CAMBRIDGE, MA - In their first road game of this year's spring break, the Williams College women's lacrosse team defeated the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Beavers 17-6. The Ephs held the Beavers at bay with a consistent five-point deficit throughout most of the game thanks to their superior ball control.
"We've got some really strong attackers on our team, [and] I think they're starting to take risks," said head coach Alice Lee proudly. "Today was really about putting into practice what we've been executing. It was great seeing different people contribute to that."
Two Williams players scored four goals apiece: Allison Norris and Claire Fitzpatrick, with Fitzpatrick also picking up two assists. Eph goalie Kami Cisneros saved six of 12 shots. MIT switched goalies at the half, with the first goalie, Kiely Smiga-McManus, saving 10 of 18 shots and the second, Hannah Adams, saving eight of 18. The Beavers' Cecilia McCormack scored the most goals for MIT with three.
Williams set the tempo high immediately with a goal right out of the gate, scored by Sophia Milay with her fifth goal of the season. Norris quickly followed with the second goal of the game less than a minute later. If that wasn't enough excitement, Kailie Saudek compounded Williams' success to score a third goal immediately afterward, bringing the Ephs to a 3-0 score within the first minute and a half.
Due to Williams' success in capturing draw controls and MIT's large number of turnovers, the Beavers found themselves unable to score for much of the first half of the game. A drought in scoring for either team was ended by Fitzpatrick for Williams, who scored goal number four of the day. Though MIT found themselves in a free position attempt, they were unable to convert to a goal and turned over the ball to Williams once again. Shortly after, Fitzpatrick put up another goal for Williams, bringing the score to 5-0.
The Beavers' first goal came with just six minutes left in the half when McCormack, assisted by Anna Flooks, scored for MIT. This stroke of luck did not last, as Williams responded by scoring twice in response: one goal from Fitzpatrick assisted by Mason Younge, and another from Norris assisted by Suzanna Penikis, bringin the score to 7-1.
Megan Halloran followed this up with another goal for Williams, but MIT's Sydney LaPorte came back with a goal of her own, assisted by Eva Then, leaving the score with Williams up 8-2 at the half.
MIT started the second half with a goal, but did not keep the ball for long. Emma TenBarge made the first free position goal of the game for Williams, and scored again on a free position a minute later. Two free position goals in a row from the Beavers Shannon Wing and McCormack seemed to signal a new wind from MIT, but Williams was able to do one better by scoring three times in a row after an unfortunate MIT shot attempt was blocked by Eph goalie Cisneros.
Sophia Milay scored in her first goal since the very beginning of the game, assisted by Norris, to bring the score to 14-5. She was quickly followed by another goal from Halloran, assisted by Younge.
MIT's McCormack assisted by Then scored in a last-ditch attempt to cut the deficit down in the last minutes of the game. Ali Hoffman attempted to score on a free position attempt as well for MIT, but was foiled by Williams' Cisneros. Norris finished out the game by scoring twice in a row for the Ephs, handing Williams the 17-6 win.
Williams will face off against Bates in their second road game of spring break on Saturday, March 23 at 12:00 PM.