WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Ephs (6-8 / 2-7 NESCAC) took on the Bowdoin Polar Bears (11-3 / 6-3 NESCAC) at home this afternoon. As the last regular season home game, today's match was taken as an opportunity to honor the team's graduating seniors. Six players will be ending their Williams lacrosse careers with the end of this season: Isha Singh, Olivia Polk, Kat Fearey, Caroline Hogan, Kate Pattison, and Jenny Roach. It was announced at the beginning of the game that "as a class, they have collected 222 ground balls and caused 116 turnovers so far."
With the intensely competitive game that lay before them, these six women would be increasing those numbers significantly. Eph head coach Alice Lee remarked, "I thought our seniors did a really nice job today leading the charge going into the game. They are the heart of our team, and they were so engaged and fired up the whole time."
After a very close game, the Polar Bears took the win with a score in the final two minutes of the game. In all, they posted 10 goals to the Ephs' 9.
The match started quickly, with the first two goals scored within the first 4 minutes of play. Both were Williams tallies—the first a free position shot from senior Kat Feary and the second a score from first-year Claire Fitzgerald directly off of the draw control. This two-point lead was one of two moments in the game when the score differed by greater than one.
When the game had been going for nearly 8 minutes, Bowdoin netted their first shot of the day. Junior Natalie Rudin took a free position shot into the bottom of the net, sending it into goal.
The two teams were clearly a close match, and continued scoring back and forth, with neither team able to pull much ahead of the other. At the half, Williams led 5-4.
The first goal of the second half was a Williams score. Following a timeout with the Polar Bears on the offensive, the Ephs cleared the ball and headed to goal. First-year Meghan Halloran made a pass to first-year teammate Sophia Millay, who netted the team's sixth tally.
With six minutes remaining in the game, Bowdoin had taken the lead, but Halloran tied it back up with a low shot off a free position. The two teams fought furiously in the final minutes. From a saved Williams shot at 2:38, the Bowdoin players cleared the ball. Rapidly, they headed to goal. Though they were playing man down, the Polar Bears put out a strong offensive thrust and with less than two minutes on the clock, Bowdoin first-year Katie Miller netted the final goal of the game, her team's 10th.
In total, Bowdoin led with 29 shots to the Ephs' 23. For free position shots, the Polar Bears scored on 2 of 6, while the Ephs scored on 4 of 6. Both teams did well in ground ball pickups, with Bowdoin leading slightly 17-16. On the Ephs' side, Kat Fearey in particular shone on this front. The senior picked up 7 ground balls over the course of the game, leading the field by a wide margin.
Senior Kayli Weiss was in goal for the full 60 minutes on the Polar Bears side, making 5 saves and allowing 9 goals. For the Ephs, two goalkeepers shared the time equally: sophomore Kami Cisneros started the game between the posts, making 4 saves and allowing 4 goals during the first half. Junior Ana Alvarenga was Eph goalkeeper in the second half, and she made 5 saves and allowed 6 goals.
Coach Lee commente, "I thought we played a good hard game, and Bowdoin played a nice game as well. I'm really proud of the effort that we put out there today. We're two very well-matched teams, it just didn't go our way today."
The Ephs' next and final regular season game will be an at-home match-up versus Middlebury. It will begin at 6:00PM EST on Wednesday, April 25th.