Ephs Go Down Fighting

Tufts Game Recap Written by Freshman #22 Calla Khilnani

Williams 2 – Tufts 3

Coming off of our huge 2-1 win against Bowdoin, we were so excited to play the Jumbos at their brand new field. In the days leading up to the game, which would be our second to last of the regular season, the energy and anticipation led to a great couple of practices. There is no greater feeling than coming together with your teammates and achieving something great, and you can tell that every single person on the team felt this by the way that we all came together. We continued to support each other in every way possible, and a bunch of us made it to watch Hannah Goodrick’s (‘18) amazing violin performance with the Berkshire Symphony. Once the day finally came, everyone was buzzing with excitement. It was field dedication day and senior day for Tufts, and this only served to further inspire us to make a statement about what kind of team we really are.

Throughout the first half of the game, the play was very back and forth. Tufts had control of the ball, and they were able to notch two goals off of corners. During half time, the rain started falling much more heavily, and a lack of drainage led to a large puddle in the corner of the field in our offensive zone. The game was delayed due to this build up of rainwater, and we headed back to the locker room as a team to wait for clearance to resume play.

During the break, the team sat, dried off, and talked about what we needed to do in order to come out with fire in the second half. After we got the word that we could return to the field, we got in a short warm up and quickly lined up to start. It was so fun and astonishing to see how much stronger we came out for the second half of the game. When Charlotte Cooper (‘20) ripped a shot that got deflected by Meredith Wright (‘19), we physically could not stop cheering from the sidelines, and the momentum instantly shifted in our favor. Even though Tufts then scored on a stroke, we kept fighting, and Meredith Wright was able to take a beautiful shot from a perfect pass from Rachel Brissette (‘17) that brought the game to 3-2.

Even though we were not able to take the Jumbos into overtime, we are proud of the way that we turned the game around after the first half. Also, our ability to adjust to the uncontrollable, such as the long delay, gave us newfound confidence that I am sure will help us in the future. Last but not least, this was the first game that Meredith Wright’s grandfather has ever been able to come to, so it must have been awesome for him to see his granddaughter score two gorgeous goals against a very strong team! We can’t wait to see how our team adjusts to our upcoming challenges in the NESCAC tournament!

Tufts Game Notes: The stats fell in the favor of the Jumbos as they outshot and out cornered the Ephs. However, the Ephs were able to hold the #1 NESCAC team to just 4 corners and 12 shots. The Ephs surged in the second half to put two goals on the scoreboard, but fell short of catching the Jumbos.


Middlebury Game Recap Written by Junior #8 Hannah Goodrick

Williams 2 – Middlebury 3 – OT

After playing through cold temperatures and a heavy rainfall at their previous conference matchup with the Tufts Jumbos on Saturday, October 22, the Ephs battled the first snowfall of the year in Williamstown for their last regular season game against the Middlebury Panthers. In reflecting on their previous 14 games that made up the regular season, the Ephs worked together to improve their first-half shot and corner count to match their second-half strength they had shown throughout the season. From the start, the two teams possessed the ball in close to even proportions, and both teams created many scoring opportunities for themselves. In the first half, the Panthers outshot the Ephs only by 10 shots to 8, a statistic that was an improvement for the Ephs compared to the numbers of their other highly competitive matchups during the season. Another huge success for the Ephs in the first half was securing 7 penalty corners over the Panthers’ 4.

Middlebury quickly put their name on the board at 10:04 when Grace Jennings intercepted a pass from the Ephs below the 25 yard line, dribbled into the circle, and sent a blistering shot into the opposite corner of the cage. The Ephs took this early one-goal deficit not as a setback, but as fuel for their determination to keep battling the defending NCAA champions. With this, the Ephs answered back at 22: 49 when Rachel Brissette scored off of a corner and an assist from Katie Gallop. Just before the close of the half, Middlebury forward Emma Johns scored off of a pass from Lauren Schweppe.

