South Hadley, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (9-3) topped the Mount Holyoke College Lyons (8-7) 5-0 in a Tuesday night showdown.
The victory was the 200th of Ephs' head coach Alix Barrale's Williams career. Barrale is in her 19th year as the head coach of the Ephs. She is 200-123 (.619 win. percentage) in that time. Barrale also coached three season at Denison, and has a career mark of 240-150 (.615 win pct.).
Williams opened up the scoring early with a goal coming from senior Julia Cochran with the assist coming from fellow senior Meredith Wright (11:25). The play started with a penalty corner served by junior Emma Ticknor.
The Ephs continued the offensive efficiency with a goal seven minutes later. The play started with a penalty corner taken by Emma Ticknor. After several Ephs shots and a couple of Lyons saves, Emma Ticknor was able to sneak on past the goaltender for the Ephs second tally of the day (18:40).
Throughout the rest of the half, the Ephs were able to sustain pressure on the Lyons but ultimately could not add a third goal before the 35-minute mark. At the half, the Ephs lead 2-0.
The Ephs would strike first in the second half. Sophomore Claire Fitzpatrick was able to tiptoe her way through the defense and slipped the ball past the Lyons keeper (46:35). The goal would put the Ephs up 3-0.
Similarly, to the first half, the Ephs were able to sustain offensive pressure on the Lyons throughout the half. The Ephs added another goal ten minutes after the third, this one coming from Sophomore Simone Veale who connected with first-year Kate Gregory off of a penalty corner. Veale got the pass at the top of the circle and hammered it to the back of the net. The goal put the Ephs up 4-0.
The Ephs would score their final goal of the game at the 59:05 mark. Elizabeth Welch rebounded her shot and found the back of the net to put the Ephs up 5-0.
The Ephs made a second goalie change of the day and put in sophomore Olivia Dulany to finish the game.
When the time ran out, the Ephs won 5-0 with five different players scoring. Abby Lloyd finished the game with one save, and Lyons goalie Morgan Turner finished with 11 saves.
"The team played well tonight." Head coach Alix Barrale said after the game. "5 different players scored which is always exciting. We held MHC to 2 corners and were successful at keeping the ball in our offensive end. A strong showing for the Ephs!"
The Ephs next game is on October 18th at 6 p.m against Keene State.