MIDDLEBURY, VT—Williams Women's Lacrosse (8-7, 3-7 NESCAC) fell to Middlebury (13-1, 9-1 NESCAC) on Wednesday 16-5. Middlebury used their aggressive offense early in the first half to jump out to a 5-0 lead that propelled the Panthers to victory.
Williams junior Becca McGovern (Weymouth, MA) interrupted the Panthers' scoring run with an unassisted goal at 10:28. Middlebury three more goals in the half: Margaret Souther (7:02 and 0:05) and Laurel Pascal (3:04) netted goals for the Panthers. Williams scored once more with a goal by Stephanie Gallo (0:51). The half ended with Middlebury leading the Ephs 8-2.
Middlebury came out strong again in the second half, scoring two unanswered goals. Halle scored off an assist by Katie Ritter at 26:34 and then went on to assist Liza Herzog for a goal at 17:53. Bridget Malicki responded with an unassisted goal at 15:03. Hillary Cook and Nancy Palmer netter goals for the Ephs as well. The Panthers and the Ephs exchanged goals before Middlebury ended the half with a three-goal run to finish the game with a score of 16-5.
Middlebury and Williams were evenly matched on turnovers, ground balls and draw controls. The Panthers led the Ephs in shots 35-18. Middlebury goalie Alyssa Palomba had 7 saves and Katie Mandigo stopped 2. Ali Piltch had 11 saves for the Ephs.