WILLIAMSTOWN, MA— Williams (4-6/1-5 NESCAC) competed against Hamilton (7-4/5-2 NESCAC) at Farley-Lamb Field this evening. The game started strong for the Ephs, with three shots in the first two minutes, after the team won control of the starting draw. The third of these shots, taken by senior Brett Bidstrup and assisted by senior Katie Gallop, resulted in a score for Williams. Three minutes later, however, this auspicious start was thrown into doubt when sophomore Alex Hendry scored the first point for Hamilton, with an assist from senior Nora Klemmer. Gallop had been yellow carded at 25:48.
The two closely matched teams continued to exchange shots for the early portion of this first half. The game was brought to a 3-3 tie with 15:40 remaining when Williams senior Jenna Chodos scored, assisted by junior Caroline Hogan.
Soon after this tying goal was made, the Ephs' offensive took off. The team scored 4 more points, unanswered, by the close of the half. First-year Kara Wollmers scored 3 of these 4 goals.
Hamilton players received two yellow cards at the closing end of this half—Gabby O'Brien at 15:32 and Kara Pooley at 4:54.
After the half, Chodos was assisted by Tenbarge on one more point for the Ephs before the Continentals began making a comeback. Senior Morgan Fletcher scored a free position shot for Hamilton, breaking the 6 point Williams streak. Hamilton got in 2 more points before Williams retaliated, with an impressive turnover forced by Wollmers, who went on to score. But this did not break the Continentals' momentum, and the game was tied again—this time at 9-9—with 10:55 on the clock. Hamilton's strong offensive was empowered by continued wins of draw control, led by Pooley.
Wollmers scored once again for the Ephs at 7:48, this time assisted by Chodos, and Williams was back in the lead. The defense was strong, but with 3 minutes remaining sophomore Nora Klemmer scored a free position shot for the Continentals. The game was tied once again. After a Hamilton timeout, junior Darby Philbrick fired a shot into the goal with 14 seconds remaining on the clock. Hamilton won control of the next draw and was able to keep the ball away from the Ephs until time ran out. The 11-10 win is Hamilton's 7th win of the past 8 games.
Hamilton's strong comeback on the offensive is reflected in that the team led in shots, shots on goal, free position shots, and draw controls for the game. Williams held the lead in saves, ground balls, and turnovers.
First-year Wollmers clearly dominated in scoring, making 5 of the Ephs' 10 goals of the game. Philbrick led Hamilton, posting 3 goals. On the other end of things, senior Margaret Draper, Williams goalkeeper for the game's entirety, played particularly well tonight. Though her numbers—saving 10 of the 21 shots on goal—are good, it is important to note that this included multiple especially skillful saves at key moments. Sophomore Hannah Burrall was the goalkeeper in the first half for Hamilton and saved 7 of 13 shots on goal. In the second half, senior Hannah Rubin saved 3 of 7 shots on goal.
Coach Chris Mason commented that "lacrosse is often a game of runs, and today we got a run and they got a run." Though the opposing team was able to take the lead with their run at the end, it was a fight the whole way. Regardless of how the Continentals gained points, "[the Ephs] didn't stop. [They] kept fighting." The Williams team seems to be better each time it takes the field, and the players are continuing to work to get even stronger with every game.
The Ephs can next be found taking the field at home in a match against Colby this coming Saturday at noon. Hamilton will be facing Connecticut College in New London, CT at the same time.