WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College field hockey coach Alix Barrale decided to move junior midfielder Emma Ticknor (Madison, N.J.) up the field to a forward position for the Ephs' battle with #1 ranked and undefeated Middlebury.
Barrale's move turned out to be a stroke, no, make that three strokes) of genius as Ticker netted three of the Ephs' four goals in the 4-2 win over Middlebury. The Eph victory snapped a 30-game win streak by the visiting Panthers.
Ticknor scored two goals in the first half to give the Ephs a three-goal cushion at the break, 3-0. Just over six minutes after Middlebury got on the scoreboard in the second half, Ticknor answered that goal with her third of the night.
In the Ephs' first round NESCAC Tournament contest against #15 Bowdoin a Ticknor tally gave the Ephs the lead 15 minutes into the second half, 2-1. Shortly after Bowdoin tied the contest at two Ticknor went back to work and assisted on Libby Dolan's game-winner with just 3:14 left to play.
"Emma is an offensive force," noted Eph head coach Alix Barrale. "She has an incredible reach and great awareness in the offensive circle. She knows how to finish in front of the net but also is outstanding at setting up her teammates with perfectly paced passes. Emma has an excellent work ethic and focus. She is hard to stop."
For her outstanding play against Middlebury and Bowdoin Ticknor earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors and was named the Longstreth National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) NCAA DIII Offensive Player of the Week.
Ticknor is second on the Eph team in goals (7), third in assists (4) and second in points (18).
On the strength of the wins over Middlebury and Bowdoin the Ephs moved up four spots in the national poll to #12.
Saturday the Ephs will face Tufts University at Middlebury College in a NESCAC Tournament semifinal contest at 1:30 p.m.