WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.--(Rebecca McGovern, Williams College)--The Williams College Field Hockey Team collected a 1-0 shutout victory against Connecticut College in a NESCAC match up played in Williamstown Saturday.
The game began with the Ephs in command, grabbing control of the ball and maintaining it for most of the first half. Williams had their first offensive opportunity at the 3:30 mark when Kit Rosen crossed the ball from the right side of the field to teammate who took a shot that went high over the net. When Connecticut tried to clear the ball out of their defensive end, Williams recovered and made another charge to goal.
Katie Jolin carried it up the field to draw the first of a series of corners. Keeping the ball in the Camels' defensive end, the Ephs continued to move the ball effectively, taking eleven shots in the half. Williams saw many scoring opportunities, and was finally able to capitalize at the 11:13 mark. Caitlin Conlon inserted the ball and Jolin took a direct shot to put the Ephs up by one.
Williams would continue to hold possession of the ball for the rest of the half, until Connecticut made a run to goal with less than five minutes left. Dribbling the ball deep into the left side of the goal, the Camels tried to tie the game up. Williams would recover to make another drive to goal. They would not capitalize, however, and the half would close at 1-0 in Williams' favor.
The Ephs took control again in the second half, pushing the ball into the Camels' defensive end. Connecticut would battle back, however, and begin to take control offensively. With a shot at the 50 minute mark, Williams goalie Nina Kumar would make a save to keep the Ephs in the lead. However, past the 55 minute mark, Connecticut would draw streak of corners to try to tie the game up at one. However, Williams would keep them at bay.
Turning the momentum back in their favor, Williams took control of the ball again as Annie VanWagenen made a few runs to goal, only to have them thwarted by the Connnecticut defense. The teams would remain deadlocked for the half, despite three corners in a row by Connecticut.
Connecticut College goalie Becca Napolitano would make six saves on the day, while Williams goalie Kumar would make one.