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Nationally-Ranked Williams Upends Field Hockey; McGraw Makes Career-Best 12 Saves

Nationally-Ranked Williams Upends Field Hockey; McGraw Makes Career-Best 12 Saves

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Freshman Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) made a career-high 12 saves, but it wasn't enough, as the Connecticut College field hockey team fell to No. 13 Williams by a 3-1 decision on Saturday afternoon at Williamson Field.

Williams (6-2, NESCAC 4-2) controlled the first half and outshot the Camels by a 10-1 margin. Alex Bennett had two big opportunities to put the Ephs on the board in a span of 23 seconds, but both of her attempts were stopped by McGraw. After Connecticut College sophomore Sophie Pollinger (Summit, N.J.) put a shot on target which was turned away by goalkeeper Emma Santucci, the hosts continued to fire away at McGraw and finally broke through in the 33rd minute when Bennett finished a pass from Meredith Wright.

The Ephs, who carried a 1-0 advantage into the break, added two insurance markers in the second half to pull away. Libby Dolan scored on a penalty corner to double the margin in the 42nd minute before Bennett struck again in the 54th.

Despite trailing by three goals, the Camels did not give up and peppered netminder Abby Lloyd with four shots on the cage in a span of 34 seconds while also attempting two penalty corners. Senior Cheyanne Asplundh (Huntington Valley, Pa.) was able to break through to record her first marker of the season in the 68th minute, but the Camels eventually ran out of time and would have to settle for the two-goal defeat.

Santucci picked up the victory for Williams by making one stop in the first half. She was relieved by Lloyd, who turned away five shots in the second frame. McGraw finished with a career-high 12 saves on 19 shots attempted by the Ephs in the setback.

Connecticut College (3-6, NESCAC 1-5) returns to action when it visits Amherst on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

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