LEWISTON, ME -- Propelled by Bridget Malicki's overtime heroics, No. 20 Williams (3-2, 2-2 NESCAC) defeated Bates (5-4, 1-3 NESCAC) 10-9 Saturday afternoon in Lewiston, Maine. Despite facing deficits of 6-2 and 7-3, the Bates College Bobcats battled back to force overtime. With only 2:38 remaining in the extra frame, senior attacker Bridget Malicki blistered a shot past the Bates netminder for a 10-9 Eph advantage. The Ephs defense, particularly Molly Belk and Mahaney Sippel, held strong and did not relinquish their lead.
Following a failed free-position chance, the Bobcats opened the scoring at 21:10 on a Moriah Greenstein goal. Under a minute later, Nancy Palmer ('15) found the back of the net for the Ephs to knot the game at one. Steadfast goaltending by Bates' Hannah Jeffrey and Williams' Margaret Draper ('17) kept the game tied at one until Greenstein capitalized for her second goal of the game at 14:48. Greenstein's tally would be the last for the Bobcats in the first half, as the remainder of the period was unwaveringly controlled by the Ephs.
The Ephs tied the game at 10:35 when Micaela Dussel ('16) found an open Anne Rehfuss ('16) cutting through the 8 meter arc; Rehfuss did not miss and collected her third goal of the season. Just over three minutes later, Hillary Cook ('15) pirouetted through the Bobcats' defense and beat Jeffrey upstairs to give the Ephs their first lead of the day. Shortly thereafter, Maeve Mulholland ('15) found an open Rebecca Bell ('15), who bounced a shot past Jeffrey at 4:27. Malicki was the next Eph to tally in the half, stinging the corner on a free-position shot with just under two minutes remaining. The Ephs concluded their first half production at 1:13 when Mulholland eluded the Bobcat defense with a pass to Natalie Gill ('14), who capitalized.
The second half heavily favored Bates, who outscored the Ephs 7-3 in the period. Scoring was opened by Bates' Sydney Cowles, who eked a quick-stick shot past Draper at 24:28. After exchanging goals for the first fifteen minutes of the half, Bates' Camille Belletete forced an Eph turnover, which sparked four unanswered goals by the Bobcats. Teal Otley found a cutting Kaileigh Maguire, who beat Draper with 5:50 remaining in regulation to knot the game at nine. Both Draper and Jeffrey were called upon to keep the game tied, and they did not disappoint. Draper, who collected five saves on the day, stood tall on a Bates free-position shot with only 50 seconds left on the clock.
Not long into the overtime period, Malicki danced through the Bobcat defense and beat Hannah Jeffrey to take a 10-9 lead. The goal was disallowed, however, due to an illegal stick penalty. The Ephs had another tremendous offensive opportunity as time expired in the first period, but was thwarted by Jeffrey. At the start of the second overtime period, Natalie Gill controlled the draw and found Bridget Malicki, who rifled a shot past Jeffrey to give the Ephs a 10-9 lead with 2:38 remaining. The Ephs defense, led by Mahaney Sippel and Molly Belk, stifled the Bobcats as the overtime period came to a close. Alyssa Amos uncovered an Anne Rehfuss-forced turnover to solidify the Ephs victory.
Head Coach Chris Mascon described the Ephs' incredible defensive effort in overtime - "We played great team defense. Mahaney Sippel, Molly Belk, Anne Rehfuss, and Alyssa Amos all made some terrific plays for us. It was a great team win."
The Ephs were led in scoring by Rebecca Bell's three goals and Maeve Mulholland's three assists. Bates' Moriah Greenstein, Joanie Oates, and Suzannah Smith all registered three goals.
Bobcat goaltender Hannah Jeffrey, fashioned 12 saves on 22 shots faced. Williams' Margaret Draper garnered 5 saves on 14 shots.
Bates returns to action on March 25th when they host Tufts University at 5:00 p.m. at Garcelon Field. Williams travels to our nation's capital for spring break, and will face Union College on March 24.