SPRINGFIELD, MA – Williams College (5-9/2-7 NESCAC) bounced back to defeat Western New England University (10-6) by a score of 18-4 Sunday afternoon.
The Ephs saw great team performance all around and managed to solidify their double digit victory with a strong second half in which they outscored the Golden Bears 9-1.
Western New England jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when senior Ashley Brunner scored on an unassisted play giving the Golden Bears what would be their only lead of the game. The Ephs responded less than a minute later when junior Jenna Chodos converted a free position attempt to put Williams on the board.
The next ten minutes of play were scoreless and consisted of lots of shots from an assortment of Ephs. Finally, at 15:41, first year Emma Tenbarge successfully took advantage of a free position attempt and Williams took their first lead of the game at 2-1. After a timeout for Western New England, the Ephs won the draw control and quickly converted another offensive effort when senior Micaela Dussel found junior Katie Gallop. Western New England's Brooke Kumnick responded with a goal of her own off of an assist from Julia Winer making the score 3-2 in favor of the Ephs.
The Ephs then rattled off five consecutive points including back-to-back goals from first year Kailie Saudek. Williams took an 8-3 lead with three minutes remaining in the half. Each team would score once more, including Tenbarge's third goal of the game off of an assist from junior Brett Bidstrup. The game entered halftime with a score of 9-3, Williams.
The second half was all Williams and this showed in the eight-goal run the Ephs opened the half with. Eight different Ephs scored during the run including senior Natalie Gill, Tenbarge, junior Mairead Toms, Chodos, Saudek, senior Anne Rehfuss, sophomore Olivia Polk, and first year Eliza Quigley.
With 13 minutes to play the Ephs had developed a 17-3 lead. Another scoreless ten minutes followed but was broken with 2:12 remaining when Kumnick scored her second of the game for the Golden Bears. With 40 seconds to play Rehfuss would find the back of the net thanks to an assist from first year Suzanna Penikis and the Ephs secured an 18-4 victory.
Williams Head Coach Chris Mason was impressed with how her girls have improved in the last week from their loss to Colby to their tight, overtime loss yesterday to Amherst to today. She said "Yesterday was the best game of the season, so we were really looking forward to coming out today with that same momentum. We got off to a bit of a slow start but everyone played and it was good to see the balance. Mai Toms went in in the second half and won some balls back for us and made some good moves leading to her goal and assists. Kailie also had a good game and our defense was tough throughout coming up with some of the turnovers forced in the midfield."
Tenbarge led Williams with four goals. Rehfuss contributed three points (two goals, one assist). Saudek and Chodos each had three goals. First year Ana Alvarenga played all 60 minutes in goal for the Ephs making 4 saves.
Western New England was led by Kumnick who had two goals and one assist. Taylor Scialdone and Ashley Brunner each had one goal for the Golden Bears. Shannon McFadden played all 60 minutes in goal for Western New England making 14 saves.
The Ephs will conclude regular season play on Wednesday, April 27 when they take on Middlebury College at 5:30 PM on Farley-Lamb Field.