Williamstown, MA—Williams (4-7/1-6 NESCAC) challenged Colby (9-3/6-2 NESCAC) on Farley-Lamb Field this afternoon. It was a beautiful day for the Ephs' senior game, in which the four members of the class of 2017 were honored. Before play began, midfielder Katie Gallop, midfielder Jenna Chodos, attacker Brett Bidstrup, and goalkeeper Margaret Draper took the field with their parents to receive flowers from the team. As this is the last regular season home game for the Ephs, they also took a moment to honor Coach Chris Mason, who will be retiring at the end of this season.
The game was high action from the start, with possession shifting rapidly between the two teams and repeated shots on goal from both sides. At 23:16, the standstill was broken with a successful free position shot by Williams sophomore Emma Tenbarge. Just 3 minutes later, however, Colby matched this with a free position score by junior Sasha Fritts.
The two teams continued exchanging points and shots, but the Mules were steadily drawing ahead. With 2 minutes left to the half, Colby had posted 6 goals to Williams' 3. Fritts scored half of these points for the Mules and first-year Emma Banks scored 2. Though the Ephs were spending much of their time on the offensive, Colby was able to score 4 times unanswered.
After a saved shot by Tenbarge, senior Brett Bidstrup won the ground ball, feeding it to first-year Kara Wollmers for a point at 1:05. This fueled the Ephs for a powerful end to the half on the offensive. With 25 seconds on the clock, Tenbarge scored with a free position shot, bringing Williams up to 5 points against Colby's 6. It was a promising end to the first half for the Ephs.
Very early in the second half, Tenbarge brought the game back to a tie, scoring unassisted at 28:20. This streak continued, and the Ephs took the lead at 26:44, with a score by Bidstrup, assisted by sophomore Suzanna Penikis. Two minutes later, Colby retaliated with a goal from senior Lexie Perticone.
At 24:12, Colby senior Georgia Lubrano was yellow card-ed. Williams took advantage of this penalty and scored swiftly--senior Jenna Chodos assisted by sophomore Kailie Sudek at 24:10. This was answered by another goal from Colby's Fritts at 22:49.
The back-and forth continued until the 11-11 tie was broken by Perticone, with an assist from junior Kelsey Bowen at 11:43. The Ephs called a timeout at this point, and Draper retook the goal when play resumed. The Mules went on to score 3 more points, two of which were shot by Fritts. Tenbarge got in one more goal for Williams at 2:13. The game ended with a 15-12 score. This is Colby's 7th consecutive win.
There were 4 more yellow cards after the ones mentioned: junior Kendall Smith and Senior Emilie Klein for Colby, and Tenbarge and Chodos for Williams. Fritts led the field in points scored, netting 7 points for the Mules. The Ephs' Tenbarge was close behind, with 6 goals. Williams had the edge for shots and shots on goal (29/22 vs Colby's 20/17) as well as draws and turnovers. The Mules won the most ground balls, besting Williams 21-20. Colby goalkeeper, sophomore Izzy Scribano, saved 10 of the 22 shots on goal. In goal for the Ephs, Draper saved 2 of 11 shots on goal and Cisneros saved 0 of 6.
Mason was happy to see her team playing really solidly this afternoon, especially against so strong an opponent. "We were in it the whole time," she says. "We'd just like to take that next step and come out with the win."
The Ephs will have their next chance to do so at Amherst at 12:00 next Saturday. Colby will be taking the field at home, in Waterville, ME, at 4:30 on Thursday, April 20th.