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Williams Blanks FIeld Hockey

Williams Blanks FIeld Hockey

Williamstown, Mass. - September 28, 2016 - The Springfield College field hockey team was defeated by Williams in a non-conference meeting on Wednesday evening.  The Ephs, which improved to 5-3 with the win, scored six goals in the first half and added two in the second for the 8-0 victory.

The setback drops the Pride to 4-5 on the year.

At 3:06, senior Rachel Brissette got the ball on the right side of the field inside the circle and sent a shot on goal, deflecting off a Springfield defender and landing in the back of the net.

After maintained offensive pressure, the Ephs were able to get on the board again at 14:29. With both teams fighting for possession, generating traffic in front of the goal, senior defenseman Katie Gallop came away with the ball and pushed it through the Pride defense. Gallop placed the ball to the left side of the cage behind Springfield's goalie, Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.).

Exactly twenty seconds later, Williams scored again with a goal by senior Kit Rosen. The Ephs quickly got the ball up field, where Alex Bennett collected it and dribbled into the circle. She made a centering pass to Rosen, whose shot connected with the back of the goal making the game 3-0.

The ball remained in Springfield's end, forcing Drake to make several nice stops for the Pride. Drake, along with the rest of Springfield's defense, held Williams off for almost 15 minutes, but the Ephs were able to strike again. Sophomore Libby Dolan got the ball in close to the cage and took a backhand sweep shot on net. Drake made the save, but the ball popped back out to Dolan, who picked up her own rebound and sent it into the net.

Less than a minute and a half later, Maggie Shilling got possession of the ball just inside the circle and took a high shot towards the left side of the net. Senior Brigid Bruno, who was positioned in front of the left post, deflected the shoulder-high shot into the top left corner of the goal giving the Ephs a 5-0 lead at 31:02. 

The Ephs did not let down for the rest of the half, allowing them to notch another goal just 31 seconds after the prior one. The team got the ball back up field into the Pride's half, where Libby Dolan gained possession and dribbled into the circle. Drake came out of the cage to play the ball, but Dolan made an impressive move around her to score her second of the game.

Williams carried their momentum with them into the second half, scoring just 2:18 in. Junior Kate Pattison carried the ball deep into the circle on the right side of the field. Before she reached the goal line, she made a centering pass, which traveled entirely across the front of the net and landed on Dolan's stick. Dolan, who was waiting backdoor, one-timed the ball to the bottom left corner of the goal earning her first collegiate hat trick. 

With continued Eph pressure, the Pride prevented Williams from scoring for over fifteen minutes, until they gave up a penalty corner at 53:21. Off of this corner, first year Emma Ticknor inserted the ball to the top left side of the circle where defenseman, Caroline Taverna was positioned. Taverna collected the pass and blasted a shot into the goal.

Springfield will host Wheaton on Saturday at 1 pm in an important New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) showdown.