WILLIAMSTOWN, MA.. -- The Williams' women's lacrosse team (1-1) scored the first three goals of the game, one by Kara Wollmers and two by Shea van den Broek, to open up a 3-0 lead and the Ephs were never equaled on their way to a 17-5 win over Skidmore (0-2). Skidmore battled back chipping away at the early Eph lead and Emily Hirsch's free position goal at 15:47 of the first half drew the Thoroughbreds to within one goal of the Ephs, down 4-3.
The Hirsch goal ignited a string of eight unanswered goals by Williams with Claire Fitzpatrick netting three goals and Olivia Gomez and Shea Van Den Broek each netting two and Williams established a nine-goal lead at the end of the first half, 12-3. Van den Broek and Gomez's last goals of the half were just 20 seconds apart at 00:21 and 00:01. Isabel Arvelo, Olivia Gomez and Lily Warendorf assisted on goals in the Ephs' run of success.
The Ephs extended their string of unanswered goals in the second half when they tallied the first five goals in pushing their lead to 17-3 with just under 20 minutes left to play. Mason Yonge, Lily Warendorf and Sophia Millay each scored a goal and Kara Wollmers added two in closing out the scoring for the Ephs on the day.
Eph head coach Alice Lee was extremely proud of the way each of her players was focused on the general wellbeing of the team instead of playing for themselves. She noted that the defense did an amazing job of working the ball up the field and the offensive really worked together to make those 17 goals possible, which is seen in the high number of assists. Lee noted that she is inspired by "how much the team loves each other and plays for each other, which can make all the difference." Skidmore's Grace Connerty and Avery Geddes each tallied a goal in the second half to make the final score 17-5.
The Ephs won 17 out of 25 draw controls, allowing them to control the ball for most of the contest. For the Ephs, Claire Fitzpatrick won 5 draw controls and Isabel Arvelo won 4 others. The Thoroughbreds controlled 8 draws, led by Sophia Craco who won 3 of them.
Claire Fitzpatrick and Kara Wollmers led the Eph attack scoring three goals apiece. Olivia Gomez contributed two goals and a team-high three assists. Grace Connerty and Emily Hersch each had two goals for Skidmore.
Skidmore goalie Phoebe Beshlian made 5 saves and Niki Eckert saved four shots for the Thoroughbreds in the second half, many of which were free position shots by the Ephs.
Williams will next travel to Waterville, Maine on Saturday to face Colby College in a NESCAC contest.