WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – A battle until the very end, Amherst College (11-2/7-2 NESCAC) defeated Williams College (4-9/2-7 NESCAC) on Senior Day.
Eph senior Micaela Dussel scored a go-ahead goal with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to give Williams a 9-8 lead, however, Amherst would tie the game at 9-9 to send the game into overtime. An Amherst goal late in the second overtime was the game-winner.
In an exciting first half of play, Amherst and Williams went back and forth with each team showing smart offensive play and strong defense.
Williams showed great teamwork on offense with lots of passing including a beautiful play when senior Anne Rehfuss cut in and received a pass from junior Katie Gallop. A nice save from goalkeeper Christy Forrest gave possession back to Amherst. At 26:42 senior Rachel Passarelli scored the first goal of the game giving Amherst the 1-0 advantage. After the following draw control, Amherst junior Hanna Krueger fired off another quick goal increasing their lead to two.
The Ephs continued their stellar performance when a nice save from goalkeeper Margaret Draper put Williams back in the offensive position. After a beautiful shot from Gill, the Ephs recovered the ball. Rehfuss fed Gallop who made an awesome shot across the goal to tie the game at 2 all.
After another Amherst shot, sophomore Jenny Roach caused a turnover giving the Ephs possession. Roach broke away down the field but her shot was saved by Forrest. Amherst's following clear attempt was unsuccessful and possession was recovered by Williams first year Emma Tenbarge.
The Ephs called timeout to talk strategy with 9:29 remaining in the half. When play resumed Chodos received a free position attempt, which she scored to give the Ephs a 3-2 lead. Amherst would quickly regain possession and tie the game at three apiece. The teams headed into the half all tied up at three.
Amherst began the second half with a fast goal when senior Mia Haughton won the draw control and took it to the goal unassisted just 15 seconds in. Amherst won the next draw control but a great interception by Fearey gave the Ephs possession, however, Amherst quickly recovered and turned their lead into a two-goal lead making it 5-3.
Williams won the following draw control and thanks to her great footwork, Tenbarge took the ball to the goal and scored an unassisted goal to put the Ephs back within one, 5-4 Amherst. At 21:12, Haughton added another goal to Amherst's total giving them a 6-4 lead.
Williams stayed strong on defense when Rehfuss showed her smart play with great footwork to protect the goal. Fearey recovered an Amherst turnover and the Ephs regained offensive possession. After Gill's shot was deflected from Forrest the Amherst goalkeeper, Gallop recovered the ball and found the back of the net putting the Ephs back within one forcing Amherst to call their first timeout of the game.
Amherst returned from the timeout scoring a quick goal giving them a 7-5 lead. Following another great save from Draper, Williams found themselves down two players when sophomore Kate Pattison and senior Molly Belk received penalties. Amherst capitalized on the advantage to go up 8-5, the largest margin of the game.
However, Williams would respond quickly when senior Micaela Dussel found Rehfuss and the Ephs were back within two. Keeping the pressure on, Rehfuss found Tenbarge cutting in to the goal and it was a one goal game again with Amherst at the 8-7 advantage. The Ephs were coming back with a vengeance and with 2:56 remaining in the period senior Alyssa Maddalone tied the game at eight all on a free position attempt.
The last two minutes were filled with urgency; the Ephs found themselves on offense waiting for the right moment to strike. With 21 seconds remaining, Dussel scored the go-ahead goal off an outstanding crease roll. However, Amherst wasn't ready to give up and with four seconds remaining sophomore Kelly Karczerski scored to tie up the game and send it to overtime.
The game entered sudden death overtime. The Ephs won the first draw control but Tenbarge failed to convert on a free position attempt and Amherst won possession. The first three minute period of overtime was scoreless. With 1:10 left in the second overtime period, Amherst's Haughton found the back of the net for the game winner.
Williams was led by Rehfuss with 3 points (one goal, two assists) followed by Tenbarge and Gallop with two goals apiece. Draper played all 60 minutes in goal making eight saves.
Amherst was led by Haughton with three goals, followed by sophomore Julia Crerend with two. Forrest played all 60 minutes in goal making seven saves.
Williams Head Coach Chris Mason was proud of her girls' effort saying they "put two good halves together. We know how we can play now."
The Ephs head to Western New England University tomorrow for a 2:00 PM non-conference contest.