CLAREMONT, CA – In a game full of twists and turns, the Williams College women's lacrosse team beat out the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Athenas 14-13 with a shot by Sophia Millay with eight seconds on the clock winning the game for the Ephs. CMS came in on a three-game winning streak, and while they had fewer turnovers in comparison to Williams, the Ephs far outpaced the Athenas in draw controls and ground ball pickups.
While the Athena's Corie Hack amassed an impressive five goals, Williams' win was very much a team effort, as six different Ephs contributed two goals apiece while two more pitched in one each. Eph goalie Kami Cisneros saved eight shots, but credit must be given to the CMS freshman goalie Emma Goldfield for stopping 15 despite her team's loss.
While CMS claimed the opening draw, the Athenas were unable to convert to a goal thanks to a caused turnover. Both teams played aggressive defense, with neither able to make a goal despite the ball changing hands eight times in the first five minutes. While each team took two shots, Williams goalie Cisneros and Athena goalie Goldfield caught dual saves.
When the Athenas finally snagged the ball after two missed shots by the Ephs, CMS's Allie Hill was able to float it into the net for a 1-0 lead. The Athenas won the next draw control as well, and while the ball spent a significant amount of time in Williams' zone, CMS was unable to convert and eventually turned it over to the Ephs. Unfortunately, the ball went straight back to CMS, who put up their second goal of the day.
Another swarming of CMS attackers saw Hack score the Athenas' third goal of the night. But the next draw control went to Williams, along with the next goal, which was thanks to Meghan Halloran. The ball would change hands another six times before the next goal, which was scored by Claire Fitzpatrick on a free position shot. CMS, looking to widen the narrowing gap between them and the Ephs, attempted a free position shot, but was thwarted by Cisneros.
Seven minutes and seven turnovers later, Williams found themselves once again in a free position. First-year Mason Younge grabbed her tenth goal of the season, pulling the Ephs even with the Athenas 3-3. CMS's Sally Abel took a shot, but was foiled by Cisneros, who came out of her circle to take possession of the ball and pass it off to the Ephs defenders. More back and forth followed, but Eph Emma TenBarge was able to convert on a free position to score the fourth straight goal for Williams and captured a 4-3 lead for the first time in the game.
The Athenas' Hack, assisted by Emily Cohen, ended CMS's nearly fifteen minute long scoring drought with a left-handed shot, tying the game at 4-4. Williams' next two free position attempts were fruitless, but the Ephs were able to recover the ball twice before the Athena's Emma Goldfield picked up a ground ball for CMS and took back possession. Nonetheless, the following shot was blocked and the ball was claimed by Williams' Halloran. Allison Norris was able to score off of this, assisted by Fitzpatrick, and put the Ephs back in the lead. Shortly after, TenBarge put up her second of the night on a man-up free position shot, leaving Williams up 6-4, having stormed back in the last fifteen minutes of the half.
Hack came back right out of the gate in the second half with a goal, but Younge was right behind her with a free position shot of her own, bringing the score to 7-5 in favor of the Ephs. An unfortunate stroke of luck for Williams saw an incredible four-goal run from the Athenas, who recaptured the lead 9-7. The Ephs' Norris retalitated, assisted by Fitzpatrick, netting a goal fourteen seconds after the draw. If that wasn't enough excitement, Williams' Sophia Millay put up another less than a minute later, tying the game at 9-9.
The Athenas' Abel was able to score shortly after, edging CMS back in front. Hack came back with another goal shortly later, putting the score at 11-9. Williams came back with a between-the-legs shot from Suzanna Penikis, cutting the deficit to one. CMS's Abel, assisted by Hill, saw that this was short lived as she scored one for the Athenas, increasing their lead to 12-10.
Another small break in scoring culminated in a Futterman goal for CMS, assisted by Cohen, putting the Athenas back in a three goal lead for the first time since the beginning of the game. Wollmers, handed the ball in a rush down the field, cut to score the Eph's first goal in a while assisted by Fitzpatrick. A quick follow-up came from Penikis, who cut the deficit to one with a minute and thirty seconds to go.
Fitzpatrick, in an incredible play, scored with 57 seconds left on the clock, and tied the game at 13-13. The next draw control barely went to Williams thanks to TenBarge, with both teams looking for the shot that would be the nail in the coffin for the game. CMS's desperate offense led to the Ephs receiving a free position, and Millay, with eight seconds left, converted to score and put Williams in the lead for the win 14-13.
The team will face Tufts on their home turf next Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:00 pm PST.