WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - With just under four minutes left on the clock, Endicott College (0-1) cut the score deficit to one goal and the pressure was on for the Williams College women's lacrosse team (1-1).
Even worse, after a timeout and play resumed, the Ephs found themselves a man down. But when first-year Mason Yonge found herself in a free position opportunity and she took full advantage – scoring the last goal of the game, giving Williams the win 9-7.
"It was a team win across the board," asserted Eph head coach Alice Lee. "Everyone stepped up really big tonight, playing different roles, and taking care of the details we had talked about in practice. It was great to see the adjustments being put into play today."
This was the third time the Ephs have played Endicott and their third straight win. Endicott, who went 14-4 last year, struggled to clear the ball at points during the game and won only three draws compared to the Ephs' 15.
"Saturday was a great learning experience for us," remarked Lee. "The mindset is essentially any challenge we face, we see that as an opportunity, and our goal is to get better every day. I think the girls really took that to heart and came out here with a clean slate to put it to work."
Williams' first goal came from Emma TenBarge '19, who scored on a free position shot to even the score 1-1 against the Gulls. Tenacious defense from Endicott caused Williams to push for time against the shot clock, and the Ephs were unable to get past Endicott goalie Bella Rino who made several early saves. Jennifer Lacroix put Endicott in the lead 3-2 at 22:11 netting a goal from a free position shot. The Eph defense then held the visiting Gulls scoreless for just over 31 minutes through the end of the first half and into the first nine minutes of the second half . The Eph defense allowed the Eph attack to establish a 7-3 before Endicott scored again.
Williams' Kara Wollmers scored two of the goals in the five-goal Eph spree that gave Williams a lead, 4-3, at 9:58 of the first half.
Endicott netted three straight goals in the final 15 minutes to narrow the Eph lead to 8-7 before Mason Yonge tallied a goal for the Ephs on a free position shot, while the Ephs were a man down, at 1:32 to settle matters.
Asked what the team will be doing to prepare to face Trinity on the road later this Saturday, Lee said: "Sharpening the little details. That's all it is; the devil's in the details."
Kara Wollmers led the Eph attack with three goals, while Endicott got two goals each from Jennifer Lacroix and Meghan Dutchyshyn.
Endicott's Bella Rino stopped 14 of 23 Eph shots on the night and Eph goalie Kami Cisneros made five saves and allowed seven goals.
The Ephs next play at Trinity College on Saturday at 1:00 PM.