April 6, 2011

Williams Continues Dominance of NESCAC Series with Conn. College

from press release

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. –– Williams (5-4, 2-3 NESCAC) took on NESCAC foe Connecticut College (3-6, 0-5 NESCAC) today at Renzie Lamb Field. Williams beat Connecticut College 14-11. The Ephs, who ranked 16 in the latest IWLCA poll, and the Camels have met 34 times since 1995. Williams leads the all-time record 28-5.

Head Coach Chris Mason said "We did much better today then on Saturday. We controlled the ball better and we just need to keep improving from there."

Connecticut College dominated the opening minutes of the half, scoring two goals in the opening eight minutes. Williams quickly returned fire, scoring six goals in a to gain the lead. Junior Meera Sivalingam scored the Ephs' first goal at 21:41,with Emily Jablonski'14, assisted by Margie Fulton'12 scoring moments later. Emily Whicker'13 won the draw following Sivalingam's goal, moving the ball up field to Fulton. The resulting sustained pressure led to Jablonski's goal.

A few minutes later Rebecca McGovern scored her first goal of the game off a free-position shot, making the score 3-2 to in the Ephs favor. A minute later Fulton received the ball in the 8 from Jablonski, spinning to beat her defender and sending a rocket over the Camel keeper's shoulder. A second goal from McGovern and one from Kaitlin Ellis gave the Ephs their fifth and sixth goals, respectively.

Connecticut College tried to narrow the lead with 11:20 remaining in the first half. The Camels scored two more goals to bring the score within two. Following Connecticut College's goal at 8:17, McGovern scored off a free position shot, giving her a hat trick. Classmate Jablonski scored two minutes later making the score 8-5. Connecticut College returned fire, with senior Abby Hill scoring her second and third goals of the game to bring the game within one. Williams, however, had the last word of the half, with McGovern, assisted by Anne Marie Burke, scoring with only 8 seconds left to play.

Williams brought their first half momentum into the second half with sophomore Nicolle Perry scoring two back-to-back goals giving the Ephs an 11-7 lead. Connecticut College scored with just under 21 minutes left to play. The game remained scores less for six minutes, but McGovern struck again with 15:54 left to play, putting away her fifth goal on a back-door goal over the head of  Camel Caitlin Cataldo.

Connecticut College narrowed the lead to one, scoring two unanswered goals in the ninth minute of the half and one with 3:26 remaining. The Ephs quickly regained momentum. With 2:28 remaining Fulton and Whicker combined to catch Cataldo out of her net scoring on the empty net. Freshman duo Jablonski and McGovern worked together to score the 14th goal a minute later. The Ephs stalled, successfully killing off the final minute and a half to win 14-11.

"Overall, I was happy with how it went. It was a little scary at the end," Mason said. "[Conn]is  very dynamic, and has some very good players. We went with a faster line-up today, which helped us to win the ball in the attack and the midfield areas. We've also been better with the ball on attack."

Williams takes on Springfield College tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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