SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Willams College Ephs (5-1) won their 5th straight game, snapping the 5-game win streak of the Springfield College Pride (6-2) with a 6-0 shutout. Emma Ticknor '20 and Elizabeth Welch '22 each scored two goals in the game, with the two other goals coming from Claire Fitzpatrick '21 and Faith Stineman '23.
The Ephs started off the game on top, forcing a penalty corner at 1:47 and immediately converting the pass from Emily Batchelor '23 into a goal off the stick of Ticknor at 1:55. After restarting in the middle, the Ephs quickly took offensive advantage again, firing consecutive shots at the Pride goalie Elizabeth Morehouse. The first shot from Ticknor was knocked away by a defensive save from defender Jackie Baldoni (3:12). Simone Veale '21 and Fitzpatrick made consecutive shots, but Morehouse managed to step in front of Veale's ball and let Fitzpatrick's shot go wide (3:30, 3:47).
The offense kept the pressure on, compiling 4 shots before the 10-minute mark, but the shots found themselves just wide of the net. As the Ephs maintained control, Veale made a quick pass to Ticknor inside the circle who shot the ball past the pad of Morehouse to put the Ephs up 2-0 (9:20).
Into the second quarter, the Ephs kept the offensive heat up. Elizabeth Welch '22 scored her first goal of the game within the first two minutes, taking a pass from Batchelor and putting it into the back of the net at 16:06, extending the Eph lead to 3-0.
Battling the Pride defense, the Ephs maintained possession outside the circle. As the offense positioned inside the circle Shea van de Broek '23 found Claire Fitzpatrick '21 and she sent the ball deep into the back of the net to make it a 4-0. As the minutes ticked down in the half, the Ephs gained back to back penalty corners and found shots on goal from both. Isabel Perry '20 after passing the ball in for the penalty corner found the ball back at her stick and fired a shot from the side that was kept out by Morehouse (28:22). On the second penalty corner, Kate Gregory '22 fired a straight-on shot that bounced off the well-placed pad of Morehouse (28:40).
The Ephs would head into half time up 4-0 with Eph keeper Abby Lloyd '20 not having a single shot to defend. The Pride would change goalies after the half, replacing Elizabeth Morehouse with Gwen Smith.
Into the 3rd quarter, the Ephs offense wasn't satisfied and after a wide shot from Nina McGowan '20 at 33:08, Faith Stineman would take a strong pass from McGowan past Pride keeper Smith for the 5th goal of the night for the Ephs (35:40). Three minutes later the Ephs rallied for a penalty corner and off the pass from Catherine Torres '23, Veale found Welch deep in the circle for a pass. Welch placed the ball well and into the corner of the net for her second goal of the night and a 6-0 Williams lead.
The Pride had their best opportunity as they gained control around the 39th minute. Grace Levansavich found herself in the circle with the ball, but on a moving shot, her ball went just wide of the net (39:44). This was the only shot allowed by the Eph defense on the night.
Into the 4th quarter, it seemed that the Ephs were still hungry for more. After a goalie substitution, bringing in Gates Tenerowicz '23 for Lloyd, the Ephs gained five penalty corners in a row. The Spirit defense fought back, not allowing the Ephs a shot on goal despite their long presence in the circle.
The Ephs had two final opportunities with a penalty corner at 51:40 and a hard shot by Stineman at 58:53, but Smith remained steadfast in the goal box and denied both shots to keep the Ephs offense at bay in the final minutes.
The Ephs improved to 5-1, with Claire Fitzpatrick scoring in her 4th straight game.
The Ephs next matchup will be against NESCAC rival Amherst at home on Williamson Field at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 28th.