MEDFORD, MA—The Williams Ephs (4-5 / 1-4 NESCAC) faced the Tufts Jumbos (8-1 / 5-0 NESCAC) on the road this evening. The Ephs came into the contest having won four of their preceding five games.Tufts has lost one game in this season so far, and is undefeated in NESCAC.
After a close first 20 minutes, the Jumbos pulled ahead at the end of the game's first half 8-5 and held the lead to the end, making the final score Tufts 14 and Williams 11.
The Williams players started out very strong offensively, taking advantage of a turnover from the Jumbos early on to open the match with two shots in the first two minutes—one a free position shot from first-year Claire Fitzpatrick and one a shot on goal from junior Emma Tenbarge, both saved by Tufts goalie Audrey Evers.
Williams put the game's first points on the board four and a half minutes into the gane with an unassisted goal by Fitzpatrick. She drove the ball in from the top of the 8 for what Eph head coach Alice Lee called simply and powerfully, "A great take." The Jumbos retaliated quickly, and within 40 seconds they had their own score—shot by Annie Sullivan, assisted by Catherine Lawliss.
The two teams exchanged points, with neither side gaining more than a single point lead until the final ten minutes of the half. Caroline Nowak of Tufts took a pass from teammate Maria Dattolo and netted the ball with the clock at 9:56, sending Tufts into a lead they would hold to the end of this period (going into half-time with a 8-5 lead) and through the remainder of the game.
Following the Nowak goal, the Jumbos scored 4 more unanswered goals.
Though the Ephs matched the Jumbos for points in the second half, they were unable to regain the ground they had lost at the close of the first half. The closest the score came after that was within a two point margin (10-8 at 15:30, 12-10 at 9:47).
Tufts led in shots 32 to 24 and shots on goal 26 to 18. In scoring, the Jumbos' Nowak was at the head of the pack, posting 5 goals and 2 assists. She was followed by Williams sophomore Kara Wollmers, who scored 4 times. Defensively, the Ephs shone in several areas. Eph coach Alice Lee was proud to see her team "shut [Tufts] out on their free positions" in addition to an overall strong showing in the goal. Eph goalkeeper, sophomore Kami Cisneros, led with 12 saves to her opponent's 7. Coach Lee specifically praised Cisneros' work, saying, "Kami did a nice job of protecting the pipes." First-year Sophia Millay stood out on the field as well in this match; according toLee, she "really helped [the Ephs] out on the draw tonight."
The Ephs will next take the field this coming Saturday, April 7th, at 1:00PM EST when they host archrival Amherst.