The second half brought the same intensity as the first, with the Ephs outshooting the Panthers 8 to 5, and the Panthers edging the Ephs in corners 4 to 2. Quickly into the second half, and to tie the game, Libby Dolan netted an Eph goal off of a pass from Rachel Brissette. The rest of the half showed impressive speed, stick work, teamwork, and scoring opportunities for both squads, but neither team could convert. After 70 minutes the score was 2-2 and the teams advanced to an overtime period.

When it didn’t seem possible for a game to become more competitive than it already was, the intensity from both teams instantly rose at the beginning of 7 v 7. While the two teams battled tirelessly on the field, the fans in the stands, and the players ready to enter the game on each bench, cheered on their respective teams with abandon, knowing that once one team scored, the game would be over. This win was important to each team in achieving a high ranking for the first round of the NESCAC tournament. After drawing 6 penalty corners in overtime, the Panthers converted on their last attempt with a goal from Audrey Quirk and an assist from Annie Leonard.

Although the outcome was not in the Ephs’ favor, they were proud of the way each player connected their passes with one another and worked as a unit. Margaret Draper led the intensity from the Eph goal with an impressive 11 saves, and allowed the defense, midfield, and forward lines to take risks in the field.

Middlebury Game Notes: The Ephs and the Panthers came out nearly even in shots and corners. The Ephs held on through thirteen minutes of overtime play, but at the 83:43 mark the Panthers lined up for their 6th penalty corner in OT. The reigning National Champions fired one in past Draper to end the contest. Margaret Draper registered 11 saves on the day.


Ephs Give Them Something to Talk About

The Ephs certainly gave everyone something to talk about this week! Williams may have gone 2-1 on the week with a loss to Hamilton, but they also went 2-0 at home this weekend. First with a 3-0 win over Wesleyan, then with a 2-1 upset win over the #2 ranked Bowdoin Polar Bears.

Hamilton Game Recap Written by Freshman, #21 Marissa Feller

Williams 0 – Hamilton 3

A week has past since our exciting win over Skidmore. The day following this game, we had an intense agility and fitness practice. On the next day we had a competitive scrimmage practice. Then we were off for some well deserved and much needed few days of rest.

Much of the team participated in the school’s longstanding tradition of Mountain Day on Friday. The team made its way to the top of Stone Hill where they enjoyed donuts and cider and a glorious view of the purple valley. Because we had Friday and Saturday off from practice and it was reading period, many players took some time to catch up on work and sleep.

The team reconvened on Sunday to help out with the clinic. The team even got the chance to play along the prefrosh and get to know some of our possible future teammates!

On Monday the Ephs gathered to watch film and go over the game plan for the Hamilton game. Then we headed out to the field for a solid practice. Following practice, the team made its way to Alix’s house for dinner and class competitions. The main events of the night were the appetizer competition and a singing competition. The big winners of the night were the seniors with a stirring parody of the song “Mamma Mia” and some baked brie as their appetizer.

After a week of rest since our last game, the Ephs travelled to Hamilton College to take on the Continentals. The Continentals have been having an impressive season so far with wins against NESCAC powerhouse Middlebury College and Williams’ rivals Amherst. Unfortunately, the Ephs were not able to capitalize on their opportunities and the result was a 3-0 loss. WCFH came out a little flat in the first half and the Continentals took advantage of that. The second half began to look a little better, but the team was not able to pull everything together.

The Ephs took seventeen shots and earned seven corners. WCFH allowed eighteen shots against, but were able to hold Hamilton to just six corners.

Some highlights from the game include some amazing defensive saves by Caroline Taverna ‘19 as well as outstanding goaltending by Margaret Draper ‘17. Draper made twelve saves, many of which should be on a highlight reel somewhere.

Looking ahead, the Ephs are ready to bounce back in a big way. We are hoping to earn two NESCAC wins this weekend on a home doubleheader weekend. Saturday WCFH will take on Wesleyan and Sunday they will face off against Bowdoin.

Hamilton Game Notes: #7 Katie Gallop lead the charge against Hamilton with 4 shots, but the Ephs could not produce a goal. Hamilton outshot the Ephs 18-17. The away game resulted in a 3-0 loss for the Ephs.

