WATERVILLE, ME- The 11th-ranked Williams College Ephs (9-1, 6-1 NESCAC) downed the 17th-ranked Colby College Mules (6-2, 4-2 NESCAC) 4-1 to up their win streak to nine games. Shea van den Broek '23 had two goals on the day, with the Ephscore boosted by goals from Catharine Torres '23 and Allie Weiner '21.
The Ephs took control early pushing two penalty corners in the first three minutes (2:06, 2:47). Emily Batchelor '23 took the first shot of the game that went just wide of the net at 3:01. A minute later, Batchelor took another shot that was knocked away by Mules keeper Emily Buckman.
The Ephs had another early scoring opportunity with a penalty corner at 9:45. Batchelor made the pass to Emma Ticknor '20 at the top of the circle, who fired the ball at the net but it was blocked by Buckman (10:02).
Into the second quarter, the Ephs offense put the pressure on the Colby defense, notching a penalty corner at 15:38. The pass from Catharine Torres '23 found Shea van den Broek on the edge of the circle who fired a shot at the goal, which Buckman was able to block just in time. Claire Fitzpatrick collected the rebound and fired her own shot at the net but was also turned away by Buckman.
Two back-to-back penalty corners proved to be exactly what the Ephs needed. At 21:16, Torres sent the ball into the circle and in the scramble, the Ephs earned another penalty corner. Torres once again took the corner, passing the ball into the circle and positioning herself close to the goal where she gained possession of the ball and shot it to the back of the net to put the Ephs up 1-0 (21:56).
The Ephs offense kept the momentum going with another penalty corner at 24:29. After the initial pass, van den Broek found herself with the ball and made a quick shot through the legs of Buckman to increase the Eph lead to 2-0 (24:37). The Mules threatened with two penalty corners of their own, producing a shot from Georgia Cassidy that was knocked aside by Eph Kepper Abby Lloyd (25:54).
In the second half, the Mules kept their possession going, gaining a quick penalty corner and another shot from Cassidy that was again blocked by Lloyd (33:39).
The Ephs regained possession and brought the ball down the field, where a scramble for possession in the circle awarded the Ephs a penalty stroke. Allie Weiner '21 stepped in to take the penalty stroke, sailing the ball over the shoulder of Buckman to push the Ephs up 3-0 (37:50).
In the final quarter, the Ephs kept hold of the ball. Ticknor fired a shot at 46:16 but was shut down by Buckman. Another set of back-to-back penalty corners proved successful for the Ephs in the 53rd minute as van den Broek took the pass from Torres and found the back of the net to put extend the Eph lead to 4-0.
As the final minutes of the game ticked down, a last-minute effort by the Mules proved fruitful. Gaining a penalty corner with a minute left on the clock, Lauren Walter made the pass into the circle, finding Delaney Keithley at the top. Keithley found Walter close to net and Walter was made a shot that snuck under the glove of Lloyd to end the Eph shut-out (59:10). Though the goal put the Mules on the board, the final score remained unchanged as the final buzzer sounded.
Mule goalie Emily Buckman had 6 saves on the day and allowed four goals. Eph keeper Lloyd had two saves on the day and allowed one goal.
The Ephs next matchup will be against Skidmore College at Williamson Field at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 8th.