CLERMONT, FL – Despite a quick, game-opening goal from Eph sophomore Eleanor Lustig, Union College (2-2) defeated Williams College (3-3 / 2-1 NESCAC) by a score of 12-9 Wednesday afternoon at the National Training Center.
The Dutchwomen opened up a four-goal lead going into the half but even the strong second half play exhibited by Williams seniors Micaela Dussel and Alyssa Maddalone were not enough to bring the Ephs back.
The first half began with the Ephs and the Dutchwomen going goal for goal until play was tied at two. Union would then score two to open the gap before Eph junior Jenna Chodos brought Williams back within one at 11:01. Union would then score three straight to reach their widest margin of the half at a score of 7-3.
In the final three minutes of the half both teams would add one to their totals thanks to Eph first year Emma Tenbarge and Union's Maggie Comiskey to head into the break with the Dutchwomen up by a score of 8-4.
The first 12 minutes of the second half featured four free position goals, including three for the Ephs who brought the score within three making it 10-7 with 18:45 left to play. Union would quickly add one more to their total before a 13-minute scoreless stretch ensued. The back-and-forth battle ended when Union's Jackie Hagopian netted her second goal of the game at 4:02 to give the Dutchwomen their biggest lead of the game at 12-7.
In the final three minutes, Williams would rally for two more off great play from Dussel who contributed a free position goal as well as an assist, however, the Ephs would come up short as time ran out with the Dutchwomen prevailing 12-9.
Williams head coach Chris Mason said about the game, "Overall we worked hard but it was the quick turnovers that hurt us. Union goalie Jen Hughes had a great game, but we could have taken advantage of the times we were working harder." She praised her team for working hard until the very end of the game even when it seemed impossible for an Eph comeback and she hopes that the momentum will roll into their final game in Florida, tomorrow at noon.
Tenbarge led the Ephs with three goals. Dussel also tallied three points on two goals and one assist. First year Ana Alvarenga got the start in goal posting one save while junior Margaret Draper tended the net in the second half making two saves.
Union was led by senior Jessica Farland with three goals. The Dutchwomen had four players who posted two goals apiece, including Comiskey, Hagopian, Cailin Pandolfi, and Natalie Sullivan. Hughes played the entire 60 minutes in the goal for Union and made eight saves on the day.
The Ephs will face Buffalo State tomorrow at noon at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida.