Springfield game recap written by Junior #1 Julianna Kostas
Williams 8 – Springfield 0
The Ephs were ecstatic with their enormous 8-0 win!!! After coming off a tough double-header weekend, the team was ready to come into the Springfield game with high intensity and the need to win. Williams started off extremely strong, scoring began with senior captain Rachel Brissette within the first 4 minutes, setting the pace of the game from the very beginning.
Highlights of the game include a stellar HAT TRICK by the one and only Libby “Lib$” Dolan ’19. Furthermore, Libby led the game in shots (an impressive 7). Also scoring in this game were defenders Katie Gallop ‘17 and Caroline Taverna ’19, showing how capable and well-rounded the Williams team is this season. Kit Rosen ’17 and Brigid Bruno ’17 each netted a goal, bringing our total to 8. Another highlight of the night includes playing time for every non-injured player, allowing the whole team to grow together and gain experience playing as a unit.
The defense had a fantastic game and held the night to a shut-out. Despite speed and big hits from the Springfield Pride, our defensive line was able to dominate and outlet the ball up to the midfield and forwards with each play, with an especially great game from Allie Holle ’17.
The Ephs are psyched about their huge win, and are still riding the wave of the success. After dominating Springfield, the team feels ready to take on Conn and Skidmore next week. We’ve worked so hard all season and are so happy that it really showed in this Springfield game. HERE WE GO EPHS!!!!!
Springfield Game Notes: The game was a great opportunity for players to come off the bench and get minutes of experience. Lead by #20 Libby Dolan the Ephs outshot the Pride 28-1 and allowed zero corners to the Ephs 9.
Connecticut game recap written by Freshman #10 Charlotte Cooper
Williams 4 – Connecticut 1
The Ephs traveled to Connecticut College and posted a 4-1 win over the NESCAC team. We achieved many of the goals we set for ourselves, including corner counts and the number of shots on goal. Overall, the team matched Conn’s aggression while still staying composed and securing the win.
In the first two minutes, Hannah Goodrick scored off a crossed ball from the top. Eight minutes after Connecticut was awarded a stroke. The Camels were able to put it past goalkeeper Margaret Draper, but that would be the only time throughout the game. Draper answered back with 7 saves. The Ephs responded when Goodrick was awarded a penalty stroke of her own to give Williams a 2-1 lead at the half. Alex Bennet and Isabel Perry each recorded goals in the second half to up the Ephs to 4 on the day.
On the defensive side, Caroline Taverna shot some beautiful aerials up the field, and Allie Holle made some key block tackles to keep momentum forward.
Williams Field Hockey heads to Skidmore for another intense game. Stay tuned and go Ephs!!!
Connecticut Game Notes: The Ephs outshot the Camels 36-12. Hannah Goodrick lead the charge netting two goals and an assist. Bennett took 10 shots and finished with a goal and an assist to Goodrick. Isabel Perry also recorded a goal.
Skidmore game recap written by Junior #9 Alex Bennett
Williams 2 – Skidmore 1
The October 5th game against #11 Skidmore marks the first time in ten years that the Williams College Ephs have defeated the Thoroughbreds. This game has marked a tremendous turning point in our season, asserting that we are a top NCAA competitor. We plan to channel the momentum of this game into the next five NESCAC games before making a statement post season.
The Ephs dominated the game from the start and Senior captain Rachel Brissette was able to find the back of the net within eight minutes. The goal was scored off of a penalty corner. Junior Alex Bennett took a shot from the top of the circle, which Brissette was able to tip in with a textbook redirect. The Ephs were able to maintain control of the game for the next ten minutes until Skidmore answered back with a goal taken on a breakaway, catching the defense off guard. The rest of the first half saw a lot of midfield play, neither team able to maintain possession. Both teams fought hard, but neither was able to take a lead.
Just as they did in the first half, the Ephs took control of the game from the first whistle blow. The Williams defense saw some action, but persisted to push forward into their attacking circle. Twenty minutes into the half the Ephs were awarded a penalty corner, which led to to the victory. Goodrick inserted the ball to Bennet who took a shot that was saved by the goalie. Goodrick pounced on the ball and was able to get it in front to Shilling, who put it over the line. This marks Maggie’s first career goal! A very exciting moment for the team. This goal would ultimately be the game winner and gave the Ephs a final burst to get through the end of the game. The last seven minutes of the game were a nail biter, as Skidmore got corner after corner. Draper and the defense were able to keep the ball out of the goal, which saved the game.
Skidmore Game Notes: #11 Nationally Ranked Skidmore outshot and out cornered the Ephs, but the Ephs persevered. Goals came from #13 Rachel Brissette and #6 Maggie Shilling. This is the first Williams finished ahead of Skidmore since 2006 also in a 2-1 victory.