Hamilton Game Highlights

Wesleyan Game Recap Written by Sophomore, #3 Julia Cochran

Williams 3 – Wesleyan 0

At this point in the season, the team has become family. Through blood, sweat, and tears we have come together for this moment. The game was a back and forth battle before captain Michael Eruzione put in the first goal. Fast forward to the last seconds of the game, it’s 4-2 as the clock ticks down: Do you believe in miracles????? The buzzer sounds and we have won the Cold War for the United States. Bye bye Mr. Gorbachev. Wait- I’m sorry I got confused, that is the plot to the movie Miracle detailing the 1980 miracle on ice; An extraordinary event, truly, just not as extraordinary as our weekend.

Saturday, October 15th brought with it the brisk winds of fall, but also the Cardinals of Wesleyan University. Our captains were steadfast in respecting the opponent. This was a NESCAC game and we were to go into the game recognizing that. That being said, it was imperative that we listened to both “Get Low” by Lil’ Jon and “Lip Gloss” by Lil’ Mama. Their size does not reflect the heart that they sing with. As we rallied to those early 2000s battle cries, I’m sure Hannah listened to the terrifying sounds of Yo-Yo Ma to get her amped.  I’ll stop describing pre-game rituals now so as to not give away any secrets. I will give you a hint though: it involves several fun dips and a voodoo doll.

The Ephs took our positions on the field, each individually focusing on staring deeply into the souls of our opponents as if to telepathically communicate: “I respect you, but I will also come after you personally. Afterwards we can be friends because this is a friendly, collegiate, sportsmanlike game meant to benefit our competitive drive. But also I will come after you.”

The game ended handsomely with 3 goals for the Ephs and 0 for the Cardinals. The goals were put in by Sophomores Julia Cochran #3, Meredith Wright #24, Libby Dolan #20. The details of the goals are not important. Nay, the importance of the game lies within the simple things: the foliage lining Williamson field, the little turf beads that sneak into every piece of clothing you own (including ones you never brought near the field), and the earnest cheers of people waiting for the football game to start and don’t super understand the rules of field hockey. These are the tiny intricacies that make a game a great one. And we truly had a great game.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” And Libby Dolan once said, “Do you ever feel like we live in a lava lamp?” I think we can take away a lot from that. Thank you to all the fans and parents, as always your unyielding love is appreciated.

Wesleyan Game Notes: The Ephs took the field hungry for a win, outshooting the Cardinals 17-2. Margaret Draper in the cage only had to make 1 save on the day. #7 Katie Gallop, #20 Libby Dolan , and #24 Meredith Wright lead with 3 shots a piece. In 3-0 win, goals came from #3 Julia Cochran, Wright, and Dolan. Meredith Wright and Katie Gallop each recorded an assist.

Wesleyan Game Highlights

Bowdoin Game Recap Written by Freshman, #34 Abby Lloyd

Williams 2 – Bowdoin 1

There was a moment standing on the sideline, four minutes left in the game, the ball caught on the right side of the field, where I thought to myself “if we can just hold on, if we can just keep it here.” It’s like Al Michaels, screaming into the mic during the 1980 Winter Olympics: “11 seconds, you’ve got 10 seconds, the countdown going on right now!” And the ball is stuck between Bowdoin midfielders and our very own Kit Rosen and Isabel Perry, the clock winding down, and you hear Michaels yell, “Do you believe in Miracles?! YES!” when the refs finally blow their whistles and the Williams team storms the field. Do I believe in miracles? Maybe. But more accurately, I believe in teamwork, relentless hustle, confidence, composure, and having fun— which is exactly what we did last Sunday, defeating Bowdoin College 2-1 for the first time in 10 years.

Coming off of a 3-0 win against Wesleyan just the day before, Sunday morning was full of energy and high expectations for the Ephs. Each of us arrived to the locker room, greeted by loud music, bad dancing, and an electricity among the players that made us know, today was special. We knew Bowdoin was the #2 team in the country. We knew almost no one expected us to win. We knew history was not on our side. And still, each of us knew that today was a great day for a game, and an even better day for an upset. After a pregame talk with our coach, Alix, setting expectations and goals for the game, we took the field for warmups and, soon enough, the first whistle was blown.

