MIDDLEBURY, VT– In their last game of the season, the Williams College women's lacrosse team was defeated by the Middlebury Panthers 18-9. The Panthers now have the top seed in the NESCAC tournament, having only lost once this season in overtime to Bates. While the Ephs outdid Middlebury in free position shots, the Panthers topped Williams in ground balls and outdid the Ephs 35-24 in shots.
Middlebury's Emma McDonagh led in goals with four on the board, while two Ephs – Emma TenBarge and Sophia Millay – tied at 3 for the most Williams goals. Eph goalie Kami Cisneros made six saves; Middlebury goalie Julia Keith had eight.
With the first half turning out to be an edge for the Ephs, Williams snagged 13 of 16 draw controls for the initial period. The first goal of the game, however, went to the Panthers, as Erin Nicholas won the initial draw and scored only ten seconds into the game. Claire Fitzpatrick came back for the Ephs directly after, evening the score at 1-1. Two more came from Middlebury, but Kara Wollmers responded in kind with two of her own, the first assisted by TenBarge and the second on a free position.
Erin Nicholas put up one for the Panthers next, but Millay, in the fashion of her teammate Fitzpatrick, scored twice in a row. Her first was assisted by Wollmers and the second was on a free position. But Williams' luck did not last, as Middlebury went on a four-goal run to raise their lead to 8-5.
More back and forth followed, as Williams' Millay assisted by Penikis slipped past Panther goalie Keith to score, followed by Middlebury's Jenna McNicholas assisted by Emily Barnard. TenBarge scored on a free position to bring the Ephs within two points of the Panthers. Even so, Grace Getman of Middlebury assisted by Emily Barnard scored the last point of the half, bringing the score to the Panthers up 10-7.
The second half was much less fortunate for Williams, as it began with a four-goal run for Middlebury. TenBarge was the first second-half goal for Williams, scoring on a free position with about 12 minutes left in the game. The Panthers weren't done, though, and proceeded to repeat their run from earlier and scored another four points from four different players.
TenBarge scored the last goal of the game with a minute on the clock, but could not delay Middlebury's momentum from earlier. The game wrapped with the Panthers up 18-9 over Williams.