WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Twelfth-ranked Wesleyan University (1-0/1-0 NESCAC) scored the first six goals of the game and the first five goals of the second half to post a 15-5 season-opening win over host Williams College (0-1/0-1 NESCAC).
The visiting Cardinals scored on their first possession after winning the game-opening draw control. Twenty-six seconds into the contest Abby Manning scored unassisted to put Wesleyan up 1-0. Emma Richards upped the Wesleyan lead to 3-0 with an unassisted goal and then she scored off a pass from Sydney Prokupek.
Caitlin Wood scored two unassisted goals and then Prokupek scored her first goal of the season with Richards assisting making it 6-0 Wesleyan.
The first Eph goal came at 10:34 with Kara Wollmers scoring as she converted off a feed from Kallie Saudek, After Wesleyan answered that goal Wollmers was back again scoring this time off a pass from Madison Fulcher-Melendy at 8:16.
Sydney Prokupek's two unassisted goals closed out the scoring in the first half with Wesleyan on top 9-2.
Wesleyan fired 15 shots at Eph goalie Kami Cisneros in the half, while the Ephs were limited to five shots on goal.
The second half opened with five unanswered goals by Wesleyan with Abigail Horst and Caitlin Wood each scoring twice and Sydney Prokupek scoring once.
The Cardinals Caitlin Wood and Sydney Prokupek tied for game high in goals scored with four each. The Ephs were led in scoring by Kara Wollmers who notched two goals and Mason Yonge who scored one goal and assisted on two.
Wesleyan goalie Allegra Grant made five saves and allowed five goals, while Eph goalie Kami Cisneros made seven saves and allowed 15 goals.
"Today was about transition and taking care of the ball and not giving Wesleyan extra opportunities," noted Eph head coach Alice Lee. "We needed to possess the ball better. We had some good fast breaks in the second half and some stops, so those are things we can build on. We just have to focus on the little things."
Next up for the Ephs is a home game on March 5 when they host Endicott College at 7:00 PM.