Ephs Top Conn 5-1

Ephs Top Conn 5-1

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The Williams College Ephs (7-1, 4-1 NESCAC) topped the Connecticut College Camels (2-6, 0-5 NESCAC) 5-1 to improve their winning streak to seven straight games. Emma Ticknor '20 had a hat trick on the day with goals from Emily Batchelor '23 and Nina McGowan '20 rounding out the Ephs win.

The Ephs offense had an explosive start to the game, taking possession immediately and moving the ball down the field. In just over a minute Simone Veale '21 found herself in the circle and made a quick pass to Batchelor who shot the ball between the legs of Camel goalie Jackie Mountford to put the Ephs up 1-0 (1:13). After restarting in the middle, the Ephs retook control and moved the ball into the circle where a foul on Conn gave the Ephs a penalty corner (2:23). Batchelor shot a pass to the top of the circle, but the scramble produced another penalty corner at 2:27. The pass found Veale at the top of the box who shot the ball into the middle of the circle. Claire Fitzpatrick '21 got control of the ball and made a smooth pass to Ticknor who sailed the ball past Mountford to extend the Eph lead to 2-0, all in less than three minutes of play (2:40).

The Ephs kept possession and Ticknor made two more shots in the quarter at 5:51 and 9:29 but both were pushed out by keeper Mountford. With less than 2 minutes in the quarter, the Camels made a breakaway down the field. Eph keeper Abby Lloyd '20 saved the shot from Meghan Gazard to keep the Ephs ahead going into the second quarter (13:21).

The second quarter didn't see any slowing from the Eph offense, and after keeping the Camel defense working, the Ephs gained a penalty corner at 23:38. Catharine Torres '23 took the corner and made a long pass to Kate Gregory '22 who fired a shot at the goal. Ticknor took the ball the few extra feet into the goal to extend the lead to 3-0 (23:45). After a quick round of substitutions, the Ephs were right back in the game. With the ball in the circle, Veale found Nina McGowan '20 near the goal and made a pass through several defenders. McGowan gained control of the ball and sent it straight into the back of the net, making it a 4-0 game (25:18). 

At 27:35 Camel goalie Mountford was replaced by Andi McGraw. She had two saves on the day and allowed four goals.

Into the second half of the game, the Ephs kept the intensity up. In less than a minute the Ephs gained a penalty corner (30:16). Torres passed to Ticknor who fired the ball into the back of the net, extending the lead to 5-0 and completing her hat trick (30:26).

The Camels threatened with a penalty corner at 36:35 and after a scramble in the circle Sophie Pollinger made a pass to Hannah Falvey who snuck the ball past Lloyd to put the Camels into the game (36:48).

Eph keeper Abby Lloyd was replaced by Gate Tenerowicz '23 heading into the 4th quarter. Lloyd had one save on the day and allowed one goal. 

Several Ephs looked to add to the lead as the final quarter began. Shea van den Broek made a solid shot at 43:02 but was knocked away by McGraw. On a penalty corner, Gregory fired a shot from the top of the circle but hit the pad of McGraw to keep the score 5-1. Hazel Either '22 made the final shot of the game, closing in on the goal with possession, but found herself just wide of the net at 51:51.

"Again I just congratulate our team effort in this game. To put two games like these back to back and two weekends in a row is phenomenal. We have a lot to build on and be proud of. Connecticut is a very strong team and being able to score early and use our depth was really an advantage. We stayed intense and focused and we did a great job keeping possession and making the most of converting opportunities." - Coach Alix Barrale

The Ephs extended their win streak to seven with the 5-1 win streak, completing an undefeated week. Emma Ticknor has now scored at least one goal in each of the last four games.

The Ephs next matchup will be another NESCAC game against Hamilton on Williamson field at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1st.