It was evident from the start that today’s game was going to be competitive, neither side taking control immediately. The first 15 minutes of the game were evenly matched, Bowdoin receiving a few penalty corners but Williams’ defense, particularly our keeper Margaret Draper, stepped up and didn’t allow anything in. After mostly back-and-forth play, Bowdoin received a penalty stroke in the 28th minute, and converted it to a goal— Bowdoin was up, 1-0. Still, by half time the Ephs weren’t at all dejected and, coming out for the second half, we played stronger and harder than ever.

The motivation to get on the board came to realization after about 10 minutes of midfield play in the second half. In a transition up the field started by junior forward, Kate Pattison, up to senior Rachel Brissette, and back to Pattison in the circle, Kate was able to earn Williams a penalty corner right in front of the Bowdoin goalkeeper’s pads. In a slip right to Kit Rosen, Rachel was able to find the cage on a tip, putting the Ephs on the board, 1-1. Cheering on the sideline and watching the girls on the field celebrate, you could tell that momentum had shifted. We had caught Bowdoin flatfooted, and we would capitalize again, only seven minutes later. Again, working it up the right side of the field, Rachel received a pass from Kit inside the circle and Meredith Wright was able to get a reverse stick touch on the ball to get it past Bowdoin’s keeper. Somehow, against all expectations, we were winning.

The remaining 17 minutes of the game, the Ephs staved off attempts by Bowdoin with great efforts by our defense and our midfielders. While we got a few more shots off ourselves, none of them found the back of the neck. What it came down to, then, was grit. You could feel the energy on the sideline, our teammates outrunning Bowdoin players to the ball, playing tough, physical defense, and refusing to come up for air. Despite being up only one goal, our Williams team looked confident and tough, winning most 50-50 balls and giving up nothing. As time dwindled, all of us on the sideline cheered louder in an effort to give the players on the field the energy they needed to finish it out. It worked.

What our win came down to was capitalizing on the opportunities we were given—finding the back of the cage on our corners and playing relentless offense. The number of girls that came in off the bench, and the support provided by the girls on the sideline made it obvious that this win was a team effort. Rushing on to the field after the buzzer sounded, seeing the red faces of our teammates, anyone could tell this win wasn’t a miracle—it was well deserved, well earned, and certainly not the last of Williams’ upsets.

Bowdoin Game Notes: The #2 Bowdoin Polar Bears outshot and out cornered the #19 Ephs, but resilience paid off as the Ephs walked away with a BIG win! Margaret Draper recorded 13 saves to hold off Bowdoin. #12 Caroline Taverna registered her 3rd defensive save of the year. #13 Rachel Brissette put one on the boards from #24 Meredith Wright off of a perfectly executed corner. Just seven minutes later the duo sealed the game with another, this time Wright from Brissette on a huge breakaway opportunity starting in the back field. This game was a true team effort!

Bowdoin Game Highlights

Field Hockey News:

  • Goalkeeper, #41 Margaret Draper has been named as a Williams College Athlete of the Week by the Williams College Record! Check it out here: Williams College Record Athlete of the Week
  • The Ephs have dropped in the NFHCA Coaches Poll but remain in the rankings at #20
  • In the NESCAC standings, Williams conference record of 5-3 puts them tied for 4th along side Amherst,Bowdoin, and Middlebury.
  • Williams leads the NESCAC with a save percentage of .813 Draper with 80 saves and the team has contributed 7 defensive saves.
  • The Ephs 9-4 hit the road to take on #4 Tufts University on Saturday, October 22nd and will return home on Tuesday, October 25th for their final regular season game against #5 Middlebury College.





Ephs Moving Forward with 3 More Wins!

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.

Springfield Highlights

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.

Connecticut Highlights

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.

Skidmore Highlights

A Week on the Road

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.

Smith Game Highlights

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.

