CORTLAND, NY — What's another road trip to the Williams College women's lacrosse team?
Without a home field for the season, the Ephs spent the spring traveling all over New England and New York State. It served them well, as they got off to a 12-1 start and earned a berth into the Div. III NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2010 season.
After receiving a first-round bye in the tournament, the Ephs (14-4) dispatched Wheaton (MA) at home on Cole Field, 9-6. Their reward is another lengthy road trip, this time to Cortland, NY, to face conference rival Colby (10-6) in the a quarterfinals match-up. No. 1 Cortland State (20-0) is hosting the weekend and will play Redlands (14-4) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Saturday's winners will play Sunday at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to the NCAA Div. III Semifinals next weekend at Gettysburg College.
All three games will be played at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) due to Cortland having its graduation ceremonies on campus. LIVE STATS can be seen HERE. In addition, all three games will be webcast HERE.
The Ephs and Colby played just over a month ago in Waterville, Me., with Williams coming home with a 10-9, double-overtime victory. Trailing 8-5 with just over 11 minutes left in the contest, Williams received goals from Alyssa Amos, Hilary Cook and Bridget Malicki, the latter's goal coming with just 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Both teams scored in the first overtime, Katharine Eddy for Colby and Rebecca McGovern for Williams, before McGovern's unassisted tally in sudden death ended the game in the second extra period.
Colby outshot the Ephs on the day, 29-24. Eph goalie Ali Piltch made nine saves, while Michelle Burt made eight for the Mules.
The Mules are led by Eddy's 64 points (33 goals, 31 assists), while Lindsey McKenna tops the team with 40 goals and is second with 42 points. Eddy was the NESCAC Player of the Year. Fellow seniors McKenna and defender Kristen Karis were named All-Region along with junior midfielder Abby Hatch and sophomore defender Emma Marjollet.
Williams was led by All-NESCAC First Teamer McGovern. McGovern was previously announced as All-Region selection. She leads the Ephs with 35 goals this season and is second in assists (13) and points (38). McGovern is 12 of 28 on free-position attempts this sesason. She also leads the team in groundballs (41), draw controls (52) and caused turnovers (28).
Three other Ephs were tabbed All-Region: Junior attacker Malicki was named All-Berkshire First Team. She leads the Ephs in total points this season with 55, with 28 goals and a team-leading 27 assists. Senior defender Grace Wilson is second on the team with 19 caused turnovers and sixth on the squad with 17 groundballs. Junior attack Nancy Palmer is third on the team with 23 goals and has 25 points (2 assists).
In addition, senior goalie Ali Piltch has been outstanding for the Ephs, playing every second in goal this season and compiling a 7.29 goals against average and a 49.8 save percentage.