Clinton, NY—The Hamilton College Continentals (10-2, NESCAC 6-2) topped the Williams College Ephs (6-3, NESCAC 4-3) 3-2 in double overtime.
The Tuesday night showdown was between two NESCAC powerhouses. The Williams College Ephs are ranked 16th in the national coaches poll, while the Continentals sit two spots ahead at 14th.
The first opportunity of the game came off of a Continental penalty corner. The ball was served into the middle of the circle, and Tatiana Bradley found the loose ball and took a shot on net, but senior Emma Santucci kicked the ball away. Meredith Wright hustled into the arch and began the break for the Ephs. She tiptoed her way up to the midline where she found teammate senior Libby Dolan who took the ball deep into the Continental's half. Once the ball got into the scoring circle, The Continentals gave up a penalty corner. Off of the penalty corner, Emma Ticknor served it to Meredith Wright who passed it back to Emma Ticknor who tipped the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of the game (10:08).
The Continentals picked up the pressure in an attempt to equalize the score. At 13:13, The Continentals fired in a shot, but the effort was thwarted by a diving Emma Santucci. The Eph goalie quickly got to her feet to get in the way of another Continentals shot by Sarah Pierpont. A minute later the Continentals were given a penalty corner, and on this attempt, the Continentals were able to find the back of the net. Sarah Stinebaugh was credited with the goal and the assist going to Keeley Duran (14:33).
After the equalizing goal, the Continentals initiated several opportunities off of penalty corners, but the Ephs defense and Emma Santucci were able to keep the Continentals at one. The Ephs almost went ahead off of a penalty corner, sophomore Molly Lohss found fellow sophomore Simone Veale who took a shot just inside the circle. The ball hit the post and bounce out of the circle.
The half ended in a 1-1 stalemate between the two sides. At the half, junior Abby Lloyd would replace Emma Santucci in net for the Ephs. Julia Booth would remain in the game for the Continentals. Emma Santucci had 6 saves, and Julia Booth had 3 at the end of the half.
Both teams were eager to put a second tally on the scoreboard. The Continentals had a series of penalty corners, but the most notable was at 48:53 when Sarah Stinebaugh's shot snuck behind Abby Lloyd, but right before the ball could cross the line an Eph Defender was able to stop it, but in the process gave up a second penalty corner. The second penalty corner effort was also stopped by the defensive unit of the Ephs.
Minutes later the Continentals grabbed the lead off of a penalty corner. The shot from Sarah Pierpont just got snuck past the outstretched arms of the Ephs goalie (51:50).
With just under ten minutes to play, The Ephs were given a penalty corner. Molly Lohss sent the ball in. The Ephs fired two shots at Julia Booth, who blocked them both, but the Ephs continued to pressure the Continentals defense, and eventually, Molly Lohss was able to find the back of the net to equalize this game at 2-2 at 60:13.
Both teams attempted to get a game-winner in the first 70, but neither side was able to score a third goal in regulation.
At the end of regulation time, Abby Lloyd had 5 saves, and Julia Booth had 14.
Both teams had opportunities in the first period of overtime. The Ephs had 3 penalty corners, and the Continentals had 1, but neither side could find the back of the net. Each of the goalies recorded 1 save in the period.
In the second period of overtime, the Continentals would win it off of a goal from Michaela Giuttari at 81:56.
"I thought it was a good game." Eph head coach Alix Barale commented about today's game. "We had our chances and gave it our all. Their goalie is extremely talented, and she showed her stuff today. They played a great game. I'm really proud of how we fought and played hard today. Hopefully, we use it going into the weekend."
The Ephs next game is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13th at home against Wesleyan University.