Amherst Highligts

Bates Highlights


Challenging Week #2

Game 3 recap written by freshman #23 Emma Ticknor

Williams 3 – Mt. Holyoke 0

The Ephs tallied a 3-0 win against the Mt. Holyoke Lyons this Wednesday. Although we started off slow, we scored three goals in the second half! Maggie Shilling and Isabel Perry added a spark that really pumped us up and enabled us to put in all those goals.

In the second half we had ten corners against Holyoke! Our passing became much more fluid and our communication increased in the second half, allowing us to score three times in around 20 minutes.

Alex Bennett scored twice, and Isabel Perry once. Isabel played so well! She increased the tempo of the whole game and did a great job of cutting around the circle. Katie Gallop also had a phenomenal game and picked up so many loose balls. She has great speed and really has an eye for holes in the other team’s setup. Hannah Goodrick also played well; she started off at left wing, but moved to right for the second half. She transitioned seamlessly and did a great job of cutting for passes and moving the defense.

Overall, we really picked up our game in the second half and finished off the game with a 3-0 win! Go Ephs!

Mt. Holyoke Game Notes: The Ephs out shot the Lyons 22 to 10. Senior goalkeeper, Margaret Draper recorded 5 saves to keep the lead for the Ephs. After a first half with no score, the Ephs took the lead when #9 Alex Bennett put one in the net from freshman #16 Isabel Perry. Williams did not let up and netted two more to make it 3-0 for the win. Scoring came with 2 goals from Bennett and Perry claimed her first career goal.

Mt. Holyoke Game Highlights

Game 4 recap written by Sophomore #36 Emma Santucci

Williams 1 – Colby 2

On Saturday morning, WCFH was ready to take on the Colby College Mules. Coming off an exciting 3-0 victory over Mount Holyoke, we were excited to play our second NESCAC game. Hannah Goodrick’s violin performance of the National Anthem before taking the field was wonderful, and filled us with pride before taking our home field.

Despite our 1-2 loss, we met several of our team goals, and saw marked improvement on elements we had been working on in practice. Statistically, we are leading the NESCAC in offensive penalty corners this season with 50, as well as leading with 80 recorded shots so far this season. Hearing Hannah Goodrick’s stroke hit the back of the cage in the second half was enormously satisfying, and put us up at 1-0.

It was disappointing that we were unable to hold our lead, although we had dominated and outshot our opponents. A particularly difficult loss to swallow, it has been an enormous learning opportunity for us moving forward this season. We are able to better see our strengths and ready to tackle where we fell short on Saturday.

We look forward to facing Smith tomorrow, as well as our big NESCAC double header this weekend.

Stay tuned. And GO EPHS!

Colby Game Notes: The Ephs dominated the game on Saturday, outshooting Colby 22 to 6 and holding them to 4 penalty corners to the Ephs 18. Despite the statistics, Williams struggled to put the ball in the net. #8 Hannah Goodrick scored the Ephs only goal of the day off a penalty stroke. Colby Mules put in two goals off penalty corners to notch a win over the Ephs.

Ephs go 1-1 in Week #1

Game 1 recap written by #15 Allie Holle

Williams 2 – Keene St 3

On Tuesday night, the WCFH team was excited for our very first game together this season. Our hopes were high, as were our expectations, after lots of hard work during preseason and the strength and cohesion we demonstrated during our two scrimmages.

The 3-2 loss was a disappointment as we fell short of our first victory. However, we did meet most of the goals that we had set as a team beforehand, in terms of offensive and defensive corners and shots on goal. As a senior, I was very impressed by how three of our freshmen players battled through their first game at Williams College with poise and determination. I cannot wait to see how the newest members of the team continue to step up with every new opportunity!

Although a loss never feels good, I am grateful that we were able to learn what we did, both individually and as a team, so early on in the season. With certain technical improvements in the back of our minds, we are more than ready to take on (and take down) Trinity on Saturday and have our first NESCAC win.

Achieving our goal will take effort every single minute in the seventy minute game—resilience every step of the way.

Let’s go, Ephs!

