Game 4 recap written by sophomore #20 Libby Dolan
Williams 3 – Smith 0
On Tuesday night WCFH traveled to Smith College and secured a 3-0 shut out victory over the Pioneers. We were able to achieve several team goals, including taking a lead in the first five minutes of the game.
In just 4 minutes and 51 seconds, Alex Bennett found the back of the net. The Ephs kept the ball on the Pioneers’ end of the field for the majority of the remaining time in the first half, maintaining the 1-0 lead. Defense stayed strong with block tackles and aerials across the field.
In the second half, Hannah Goodrich stayed low in the circle and was able to score on a rebound that went off of the goalie’s pads. Only eight minutes later, Alex Bennett scored her second goal of the night on a rebound as well. WCFH definitely proved their aggression in the circle against the Pioneers as two of the goals were rebounds off of initial shots.
The aggression and excitement that we had at Smith will be carried into this weekend at Amherst and Bates as we look for revenge from last season. Go Ephs!!!
Smith Game Notes:The Ephs fired early and never let up, outshooting the Pioneers 20 to 11. #9 Alex Bennett lead the charge with 9 shots and 2 goals. #8 Hannah Goodrick netted 1 goal. #16 Isabel Perry recorded another assist this game.
Game 5 & 6 recap written by #6 Maggie Shilling and #12 Caroline Taverna
Williams 3 – Amherst 5
‘Twas a fateful Saturday morning. Not fateful because it was game day, but fateful because the Ephs Field Hockey team had to step foot in Amherst, Ma. However, the Ephs were excited and prepared for the battle that lay ahead. A centuries-old rivalry was about to meet once again on the field hockey turf.
The battle began and the Ephs were off to a great start. Soon into the game Amherst scored the first goal; however, the Ephs quickly answered back with a goal by Libby Dolan ‘19. Amherst scored again — the battle was on. Alex Bennett ‘18 scored before halftime, bringing the game to 2-2.
After halftime, a goal by Meredith Wright ‘19 brought the Ephs ahead 3-2. Unfortunately, Amherst scored a third goal soon after to make the score 3-3. The Ephs held out the entire game with fantastic defensive pressure and amazing saves by goalie Margaret Draper ‘17. However, Amherst found a lead with 2 more goals in the second half, bringing the total and final tally to 5-3. The Ephs stuck it out until the end, but just could not find the back of the goal again.
Determined and still goal hungry, the Ephs move away from that game hoping for and excited for another shot at taking on the Amherst field hockey team in the NESCAC tournament. Meanwhile, though, the Ephs’ focus quickly shifted to their game against the Bates’ Bobcats the next day.
Williams 2 – Smith 1 — OT WIN
The atmosphere of the Hampton Inn that Sunday morning in Lewiston, ME was electric. Alongside the men’s and women’s soccer teams, the field hockey team fortified their bodies at the breakfast buffet and readied themselves to take on the Bobcats. After the tough loss to Amherst, the Ephs would accept nothing but victory.
At 1:00pm Eastern Time the starting whistle blew and it was time for Williams to prove themselves. Adjusting nicely to the fast astro-turf of Campus Avenue Field, the Ephs played with dominance but couldn’t find the back of the net. Finally, at 10:21 Alex Bennet ‘18 finessed one in with an assist from Isabel Perry ‘20. The 1-0 lead held into the half, but the Ephs were hungry for more goals.
The feisty Bobcats had not given up yet though and battled throughout the second half. Around the 52nd minute of the game, a truly unique, some might even say creative interpretation by the referees resulted in a corner for Bates. The Bobcats took advantage of their opportunity and tied it up. The Ephs were fired up and fought relentlessly for a crucial second goal, but were unable to finish before time ran out. It would be sudden death (sudden victory just doesn’t have the drama I’m looking for here) overtime for the Ephs and the Bobcats.
Resolved to finish the match and take home a win, the Ephs gave it their all. Awarded a corner, they had their opportunity to defeat the Bobcats once and for all. Alex Bennet ‘18 fired her signature drive into the circle where Rachel Brissette ‘17 deftly deflected in past the goalie and into the cage. Much celebration and embracing ensued. It was a good day to be an Eph.
Amherst Game Notes: The Ephs recorded 9 shots and 4 penalty corners against #15 ranked Amherst. The Ephs took the lead 4-3 at the 49 minute mark, but Amherst quickly retaliated. Goals came from #9 Alex Bennett, #20 Libby Dolan, and #24 Meredith Wright. Bennett also tallied an assist.
Bates Game Notes: The Ephs and Bobcats were very evenly matched with Williams just barely outshot Bates 13 to 11 and out cornered them 5 to 4. #9 Alex Bennett registered another goal and an overtime assist. Freshman #16 Isabel Perry continues to put up stats with another assist. #13 Rachel Brissette ended the game with an overtime goal off Bennett’s corner shot. #41 Margaret Draper recorded 3 saves in the win.