HARTFORD, CT- The Williams College Ephs (3-1, 2-1 NESCAC) rallied in the 4th quarter after a strong defensive game to top the Trinity College Bantams (3-2, 0-2 NESCAC) 1-0. Junior Claire Fitzpatrick took a pass from sophomore Kate Gregory to the back of the net to score the Ephs only goal of the day at 46:59.
The Ephs started off the match on defense, pushing away Bantam forwards as they maintained possession throughout the first quarter. The best shot for the Bantams came at 14:16 when senior Caroline Curtin took the ball into the circle and fired a shot at the goal. Eph keeper Abby Lloyd wasn't phased and knocked away and to an Eph defender off her pad. The first quarter would be a defensive quarter for the Ephs with no shots taken.
After a 2 minute break, the second quarter started off much the same way, with the Ephs now fending off the advances of junior Kendall Brown. Brown took a hard shot at the goal but was met with Lloyd who blocked the shot and pushed the Bantams out of the circle (18:47).
The Eph offense found its footing with senior Emma Ticknor firing the ball at Bantam goalie Emma Cropper, but Cropper turned down the shot (19:22). The saved shot did its job though, firing up the rest of the Eph offense. First-year Emma Batchelor took a shot at 19:50 but was just wide of the net. Junior Simone Veale kept the Eph momentum up with a shot of her own at 21:26 but was turned away by Cropper. Sophomore Elizabeth Welch would make the final Eph effort of the half with a tricky shot at 22:45 but found the ball just wide of the net.
At the half, the Ephs were out-shooting the Bantams 4-3, while both Eph keeper Abby Llloyd and Bantam keeper Emma Cropper had two saves each.
In the third quarter, Veale took control, firing the first two shots of the quarter for the Ephs, going just wide of the net and eventually being blocked by Cropper (33:10, 35:10). From there, the Bantams made an effort down the field but came up short of converting from several penalty corners. Brown took the last two shots for the Bantams but was unable to get past the Eph defense (36:54, 43:16). Junior Claire Fitzpatrick regained possession for the Ephs in the circle and fired a shot at 44:20 but it was knocked away by Cropper.
As the Ephs and Bantams headed into the final quarter, still scoreless, Fitzpatrick took her energy right in with her. Just shy of two minutes into the half Fitzpatrick would put the Ephs up 1-0, scoring the only goal of the game. With the lead on their side, the Ephs offense did not let up, with Fitzpatrick and sophomore Kate Gregory firing three shots in total, all saved by Cropper (52:21, 56:42, 57:05). But the one goal was all the Ephs needed as the clock ticked down and the Bantam threat was quieted.
The Ephs' next matchup will be against St. John Fisher at 12 pm at Williamson Field.