NEW LONDON, Conn.—Williams College women's lacrosse (3-1, 2-1 NESCAC) defeated Connecticut College (2-3, 0-2 NESCAC) when Rebecca McGovern netted her second goal of the second half with 3:12 remaining to lift the 19th ranked Williams College women's lacrosse team to an 8-7 victory.
It was "a scrappy game," according to head coach Chris Mason in which the Ephs pulled out the win despite struggling to win center draws controls and possess loose balls.
Williams carried play for much of the first half. Rebecca Bell put the Ephs on the board off an assist from Molly Belk two minutes into the game. The Camels answered back to tie the game, but the Ephs fired in four consecutive goals, two by Belk, to assert the lead. The Ephs then built a 6-2 advantage when Nancy Palmer converted a free position shot with 11:30 remaining.
The Camels battled back with 4-to-0 run to close out the half. Lowell Abbott caromed a free position shot off of the turf and into the netting with 11:14 remaining. With 1:42 remaining, Taylor Thomas buried another free position shot to pull the Camels even in a 6-6 game at the break.
The Ephs regained the lead 51 seconds into the second half when McGovern fired in her first goal of the game. The Camels' goalie Allisa Dalpe did her part to keep the game close, skillfully saving a powerful shot by Nancy Palmer with 17:15 remaining.
A late substitution proved to be beneficial for the hosts when Erin Moran sprinted from left to right and scored to tie up the game with 6:30 to go. McGovern put the Ephs on top for good with a deceptive fake and well-placed a free position shot with 3:12 remaining. Coach Mason said the Ephs "got the lead and were able to do a good job defensively to stall the clock away." She said the team "came out with a win, but it wasn't pretty."
Williams held a 23-to-18 advantage in shots. Ground balls were even at 10 aside but the Camels enjoyed a 10-to-6 advantage on draw controls.
Belk and McGovern led the Ephs in goals with two each. Thomas led the Camels with two goals. Williams Goalie Ali Piltch ended the game with 7 saves and Dalpe with 9.
The Ephs will next face Bates College on Saturday, March 22nd at Smith College.