CLERMONT, FL – Playing their third straight game at the National Training Center Chris Mason's Williams women's lacrosse team (5-1/2-1 NESCAC) defeated Connecticut College (2-4/0-4 NESCAC) 11-7 in a conference game.
The win extends the Eph win streak to three and gives them a 3-0 record on neutral fields this spring.
After Connecticut College's Charlotte McAuley opened the scoring at 28:22, Eph senior Sam Weinstein went on to score three goals in a row, two of which were assisted by Bridget Malicki. Weinstein's third goal was a free position tally.
"Sam's [Weinstein] three goals in a row helped us get our offense going and helped settle us down," said Eph head coach Chris Mason.
Connecticut College's Bri Miller netted a free position goal at 15:29, but the Ephs' Stephanie Gallo responded with an unassisted goal 23 seconds later, making it 4-2 Williams.
Miller was back again with just over five minutes left in the second quarter to score unassisted and make it 4-3 Williams.
Emily Whicker gave the Ephs a two-goal margin at the half when she scored with just five seconds left. Conn's Libby Nichols missed on a free position opportunity that would have tied the game at 4 with 30 seconds left in the quarter.
Off the Conn re-set after the Nichols' shot went wide, the Ephs came up with a ground ball and raced the other way. Whicker received a pass at midfield and took it the rest of the way to the goal, beating the Camels' goalie, Caitlin Cataldo, with a shot over Cataldo's right shoulder.
In the first seven minutes of the third quarter the Ephs assumed control of the game when they fired in four goals in succession and quickly built their lead to 9-3. Nancy Palmer netted the first and fourth goals of that skein and Emily Whicker scored the second and third goals. Palmer's first goal was unassisted, while Rebecca Bell assisted her second goal. Whicker scored on a free position with the Ephs a man-up and notched an unassisted goal as well.
"We did a good job giving them a lot of defensive pressure to start the third quarter, which caused a lot of turnovers and from them we were able to create a lot of offensive opportunities," noted Mason.
The last two Eph goals came in a 14-second span when Stephanie Gallo tallied a goal on a free position shot (12:19) and Whicker netted her third goal of the contest at 12:05 on an unassisted effort.
Leading 11-7 with 4:45 left in the fourth quarter the Ephs went to their stalling game. While their stalling game had a few early miscues the Ephs were able to successfully re-group and keep the ball away from Connecticut College for most of that final segment of the contest, making the final score 11-7.
"We had a little trouble at the end when we went into our stalling game, but it did get better the longer we were in it and we were able to keep Conn from scoring," commented Mason.
Connecticut College out shot the Ephs 19-17 (shots on goal), but Eph junior goalie Ali Piltch made 12 saves, while allowing 7 goals to claim the win. Connecticut College's Caitlin Cataldo stopped three of 14 Eph shots on goal.
Williams committed 22 turnovers and Conn had 16. The Ephs did win the battle for draw controls 12-8. Each team recorded 24 ground balls.
Williams will next be in action on Monday the 25th when they play their final game at the National Training Center. The Ephs will play Union College at 9:00 AM. The head coach of the Union College women's lacrosse team is Abi Jackson. Jackson played lacrosse at Williams under Chris Mason.