WILIAMSTOWN, MA – Chris Mason's Williams College women's lacrosse team (11-1/7-1 NESCAC) has moved up from 10th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) to ninth this week.
Williams is one of eight NESCAC teams ranked in the IWLCA's top twenty poll: Amherst (3), Trinity (6), Middlebury (7), Williams (9), Colby (13), Bowdoin (14), Bates (15) and Tufts (17).
Mason's Ephs are riding a 9-game win streak and are tied for second place in NESCAC with Trinity.
The Ephs have three games remaining in the regular season. Wednesday the Ephs will travel to Troy, NY for a 6:00 PM contest with RPI. RPI is currently 8-3 and the Engineers have won seven games in a row and they are in first place in the Liberty League with a 6-0 record in conference play. RPI is not ranked nationally, but the Engineers are receiving votes in the IWLCA poll.
The Ephs' senior midfielder and captain Rebecca McGovern captured the NESCAC Player of the Week Award, for the second time this season, for netting the tying goal at Hamilton and then netting both the tying goal and game-winner in the Ephs' win over Colby on Saturday.
Both of the Ephs' last two games have gone to extra time; with the Hamilton game going one extra session and the Colby contest going to a second extra session.
No opponent has netted more than 9 goals against the Ephs since their only loss this season to Trinity on March 8. Senior captain Ali Piltch's goals-against average is second in the NESCAC (6.62).
After visiting RPI on Wednesday the Ephs will have completed a 7-game road trip that found them playing twice in Florida, once in Massachusetts, once in Connecticut, once in Maine and a second time in New York.
Saturday the Ephs will host archrival Amherst at 1:00 PM on Cole Field in their first game on campus this season.