BRUNSWICK, ME – In the second-to-last game of the regular season, the Williams College women's lacrosse team was defeated by the Bowdoin College Polar Bears 21-9. While the Ephs made four of eight free position shots compared to the Bears' two of eight, Bowdoin took 29 shots on the Williams goal while the Ephs were only able to take 17.
"Our composure and not rushing some of our looks," stated head coach Alice Lee. "We had too many unforced errors which gave Bowdoin opportunities in their transition game."
The goalies from each team–Kami Cisneros from Williams and Erin Morrissey from Bowdoin – made eight saves apiece. The Bears' top scorer was Katie Miller with five, while three Williams players were tied for top Eph scorer: Emma TenBarge, Claire Fitzpatrick, and Suzanna Penikis had two apiece.
Three came flying out of the gate from Bowdoin from players Maggie Savage assisted by Kara Finnerty, Miller assisted by Elizabeth Growney, and Miller again assisted by Natalie Rudin. The Ephs' first goal came just under ten minutes into the game from Sophia Millay assisted by Meghan Halloran.
Miller came right back for the Bears with another goal assisted by Rudin, followed by another from Finnerty to put the score at 5-1. In response, Halloran put up Williams' second goal of the game, but quickly saw a follow-up from Bowdoin's Eliza Denious assisted by Kate McAloon, who maintained the Bears' four-goal lead.
Eph Penikis was next on the board, but once again could not shake Williams' bad luck as another from a relentless Katie Miller, this time assisted by Sophia Lubrano, maintained the Bears' lead. Fiona Bundy assisted by Kara Finnerty made that lead a five-goal one, putting the score at 8-3.
Emma TenBarge, boasting a 13 goals in three games from last week, cut through swarming Bowdoin defenders to score on a free position. Lubrano and Bundy scored twice more to increase the Bears' lead to 10-4. Miller once again scored, but two came from Williams in response – one from Fitzpatrick and one from TenBarge on a free position, cutting the deficit to five. However, three more came from Bowdoin, the last by Kara Finnerty with two seconds on the clock to put Bowdoin at a 14-6 lead by the end of the half.
In the style of the first half, three more goals came sprinting onto the scoreboard within the first ten minutes, as the Bears' Bundy put up two and Eliza Denious, assisted by Bundy, put up one. Williams' Korinna Garfield recovered control of the ball for the Ephs and was able to put it through to clear. Due to this, Fitzpatrick was able to score and bring the record to 17-7.
The next goal was Bowdoin's thanks to Amanda Anderson assisted by Rudin. Wollmers made a speedy comeback for Williams on a free position. The Bears had the next one from Denious assisted by Finnerty, but Penikis was able to put one up on a free position during a man-up opportunity, setting the score at 19-9.
Before the final buzzer sounded, two more goals came from Bowdoin: one from Anderson on a free position and another from Kate Kelly assisted by Lubrano. This left the score with the Bears up 21-9 to win the game.
"We handled the ball well in transition and our defenders are generating some fast break looks for us. Emma [TenBarge] and our circle players did well on the draw," said Lee.
Asked what the players will focus on for their final game this season, Lee remarked that they will "focus on limiting the amount of shots/opportunities for the other team while maximizing our own."
The Ephs will play at Middlebury this coming Wednesday, April 24th, for their last game of the regular season.