WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Williams (6-7) played Skidmore (9-5) on Farley-Lamb Field this afternoon. The Ephs dominated the offensive for the game's entirety, ending with a 14-5 win.
The Ephs were clearly in command for the game's first half, posting 9 goals to the opponents' 1. The game began with draw control for the Thoroughbreds, but the Ephs quickly gained control of the ball and cleared it. Play moved to the offensive for the Ephs, and just a minute and 14 seconds into the game first-year Claire Fitzpatrick put the day's first goal on the board with a high-angle shot, unassisted. Over the first 7 minutes of play, Williams scored 4 more times, each shot taken finding its way into the net. Eph head coach Alice Lee said of this beginning, "It felt good coming in strong to start." Sophomore Kara Wollmers scored two of these early goals and had the assist on one. Skidmore took no shots during this time.
After the fifth consecutive Eph goal, with the clock at 23:32, the Thoroughbreds called a timeout. They returned to the field with renewed vigor, but the Ephs still held a strong offensive position.
Thirteen minutes into the game, Skidmore had their first shot on goal from junior Cas Szwajkowski, but the shot was saved by the Eph goalkeeper, sophomore Kami Cisneros. Five minutes, one Thoroughbred goalie change, and one Williams point later, Skidmore had their second shot on goal. Unassisted, junior Natalie LaBeau sent the ball past Cisneros and into the bottom of the net.
Th Ephs scored three more goals before the end of the half, all three from different players. At half-time, Williams was leading 9-1.
In the game's second half, competition grew more intense. During the first 12 minutes of play, the Ephs fired in two more goals, giving the team a 10-goal lead, which meant the game was now being played with a running clock. Skidmore quickly retaliated, and after the Ephs won the draw control the Thoroughbreds took advantage of an unforced turnover to run the ball to the other end of the field. At 16:30, Skidmore first-year Shelby Boland netted a second point for her team and narrowed the 10-point gap. This was followed by another goal from Boland just a minute and a half later, this time with sophomore Lilla Seymour on the assist.
Williams scored twice more—both shots from senior Olivia Polk, and the clock went back to running time once more. With the clock at 8:25, Eph first-year Simone Veale netted her first goal of the season, a high angle shot off of an assist from first-year teammate Olivia Polk. This was the final Williams goal of the game.
Though they were behind by 11 goals, the Thoroughbreds kept fighting to the end. With under 2 minutes remaining, first-year Emily Hirsch scored an unassisted goal from the left-hand side. Williams won the next draw control, but the Skidmore gained possession of the ball and brought it to goal. In the final second of play, LaBeau scored goal number two for this game, an unassisted shot into the bottom of the net.
The game ended a Williams win 14-5. In the words of the team's head coach, "I think we were doing well across the field and connecting across the field today. We just came out hot."
The Ephs' Kara Wollmers ledin scoring, with each of her 4 shots taken resulting in goals. She was closely followed by teammates Emma Tenbarge and Olivia Polk, each of whom scored 3 times. On the Skidmore side, LaBeau's 2 goals led the Thoroughbreds.
In addition to the powerful offense the Ephs put onto the field today, the team put forward an incredibly strong defense. Time in goal was split equally between Cisneros and junior Ana Alvarenga, and coach Alice Lee said, "Both of our goalies did well today." Cisneros made 2 saves and allowed 1 goal, and Alvarenga saved 6 shots and allowed 4 goals. The defensive players did well in supporting these two goalies, and coach Lee felt that, "We had a lot of people coming in to fill the roles." She went on to say that, "It was good that we were able to establish the pressure that we wanted and be able to dictate play a little bit."
The Thoroughbreds also had two goalkeepers play today, both sophomores. Nicki Eckert played for 43:36, making 5 saves and allowing 9 goals, while Caroline Kenlon played for the remaining 16:24, and she saved one shot while allowing 5 goals.
Five yellow cards were given during the game: one to an Eph and the other four to Skidmore players.
The Ephs will next be playing at 12:00 PM EST on Saturday, April 21. The game, against Bowdoin, will be played at home.