CLERMONT, FL – After a tight first half that saw five lead changes and five ties, a thundering start to the second half lifted the Williams College Women's Lacrosse team (4-3 / 2-1 NESCAC) over Buffalo State (3-5) by a score of 16-8 in both squads' final contest at the National Training Center.
After junior Katie Gallop scored in the final minute of the first half to give the Ephs a 6-5 lead heading into the half, Williams fired off eight consecutive goals to begin the second half and solidify their lead.
Eleven Ephs contributed to the offensive effort highlighted by first year Emma Tenbarge's game-high five goal outing. Senior Micaela Dussel had three goals and one assist and junior Brett Bidstrup posted four assists on the day. Junior goalkeeper Margaret Draper played all sixty minutes in the goal making four saves for her first win of the season.
Buffalo State was led by sophomore Alanna Herne who had four goals and one assist on the day. Senior Sarah Lorusso added three goals and three assists for the Bengals. Sophomore Elyse Stark made eight saves in her sixty minutes in the goal.
In the first minute of play, following junior Jenna Chodos' draw control, Dussel put the Ephs on the board first off a pass from sophomore Eleanor Lustig. The Bengals would respond three minutes later when Lorusso netted one of her three goals. Following a Williams turnover, sophomore Kate Pattison forced a Buffalo State turnover and raced the rest of the way down the field to score her first goal of the season. Both teams would score four more goals each before heading into the half with a score of 6-5 in favor of the Ephs.
In the eight-goal run that began the second half, five different Ephs scored including three from Tenbarge, two from Dussel, and a man-up goal scored by first year Suzanna Penikis. With ten minutes left in the game, Buffalo State attempted a rally but would fall short when Williams junior Mairead Toms added one for the Ephs to make it 15-7 and Penikis capped off the day with the final goal of the game at 5:08.
Williams outshot Buffalo State 33-16 and the Ephs secured 18 draw controls compared to the Bengals' 8. Both teams were even in ground ball pickups, however, with 18 apiece.
The Ephs will face Bates College at home on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Play will begin at 12:00 PM on Farley-Lamb Field.