RPI Edges Williams 8-7

Emma Tenbarge '19, Anne Rehfuss '16
Emma Tenbarge '19, Anne Rehfuss '16

TROY, NY -- The Ephs (0-2 / 0-1 NESCAC) traveled to RPI (2-1) for their first midweek game of the season and were defeated 8-7 in a tough contest that came down to the final minute.

Williams started the first half down a player due to an illegal stick that they were unable to fix and despite winning the first draw control, the Engineers were able to score two quick goals.

The next ten minutes of play consisted of several changes in possession between the Ephs and Engineers that included two of first year Emma Tenbarge's game-high six groundball pickups. At 18:20, off a nice feed from Anne Rehfuss, junior Jenna Chodos put Williams on the board with her second goal of the season forcing RPI to call their first timeout of the game.

Coming out of the timeout, sophomore Kat Fearey won the draw but shaky ball control gave possession back to RPI and the Engineers fired off three consecutive goals to widen the gap further. However, with 3:14 left in the half Tenbarge took advantage of a free position attempt and the Ephs headed into halftime down 2-5.
 
Although the second half began with another quick RPI goal, Williams would answer back at 21:39 when Rehfuss scored on an unassisted play. The Ephs were beginning to find their groove and less than three minutes later, Tenbarge came up with another free position goal to put Williams within two.
 
After RPI added one to their total, the Ephs went on a three-goal run to tie up the game at seven apiece. At 9:44 senior Micaela Dussel fired a brilliant pass to Tenbarge as she came out of a crease roll to begin the run. Next, Rehfuss put immense pressure on RPI goalie Aleena Milinski and caused her to turn the ball over. Rehfuss took advantage and buried the ball in the back of the goal. The Ephs tied it up at 4:34 when first year Eliza Quigley fed Eleanor Lustig. With one minute remaining in the period, the Engineers called a timeout. When play resumed, RPI scored the go-ahead goal with 44 seconds remaining.
 
Williams head coach Chris Mason cited a slow start due to the non-releasable penalty and too many unforced turnovers as the turning point in the first half for the Ephs. She said, "The defense was better this game but there are times where we just have to handle the ball better." Mason recognized the solid play of senior Rehfuss and the spark that Quigley provided in the second half when the Ephs outshot the Engineers 16-4.
 
RPI was led by Sophie Hager with three goals. Aleena Milinski posted nine saves for the Engineers in the win. For the Ephs, Tenbarge led with three goals while Rehfuss contributed two goals and one assist. First year Ana Alvarenga and junior Margaret Draper split time in the goal.
 
The Ephs face off against NESCAC foe Bowdoin College this Saturday at 11:30 AM on Farley-Lamb Field.