MIDDLETOWN, CT – Wesleyan University (4-6/1-5 NESCAC) defeated Williams College (4-6/2-4 NESCAC) Saturday afternoon at Smith Field in a close 10-9 decision.
Despite a strong first half and an impressive performance from senior Micaela Dussel, the Ephs were unable to hold on to the lead as the Cardinals outscored the Ephs 7-2 in the second half.
Wesleyan took an early lead when Rachel Aronow and Breanna Cavanaugh each scored unassisted goals in the first ten minutes of play. After Williams lost possession of the following draw control, first year Kailie Saudek won possession back for the Ephs when she caused a turnover. Following a successful clear attempt, a foul resulted in a free position shot for Dussel who put the Ephs on the board making the score 2-1 Wesleyan.
Five minutes later the Ephs would tie things up when senior Anne Rehfuss scored her ninth goal of the season on an unassisted play. The Cardinals, however, answered back quickly regaining the lead. Sophomore Kat Fearey won the ensuing draw control and after three minutes of aggressive Eph offense that included shots from Rehfuss, Olivia Polk, and Natalie Gill, Dussel scored on a free position attempt at 11:04 making it 3-3.
The rest of the half was all Williams as four different Ephs found the goal including senior Natalie Gill's first goal back from an injury that kept her out the first half of the season.
Wesleyan came out strong in the second half scoring two goals in the first two minutes, including one in a man-down situation. First year Emma Tenbarge took advantage of being a man-up and when she scored her second of three goals for the game putting the Eph lead at 8-5. The Cardinals tied it up at eight apiece before Tenbarge responded to gain the Eph lead back at 7:47. Wesleyan tied it again at nine all with 3:37 left to play when Liana Mathias scored a man-up goal. The final three minutes were a battle with Wesleyan ultimately coming out on top scoring the game-winning goal with just 17 seconds left on the clock.
Williams was led by Dussel who scored three goals and assisted one. Tenbarge also scored three goals. Rehfuss, Gill, and first year Eliza Quigley all contributed one goal. First year Ana Alvarenga played all 60 minutes in the goal giving up 10 goals while making seven saves.
Wesleyan was led by Mathias who scored four times for the Cardinals. Aronow added two goals and one assist. Nina Labovich played all 60 minutes in goal for the Cardinals letting in nine goals and making nine saves.
The Ephs will travel to Hamilton College on Tuesday, April 12 where they will face the Continentals at 5:00 PM.