HARTFORD, CT––In a
come-from-behind victory, Williams (11-6, 4-5 NESCAC)
defeated top-seeded Trinity (13-3, 7-2 NESCAC) to advance to
tomorrow’s NESCAC championship game. The Ephs were down 9-4
with twenty-two minutes remaining at Trinity.
Trinity got the game going scoringwise within the first minute, before Williams seniors Whitney Thayer and Whitney Kelly scored a pair of goals to take the lead. The Bantams scored four back-to-back goals to reclaim the lead before freshman Sam Weinstein briefly broke Trinity’s rhythm at 15:51, but the Bantams got right back on the board. Head Coach Chris Mason said that they “lost too many loose balls and draws. I thought that our our defense jumped for checks too soon, and as a result we’d lose out body position.” Trinity scored two more goals in the half, but sophomore Margie Fulton was able to slip one past Bantam goalkeeper Gina Dinallo. The Ephs ended the half down 7-4.
The second half started in the same way, with the Ephs giving up two more goals to go down 9-4. With twenty-two minutes remaining in the game, freshman Nicolle Perry scored off of a pass from sophomore Meera Sivilingam, sparking the beginning of a comeback. Perry’s goal finally jump-started the Eph offense, and Williams was able to score six more uninterrupted goals. Seniors Thayer and Alice Nelson followed closely on Perry’s heels, closing the gap to 9-7 with 19:15 left to play. Weinstein put the eighth goal away before Sivilingam, assisted by fellow sophomore Katie Ellis, tied the game. Mason observed that “the seniors really led the team,” and said she was happy that “the scoring was really spread out. A lot of people contributed.”
The game remained tied for seven minutes until Weinstein scored the go-ahead goal off a free-position shot. Fulton, helped by Ellis, secured the Eph victory with a goal at 5:15. Trinity’s Sarah Remes attempted to reclaim the lead with her 3:23 goal, however, Williams won the draw and was able to kill the remaining time to advance to tomorrow’s championship game.
Williams goalie Julia Schreiber played all sixty minutes and made a total of fourteen saves. Mason said “Schreiber was amazing. Our D did a good job limiting the shots in the second half, but Schreiber was fantastic.”
Mason said “we’re very excited. It was a really great game. You don’t really want to be the lower seed, but when you’re in that underdog position, you have nothing to lose, so you just have to embrace it and go all-out. And we did.”
Williams will take on Colby College tomorrow at 12pm.