WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – After a fiery second half from the visitors, the Williams College women's lacrosse team was defeated by the Tufts University Jumbos 21-13. Tufts is 9-0 and is ranked first in NESCAC as the only team with a 5-0 record. The Jumbos took a hefty 51 shots throughout the game, and while the Ephs took only 35, they topped Tufts in draw controls by one.
"For us, it's just cleaning up those little things so we're not giving a good opponent extra opportunities. If we have the ball, we can score, so it's just trying to win the draw," stated head coach Alice Lee. "Tufts is a good team; we're a good team, but at the end of the day, we just gave them too many opportunities."
Tufts' Colette Smith was the highest-scoring player for the matchup, racking up five for the Jumbos. Two Eph players – Emma TenBarge and Kara Wollmers – were tied at four apiece. While Williams goalie Kami Cisneros saved a total of 14 shots, the first of Tufts' two goalies, Audrey Evers, saved 16 in the first half. Their second, Molly Laliberty, saved six.
After the Jumbos put up a goal thirty seconds into the game, Williams won the next draw control, but could not convert on the following free position shot. As a result, Tufts recovered the ball and scored their second goal of the night. The next draw control went to the Ephs, thanks to Sophia Milay, and first-year Mason Yonge cut to score Williams' first goal of the game. Emma Tenbarge, assisted by Meghan Halloran, quickly followed up with another to even the score at 2-2.
Cisneros, swarmed by Tufts attackers, blocked a shot by Jumbo Dakota Adamec, but the next shot by Tufts' Emily Games snuck by her to put Tufts in the lead. Another Williams free position initially proved fruitless, but Kara Wollmers, quadruple-teamed by Jumbo defenders, shot an overhead to to score with a man up and set the Ephs even with Tufts. Less than a minute later, a goal by Claire Fitzpatrick put Williams in the lead for the first time that game, but the Jumbos snagged another shortly after, tying up the score again at 4-4.
Two more from Tufts came flying into the Ephs' net, and when Jumbo Kathryn Delaney scored the Jumbo's third goal in a row on a feed from Catherine Lawliss, Williams called a time-out. A reinvigorated Wollmers cut the deficit by one shortly after, but was answered by Tufts' Emily Games, who scored to give the Jumbos a 7-5 lead. Tufts' next two free position attempts were not met with success, but a following between-the-legs shot by Colette Smith bounced into the Eph goal. After two failed free position shots, Williams' Wollmers made a difficult shot, followed by Fitzpatrick with a goal right off the next draw control, cutting the deficit to one with the score at 8-7.
More back and forth followed: Tufts' Adamec put up one on a free position, closely followed by Williams' TenBarge snagging another assisted by Halloran. Jumbo Smith scored on a free position; TenBarge responded with a free position of her own. With three seconds on the clock, Jumbo Smith scored the last goal of the half, giving Tufts an 11-9 lead going into the second.
Tufts came right out of the gate in the second, going on a four-goal run, two of which were from Smith. The Ephs' first goal of the latter half came from TenBarge, assisted by Yonge, making a small dent in the 15-10 lead Tufts had build up. Emboldened by her teammate's success, Eph Wollmers scored on the following free position shot. Williams' momentum, however, was soon after derailed by Jumbo Anna Clarke, who slid past Cisneros to score.
After Tufts' Courtney Grygiel bounced one in, the game saw an eleven-minute break in scoring, broken by Williams' Halloran, assisted by Wollmers. After Wollmer's goal, the Jumbos led 17-12. With the drought over, the shots poured in – Tufts' Lawliss, Kathryn Delaney, Sullivan on a man-up assisted by Grazewski, and Grazewski assisted by Mae Briody scored four in a row and boosted the Jumbo's lead to 21-12. With three seconds left, Eph Suzanna Penikis put up the last goal of the game, assisted by Emma TenBarge. When the final klaxon sounded, the win went to Tufts 21-13 over the Ephs.
The Ephs will play at Amherst this Saturday, April 6th at 1:00 PM.