WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. -- The Colby Mules (7-5/3-5 NESCAC) netted the first goal of the game at 1:57 when Robyn Pirie converted off a feed from Bridget Howard, but Williams College (7-5/3-5 NESCAC) responded with a six-goal run and just 14:40 in the Ephs' owned a five-goal lead, 6-1.
Colby scored five of the last seven goals of the first half and narrowed the Eph lead to 8-6 at the break. Taylor Moore scored two of the five Mule goals in that spree. Bridget Howard assisted by Emma Banks scored the final goal of the half with just 21 seconds remaining.
The mules crept closer in the early stages of the second half when Robyn Pirie scored from the left side off a feed from Howard to make the score 8-7 at 25:33. Williams responded with a free position score by Claire Fitzpatrick to take a 9-7 lead, but the Mules came back just 40 seconds later to make it 9-8 when Pirie scored again with Chiamaka Ubani assisting. That turned out to be the closest the Mules would come on the day to the Ephs.
Williams ran off four straight goals to build a 13-9 lead and again it was Emma TenBarge doing the damage as she scored three of the four Eph goals and Kara Wollmers added the other. Two of Ten Barge's scores in the skein came on free position opportunities.
Taylor Moore twice in less than two minutes to draw the Mules with four, down 15-11 and Zoe Lash added the game's last goal off a pass from Pirie to make the final 15-12. The win keeps the Ephs' NESCAC Tournament hopes alive.
Commenting after the game about Colby scoring the first goal of the game Eph head coach Alice Lee noted, "Our girls did a great job sticking to our game plan and at this point they are just on auto pilot. They play hard and they play smart. We also took good care of the ball today and valued possession."
Emily Podgorni was in goal for the Mules and she allowed 15 goals and recorded 15 saves, while the Ephs' Kami Cisneros stopped seven shots and allowed 12 goals.
Williams won 20 of 29 draw controls and Williams caused a dozen turnovers, while the mules caused eight. Colby fired off 19 shots on goal and the Ephs registered 30 shots on goal.