Ephs Down Keene State 4-1

Ephs Down Keene State 4-1

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The Williams College Ephs (10-3) downed Keene State (13-4) on two pairs of goals by senior Libby Dolan and junior Nina McGowan for a 4-1 win.

The Eph offense had no hesitation in getting things fired up at the chilly Williamson Field. After a quick 2:13 penalty corner, senior Libby Dolan slotted a rebounded ball into the corner of the goal to put the Ephs up 1-0. The Owls pushed back with two shots by Julie Babbitt at 3:22 and 5:58 but Eph senior goalkeeper Emma Santucci knocked both shots down and the Eph defense cleared them out.

The Ephs rallied again at 13:54 with another penalty corner and after fighting for dominance in the circle, sophomore Claire Fitzpatrick gained control and passed it to Dolan who knocked the ball in for her second goal of the day and a 2-0 Eph lead. The Owls answered back again with Babbitt driving down the field past the Eph defense but she could not get past Santucci in the goal box  at 16:15 or 17:48.

Seniors Julia Cochran and Meredith Wright both found scoring opportunities as the Ephs took possession once again in the 18th minute but Owl goalkeeper Rachel Loseby kept their shots at bay with 3 saves. The Ephs kept the pressure up and junior Nina McGowan sealed the deal for the Ephs with two solo goals at 27:01 and 31:30, bringing the score to a 4-0 Ephs..

As the last seconds of the half ticked down, the Owls picked up a penalty corner. After a confusing scramble for the ball in the center of the circle, a shot off a player's backswing hit the back of the goal. After a referee debate that went through halftime, the goal was announced as a shot from Erica Stauffer assisted by Courtney Jessup, putting the score at 4-1.

Abby Lloyd would take over for Santucci in the goal for the second half. Santucci had 4 saves on the game and allowed one goal. Loseby had 6 saves at the half and allowed 4 goals.

In the second half, the Eph offense jumped right back into action with a penalty corner at 37:37 and a shot by senior Caroline Taverna that was turned away by Loseby. Nina McGowan looked to gain another goal on the day with a tricky shot at 40:42 but could not get past Loseby.

At 46:31 a hard shot by Babbitt that was saved by Abby Lloyd began a back to back series of penalty corners for the Owls that threatened the Eph defense. On a 46:34 corner, Stauffer took a hard shot at the goal but Lloyd knocked it away off of her right pad. After 5 more penalty corners in a row, the Eph defense held the Owls to that single shot by Stauffer. Two more penalties at 57:01 and 57:40 tested the Eph defense again and a shot by Mia Brickley sailed to Lloyd who knocked it down.

The Ephs pushed to extend their lead in the last 5 minutes of the game with shots by sophomores Molly Lohss and Simone Veale at 65:01 and 67:03 but Loseby buckled down and kept the Eph scorers at bay. A final shot by Lohss at 69:27 hit the hand pad of Loseby and was cleared by the Owl defense for a final run to the opposite circle but as the ball crossed the back line the final seconds ticked down for another Eph win.

Eph head coacn Alix Barrale noted "We came out on fire! I think our intensity on the field helped us keep our momentum up even with the lead. Our defense was a wall, and in our 4th game in 6 days I'm proud of the way we stuck to our fundamentals and pushed through for another win."

The Ephs next matchup will be a NESCAC matchup at Tufts on Saturday, the 20th at 1pm.



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