WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The #9 Williams College Ephs (10-1) shut out the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds (6-6) with five unanswered goals by four different Ephs. The Ephs scored the first three goals within the first five minutes of the game and held on to the lead to gain their 10th straight victory.
The Ephs got off to an early start, gaining possession and moving the ball into the circle quickly. A running shot by Emma Ticknor '20 went just wide of the net, but as the ball came back into play, the Ephs gained a penalty corner (1:37). The pass from Emily Batchelor '23 found Simone Veale '21 at the top of the circle who fired a straight-away shot to the back of the net to put the Ephs up 1-0 at 1:44. The Ephs kept the momentum up and after restarting in the middle of the field, the Ephs took the ball back into the circle where Ticknor found Claire Fitzpatrick '21 who shot the ball to the corner of the net to extend the lead to 2-0 (2:23). The Eph offense was unstoppable as they regained possession once again and notched a penalty corner at 3:56. Ticknor received the pass and fired a shot that was knocked away by Thoroughbred keeper Jess Gaetgens (4:07). The Ephs quickly sent the rebound back into the circle and gained another penalty corner at 4:45. Batchelor once again found Veale at the top of the circle who sent the ball through the legs of Gaetgens and into the net to put the Ephs up 3-0 at 4:47.
The Thoroughbred defense quieted the Eph offense for the rest of the quarter, allowing only two more shots on goal. Two minutes after Veale's second goal, Ticknor fired a shot that was turned aside by Gaetgens (6:27). As the quarter came to a close, Elizebeth Welch '22 shot the ball toward the net but was pushed out by Gaetgens (13:21).
In the second quarter, the Ephs threatened to extend the lead early with a shot by Fitzpatrick, but a great save by Gaetgens kept the Ephs at bay (15:13). Another scoring opportunity came for the Ephs on a cross to Batchelor who was close to the goal, but the following shot went just wide of the net (25:29).
The Thoroughbreds had their best chance of the half with two penalty corners at 24:57 and 29:04 but were unable to get past the Eph defense.
At the half, keeper Gaetgens had four saves and had allowed three goals. Eph keeper Abby Lloyd '20 had yet to see any action in the circle.
Into the third quarter, the Thoroughbreds threatened early with a penalty corner at 32:14. Carrie Hughes made the pass to Natalie Metzger who fired a shot at the goal but was knocked down by Lloyd (32:19). The Ephs answered back to the threat quickly gaining possession of the rebounded ball with Fitzpatrick taking the ball down the field. Fitzpatrick found Batchelor in the circle who took a quick shot that snuck under the diving Gaetgens to make it a 4-0 game (32:41).
Following the goal, the Thoroughbreds made a goalie change and Maddy Carre would enter the game for Jess Gaetgens.
The Ephs threatened again with a penalty corner at 35:35 but were unable to find a clean shot. at 39:15, Catherine Torres took a shot but was knocked aside by Carre. Batchelor and Ticknor took consecutive shots in the 41st minute but were both turned away by Carre.
In the final quarter, the Ephs offense kept pushing and after five minutes of back and forth play, Welch came up with the ball in the circle and fired the final Eph goal of the game at 50:01.
The Thoroughbreds threatened late in the quarter with two back to back penalty corners and back to back shots by Jordan Mjaatvedt and Metzger but were halted by Lloyd to maintain the Eph shutout (57:13, 57:35).
"That was a great finish to a long string of games we've had over the past couple weeks. I was really impressed with how strong we came into this game. Our goal was to score within the first five minutes and we scored three times which is incredible. Skidmore didn't give up the entire game so it really put the pressure back on us to step it up and I think we did that well. They really had us earn those goals in the second half, and Skidmore is always a tough game for us. We want to get better every game and I really think we're doing that. I'm proud of how hard we worked this game."- Coach Alix Barrale
The Ephs next game will be a NESCAC matchup against Bates at Williamson Field at 12:00 pm on October 19th. It will be the last regular-season home game for the Ephs and the team will be celebrating their 7 seniors