Ephs edge R.I.T. in Southern barnburner, 17-16

Ephs edge R.I.T. in Southern barnburner, 17-16

CLERMONT, FL. - A great start and an even greater comeback outdid a not-ao-good middle Monday as the Williams College women's lacrosse team opened its spring break trip to Florida with a 17-16 win over the Rochester Institute of Technology at the National Training Center. 

It was the Ephs third straight win and they improved to 3-2 on the season. Williams will face Union Wednesday back at the NTC at 12 p.m.

"It was quite a barnburner," Ephs' head coach Chris Mason said. "R.I.T. played really well, we were struggling on draws and loose balls, we really had to fight for them today. Suzanna Penikis gave us a real spark off the bench and so did Eliza Quigley, who really helped us on the loose balls of the center draws."

Jenna Chodos led Williams with seven goals. Katie Gallop tallied five points on two goals and three assists, and Penikis tallied four goals. Margaret Draper got the start in net, making four saves in the first half. Ana Alvarenga played the second half and got the win, making five saves.

RIT was led by the duo of Sage Sarkis and Emily Livecchi. Sarkis finished with eight points on five goals and three assists, and Livecchi tallied six goals and had an assist. 

Shots were 35-30 in favor of the Tigers, who also won the ground ball battle, 15-14. The Tigers won 22 draw controls, and were 11-of-12 on clearing attempts. RIT went just 2-for-9 on free position attempts.

With the score tied 10-10 in the second half, RIT ran off five straight goals, taking a 15-10 lead on a goal from Livecchi off an assist from Sarkis with 16:07 to play. Sarkis scored twice in the run, while Mandell and Sammy Ward each tallied a goal.

The Ephs responded with seven straight goals to take a 17-15 lead.  Gallop got the rally started with a unassisted goal with 13:41 remaining to make it 15-11. Penikis and Chodus split the enxt four goals, with Chodus trying the game at 15 with an unassisted tally with 5:33 to go.

First-year Emma Tenbarge broke the tie on a free-position shot with 2:49 left in the game and senior Alyssa Maddalone added an insurance goal for the 17-15 lead. 

Sarkis pulled RIT to within a goal on her goal with 43 seconds to play, but the Tigers could not find a way to score the equalizer and send the game into overtime.

RIT took an early lead when Livecchi scored the first of her seven goals on the day at 26:27 of the first half. Williams answered with five straight goals, taking a 5-1 lead on a free position goal from Kailie Saudek with 15:37 to play in the half. Chodos scored three of the Ephs five goals in that stretch.

Sarkis broke the Williams run with her first goal of the game with 14:54 to play in the opening half. After a Penikis goal made it 6-2 Williams, the Tigers went on a goal run of their own, scoring four straight to tie the score at 6-6 on Livecchi's goal with 7:47 to play before halftime. She scored three of RIT's four goals in the run, while Mandell added a free position goal.

Chodos and Micaela Dussel sandwiched a pair of Williams goals in between a Schmauder goal, who scored off an assist from Livecchi with 2:24 to play making it 8-7 Williams at the half.