Williams Powers Past Pomona, Wins 15-11

Williams Powers Past Pomona, Wins 15-11

CLAREMONT, CA – In their latest road game of spring break 2019, the Williams College women's lacrosse team triumphed over the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens 15-11. The Ephs sported a plethora of players on the scoreboard, with eight different players contributing goals to the team's win. While Williams made 23 turnovers in contrast to the Sagehen's 20, the Ephs far outdid Pomona in draw controls and were able to convert on five free position shots in comparison to Pomona's one.

The star of the show for Williams was senior co-captain Emma TenBarge, who scored four goals for the Ephs. Maggie Sweeney of the Sagehens also scored four goals and picked up one assist. Eph goalie Kami Cisneros had eight saves, while Pomona's Annie Price had an admirable twelve.

Williams immediately took command of the field, with the first draw control and goal going to the Ephs thanks to Mason Younge. Williams' next three shots were foiled by the Sagehens, whose first drive to score ended in a turnover. Despite this, their next saw Pomona's Sweeney sneak past Eph goalie Cisneros for a goal. Claire Fitzpatrick retaliated by scoring a goal of her own, edging Williams back into the lead 2-1.

Meghan Halloran netted the next one for the Ephs, skirting Sagehen goalie Price to score. Next up for Williams was TenBarge assisted by Fitzpatrick, who scored on a man-up opportunity to bring the Eph's lead to 4-1 over Pomona-Pitzer. But the Sagehens' Lilly Thomey responded by netting a goal of her own in an attempt to slow down Williams' momentum.

A sudden turnover by Williams seemed to give rise to a new wind for Pomona, who rushed the ball down the field in a burst of energy. Thomey put up a goal for the Sagehens on a free position and Sweeney, assisted by Zoe Puccia, scored another, cutting the deficit to one. This did not last long, as TenBarge came back with a free position goal in retribution, putting the Ephs up 5-3.

Allison Norris claimed Williams' sixth goal of the game, but Pomona's Thomey proved herself valuable to the Sagehens with her own goal shortly after. After a short break in scoring from an otherwise relentless game, the duo of TenBarge assisted by Fitzgerald put up another, bringing Williams into a three-point lead once again. Even when Pomona's Lily Hermann cut the deficit to two again, TenBarge quickly came back with a free position goal to bring the score to 8-5.

Unfortunately for the Ephs, the next goal was claimed by Pomona's Sweeney, who won the draw control to rush the goal and score with eleven seconds left on the clock. She was the final player to score for the quarter, which ended with Williams up 8-6.

Halloran scored the first and second goals of the latter half of the game on a free position, and when Kailie Saudek following up with one of her own, the Sagehens called a time-out. Fitzpatrick, ignoring the delay in momentum, snagged the ball off a Pomona turnover and sprinted to score on a mostly unguarded net. She was succeeded by Suzanna Penikis, who bagged Williams' thirteenth goal of the game.

Puccia put Pomona on the scoreboard for the first time in the second half with her timely goal. She went on to assist Kate Immergluck, who cut the deficit to five for the first time since early in the half. With the Sagehens pushing the ball into the Eph's zone more and more, Pomona's Eleanor Mackey was able to score, assisted by Sarah Woo. Ephs Fitzpatrick and Kara Wollmers retorted with two goals of their own with the former on a free position, but Woo put up another, bringing the score to 15-10 with Williams up.

Pomona's Sweeney put up her fourth goal for the game with 3:44 to go, but neither team was able to score in the meantime. The Ephs took the win, retaining their four-point lead to leave the final score at 15-11.

Williams will play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7:00 pm PST on Thursday, March 28th in their last road game of spring break.