Middlebury, VT—Williams (4-10/ 1-9 NESCAC) took the field against Middlebury (12-3/ 8-2 NESCAC) this evening. The last game of the season for the Ephs, this matchup was predicted to be a difficult one, as Middlebury is currently the three seed NESCAC team. Indeed, it did prove to be a hard game, an unfortunate season ender and final Williams game for the seniors and Coach Chris Mason, who will be retiring at the end of this spring
Middlebury started off strong, beginning the game with 6 goals in a row. The first of these was scored by senior Mary O'Connell 5 minutes into the competition. O'Connell netted the next goal in this scoring streak as well, and first-year MG Gately scored two of the other 4.
This run of Middlebury goals was interrupted when first-year Ang Vecchiarelli scored what was not only the first Williams point of the game but was also her first goal of the season. Vecchiarelli's goal was followed shortly by another for the Ephs. Senior Jenna Chodos netted the team's second point, with an assist from senior Katie Gallop after a successful clear.
Unfortunately for the Ephs, this short burst of successful offensive mark the end of their goal-scoring for the half. At 13:34, Middlebury first-year Kate Zecca picked up a ground ball and swiftly put the ball in the net. The Panthers were to score four more points during over the course of this first half, and two of these were the work of sophomore Jenna McNicholas.
The last point of the period was scored by Gately, who netted the free position shot with 28 seconds on the clock.
The half closed with Middlebury leading 11-2.
The second half of the game started with some strong offense from the Ephs. Though Middlebury won draw control at the outset, Williams had a hold of the ball within the first minute and attempted to take advantage of this. There was a shot on goal at 29:35, but it did not go in. the Ephs made some good moves to keep control, but the ball was eventually cleared by Middlebury.
McNicholas scored for the Panthers at 26:42, with an assist from sophomore Emma McDonagh.
Williams then won control of the draw, and Chodos was able to score on a free position attempt at 24:29.
After this, Middlebury had another long series of unanswered goals, this time getting 5 in a row in. The goals were scored by 5 different players.
As their coach said, the Williams women "kept playing hard through the end" of this tough competition. Behind by 14 points, the Ephs managed to score twice more before the game was through. After Gallop was yellow carded at 12:14, the team managed to get a goal in while playing with a man down. Chodos scored the point, unassisted, at 10:27. The Ephs scored again at 7:48 when, after a shot was taken wide, sophomore Emma Tenbarge got control of the ball and netted it.
The final point of the game was scored by O'Connell, who was assisted by Gately. This was her
4th goal of the game and 31st of the season. This Brought the Panthers to the 18-5 lead they would hold until the game's close.
In addition to O'Connell, McNicholson also scored 4 points for Middlebury. For the Ephs, Chodos led in goals, having scored 3 out of the game's 5 points.
Middlebury led in shots, draw controls, clears, and ground balls, marking their strong game. In goal, Panthers goalkeepers posted 6 saves out of the 11 shots on goal—sophomore Kate Furber saved 5 out of 8 while she was in goal and junior Alex Freedman saved 1 out of 3 during her time. On the Ephs' side, the two goalkeepers posted a combined 7 saves out of the 25 shots on goal. Senior Margaret Draper made 6 of these saves out of the 22 shots on goal while she was playing. Sophomore Ana Alvarenga saved 1 out of 3.
This game closed the season for the Williams team, but the Panthers will continue playing. Their next game is at home against Amherst at noon on April 29 for the NESCAC Quarterfinals.