WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – An early 14-4 run propelled the Williams College Ephs (12-1, 2-0 NESCAC) over the Hamilton College Continentals (10-4, 0-1) Friday night.
The Ephs staved off a furious fourth quarter comeback. Hamilton pulled the game to within two possessions before the Ephs sealed the game.
"Hamilton's a very good team," said head coach Pat Manning about the end of the game. "They're explosive and can hurt you from three. We came up big when we had to."
The Ephs came out strong in the first quarter, opening the first three minutes on a 14-4 run. The Continentals nearly closed the gap on a 8-0 run themselves, but the Ephs closed the quarter strong. Juniors Maggie Meehan and Gabby Martin led their team to a 20-12 advantage with six points each after one.
This score difference held after an even second quarter, ending the half at 39-30 in Williams' favor.
The third quarter turned into a back-and-forth affair, with no runs to swing the momentum for either side. This let the Ephs go into the final break with an eleven-point advantage, which they consolidated despite the comeback.
"It was a great team win," Manning said, "because everyone came up big when they needed to."
Williams has a quick turnaround against archrival Amherst (12-1, 1-0), the fourth-ranked team in the nation. The game will be at 3pm in Chandler Gymnasium.