WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The Williams College Ephs (4-1) defeated the St. John Fisher Cardinals (4-1) in shut-out fashion, 4-0, scoring four goals on the day while allowing no shots on goal by the Cardinals during the match.
The Ephs offense started off strong taking possession early and testing Cardinal goalie Kelly Bergamo with two shots by senior Emma Ticknor and junior Simone Veale (3:42, 3;51). Both shots hit the pads of Bergamo, but the Ephs maintained their strength, with both offense and defense working to keep the ball in possession for the Ephs. Williams kept the pressure on and after bringing the ball back into the circle, Veale made a great pass to first-year Emily Batchelor who sent the ball into the back of the net to put the Ephs up 1-0 (6:31).
With the fantastic effort of the Eph defense, the offense took advantage of their possession. First-year Shea van de Broek made a solid pass to junior Claire Fitzpatrick who sent a hard shot past Bergamo to extend the Eph lead to 2-0 (12:49). The first quarter ended with the Ephs totaling four shots on goals and no saves for Eph keeper Abby Lloyd.
Into the second quarter, the Ephs kept the momentum up as Veale fired a ball toward the goal within the first minute and was barely blocked by Bergamo (15:43). The resulting rebound caused a penalty corner for the Ephs and after receiving the pass from Batchelor, senior Isabel Perry took a hard shot from the edge of the circle and struck the post (15:59). The Cardinals were able to push the Ephs out momentarily but Batchelor remained steadfast in the circle, gathering the ball and making a short pass to Fitzpatrick who scored her second goal of the day, making it a 3-0 Eph lead (17:48). But this lead didn't satisfy the Ephs as they kept the pressure on, pressing deep into the circle. Emma Ticknor found herself in possession and fired the ball at Bergamo who blocked the shot, but Ticknor immediately took the rebound and shot it to the back of the net for a 4-0 lead (23:39, 23:40).
The Cardinals' best chance for the half came from a penalty corner at 26:56, but junior Jess Synder's pass could not be converted into a shot for the Cardinals. The half ended with the Ephs up 4-0, with keeper Abby Lloyd not needing to defend a shot. Cardinal keeper Bergamo had 4 saves for the half.
As the third quarter, the Ephs buckled down to defend their lead with the offense looking to extend it. The Ephs threatened dangerously with a series of five penalty corners and four resulting shots, but the Cardinal defense kept the ball out of the net with two defensive blocks and two saves from Bergamo. Sophomore Kate Gregory after firing two great shots at 34:06 and 34:53 was given a green card and a 2-minute penalty.
With no shots coming from the Cardinals in the third quarter, the match headed into the final 15 minutes. The Ephs pushed two penalty corners in the final quarter and saw junior Molly Lohss take a hard shot at the goal which was blocked by a Cardinal defender.
The Cardinals had their final chance with a penalty corner at 49:18. Senior defender Reghan Amoroso made the only shot for the Cardinals from the Snyder pass but the ball went just wide of the net, securing the shutout win for the Ephs (48:41).
First-year Gates Tenerowicz would take over for Lloyd in the final five minutes of the game but didn't see any defensive action as the Eph defenders did a tremendous job keeping the Cardinals out of scoring position.
"I'm especially proud of this game because we played so hard against Trinity yesterday in the same heat and pressure and we brought that same energy to the field both days. The team support on and off the field I think really elevates our play. And we really finished, we converted our plays well. Holding their offense the way we did was pretty miraculous, I think Charlotte Cooper did a fantastic job on defense. Overall it was a great weekend for us and I hope we can keep this upward trajectory heading into our next games." - Coach Alix Barrale
The Ephs next matchup will be at Springfield College in Springfield, MA at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 25th.