Keene St. Game Notes: Williams outshot Keene St 21-16 and held advantage on corners 9-3. Draper made 12 outstanding saves, but the Ephs were unable to regain the lead. Alex Bennett and Hannah Goodrick each recorded unassisted goals. Bennett lead the team with 8 shots.

Keene St Game Highlights

Game 2 recap written by #24 Meredith Wright

Williams 4 – Trinity 3

After a tough loss to Keene State last Tuesday, the Ephs bounced back and defeated Trinity 4-3 for their first NESCAC win of 2016. Every player had a part in getting the W, whether they were on the field or not. During the win, the team focused on marking players, scoring early, and communicating.

Everyone was hustling all over the field, being sure to keep an eye out for numbers 17 and 6, who are Trinity’s top forwards. Katie Gallop made every effort to step up to the ball, and she cut off a lot of passes that helped get the ball up-field. Caroline Taverna was also helpful in getting the ball into scoring territory by using her amazing aerial skills.

However, the team let a Trinity goal get past Draper, giving them a 1-0 lead. Not too long after, the team answered back with their first goal: a backhanded shot into the net by Meredith Wright, assisted by Rachel Brissette to tie it up at one goal apiece. Kit Rosen and Hannah Goodrick were working their hardest to get the ball into Trinity’s circle for the forwards to grab a piece of throughout the first and second halves. Julia Cochran and Alex Bennett continued to get shots on Trinity’s keeper. Later in the first half, Rachel tied it up again at 2-2 with a great tip from Alex’s shot on a penalty corner. Alex soon after put one in on her own with a perfectly executed shot into the right corner of the net on another penalty corner.

Going into the second half of the game being up only 3-2, we knew we had to do more to keep the lead and get another goal. Draper faced more shots and Trinity player Chandler Solimine put another one in for her team, which tied the score up again at 3-3. Less than 2 minutes later, on a penalty corner drawn by Hannah Goodrick, Rachel scored her second goal and the team’s fourth goal by tipping it into the net off of Alex’s shot. With about 17 minutes left in the game, the team had to dig deep and hold the lead. When the buzzer finally sounded, the team celebrated in congratulating Draper on her great saves and each other on their first NESCAC win. Next up: we travel to Mount Holyoke Wednesday evening for a 7pm start. We hope to get another NESCAC win!

Trinity Game Notes: Alex Bennett and Rachel Brissette lead the charge against Trinity with a combined 9 shots. Brissette notched two goals including the game winning goal to capture the Ephs first NESCAC win! Meredith Wright and Alex Bennett each added a goal. Margaret Draper and the defense faced 11 shots. Draper recorded 5 saves and Katie Gallop contributed with a defensive save.

Trinity Game Highlights

Today’s Preparation Determines Tomorrow’s Achievement


The team got off to a great start during preseason. With every sprint, scrimmage, and even pool workout, it was exciting to see the team grow stronger both on and off the field. During the first few days, we focused mainly on scrimmaging, conditioning, and individual skills to prepare for our scrimmage at Middlebury on Saturday where we played against both Middlebury and Hamilton. All of the freshmen really stepped up on the field, and it was great to see everyone making fantastic plays all over the field.

To celebrate our shutout against Middlebury (the defending national champions) the team chowed down on some delicious pizzas from American Flatbread in Middlebury. The team took to the pool the next morning for a lighter pool workout, but we definitely ended it with a splash during our cannonball contest.

On Monday, the captains participated in a captain’s training where we learned a lot about our different leadership styles, in addition to how team cohesiveness is a common factor among all successful teams. While the team is comprised of a number of veterans, we have a very strong freshman class and believe that our depth and array of skillsets will set us apart from other teams.

As we head into our first conference game against Trinity, we want to emphasize the importance of resilience. When we step onto the field, everyone is expected to fight until the last second of every game, no matter the score. We hold ourselves to a high standard because we know that our team is capable of being a top team in the NESCAC, and we are very excited to take our team to the next level this season.

Go Ephs!

-Written by EPHS 2016 Captains #7 Katie Gallop, #11 Kit Rosen and #13 Rachel Brissette