no goals allowed. Pride goalie Emmalie Drake finished the game with 16 saves.
"It's always exciting to get a win over a good team like Springfield." commented Eph head coach Alix Barrale. "They are pretty fast and strong, and they made it hard for us to score. Their goalie had some amazing saves, but at least we were able to convert on some of the opportunities. I also thought we played well on both sides of the field and we made some good defensive plays which helped energize our team."
The Ephs next game will be on Saturday, September 29 at Connecticut College at 1:00 pm.