May 9, 2010

Ephtastic: Williams Upends Colby for Crown

from press release

- Junior goalie Julia Schreiber (Cockeysville, Md.) totaled 12 saves and three ground balls, while holding the Colby College Mules scoreless for the final 31:51 of the game, to lead the No. 7-seeded Williams College Ephs to a 9-4 victory over No. 3-seeded Colby in the finals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament this afternoon on Sheppard Field at Trinity College.

Williams improves to 12-6, avenging both a 9-7 loss at Colby in its season opener and a 10-5 loss to the Mules in last year's NESCAC Finals, becomes just the third team to win the NESCAC Championship title in the 10 years of the tournament's existence, and earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament.

Two-time defending champion Colby, drops to 13-4 and looks for an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament when those bids are announced this evening.

Williams trailed, 4-2, after Colby sophomore midfielder Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) sped past the Eph defense from just inside midfield for her second goal of the game, with 1:51 left in the first half. Eph senior Tracey Ferriter (Winchester, Mass.) answered a minute later on a free-position goal to cut the lead to one entering the break, and Williams dominated the second half with six straight goals.

Senior midfielder Whitney Kelly (Weston, Mass.) tied the game on another free-position 1:46 into the second half, and senior attacker Tina Nawrocki (Winchester, England) tallied the clincher at the 26:38 mark with a wrap-around move behind the net followed by a quick switch of the stick from her right to her left hand that fooled Colby junior goalie Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.). Four different Ephs added goals over the next 20 minutes of the second half, while the Williams defense allowed at the Colby offense few opportunities and each was stopped by Schreiber's quick stick work in the cage.

Williams held a 10-to-5 edge on the draw and converted on five out of six free-position shots, while Colby failed on all five of its free positions and committed 27 fouls to just 16 for the Ephs. Williams sophomore Meera Sivalingam (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored twice, while Ferriter finished with a goal and an assist and led all players in ground balls with five, draw controls with four, and caused turnovers with three.

Colby senior tri-captain attacker Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.) notched one goal and one assist, while senior tri-captain defender Caroline Duke (Englewood, Colo.) added a team-high four ground balls, and Warnke stopped three shots in goal.

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