WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The Williams College Ephs (6-1, 2-0 NESCAC) clinched the Little Three title with a mammoth 4-1 win over the Amherst College Mammoths (5-3, 1-1 NESCAC). Four different Ephs scored in the match to bring Williams its sixth straight win of the season.
The Ephs started the match off strong, battling in the midfield for possession with the Mammoths. After several minutes of intense play, the Ephs came out with the ball and rushed it down the field. In a flurry of purple, the Ephs gained a penalty corner (6:50). Simone Veale '21 took the pass at the top of the circle and fired a shot toward the goal but hit a Mammoth defender (6:55). Emma Ticknor '20 took the rebounded ball and found Emily Batchelor '23 who fired the ball past Amherst keeper Emily Flamme to put the Ephs up 1-0 at 6:59.
The Mammoths pushed back against the Eph offense gaining their own penalty corner late in the quarter (13:25). Sage Geyer took the pass from Laura Schwartzman but couldn't get the shot past Eph keeper Abby Lloyd who kicked the shot away (13:33).
Into the 2nd quarter, the Eph offense could not be stopped. Less than a minute in Claire Fitzpatrick '21 made a sneaky shot at the goal but was just turned away by Flamme (15:16). The Ephs quickly turned the rebound into a penalty corner at 15:21 and kept the pressure in the circle, gaining another penalty corner at 16:10. Catharine Torres '23 took the lead on the corner and fired a pass to Veale at the top of the circle, making a straight shot to the back of the net to put the Ephs 2-0 (16:15).
But the Ephs weren't satisfied yet. In the 19th minute, the Ephs forced yet another penalty corner and off another Torres and Veale pass, Emma Ticknor edged the ball past Flamme to make it a 3-0 game (19:29).
Following the half, the Ephs kept the intensity up, firing 4 shots on goal, all in the 34th minute. Flamme and the Mammoth offense pushed each shot out as they were fired in. The Ephs were undeterred though and continued their presence in the circle. Ticknor found herself in possession of the ball at 40:17 and fired a close shot at Flamme who knocked it down, but Elizabeth Welch '22 found the rebound and sailed it to the back corner of the net for a 4-0 lead (40:23).
The Eph threat continued into the final 10 minutes of the game, but an Amherst breakaway gained a penalty corner at 53:51. A strong pass from Kiera Alventosa found Beth Williamson, who resettled the ball and took a hard shot that just got past the pad of Lloyd to get Amherst back in the game.
That was as close as Amherst would get though as the final minutes ticked down with both teams defenses keeping play in the midfield until the buzzer.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of the effort we put into this game. Every single person on our team contributed to that win, from the sideline to the field. We played the whole 60 minutes with incredible energy and execution. We enjoyed the game today but we're ready to go back to battle again tomorrow against Conn."- Coach Alix Barrale
The Ephs improved to 6-1 with the win and claimed the title of Little Three Champions for 2019.
The Ephs next matchup will be against NESCAC rival Connecticut College at Williamson Field at 1 pm on Sunday, September 29th.