Connecticut College Edged by No. 19 Williams

NEW LONDON, Conn.-Rebecca McGovern (Weymouth, Mass.) netted her second goal of the second half with 3:12 remaining in regulation to lift 19th ranked Williams to an 8-7 victory against Connecticut College Sunday.

The Ephs improve their record to 3-1 with a 2-1 mark in the NESCAC, while the Camels slip to 2-3 (0-2 NESCAC).

Molly Belk (Charlotte, N.C.) had two goals and an assist for the winning side. Maeve Mulholland (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Stephanie Gallo (Manhasset, N.Y.) both contributed with a goal and an assist for the Ephs.

Senior Ali Piltch (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) made five of her seven saves in the first half of action for the visitors.

Connecticut College junior Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) scored twice to lead the hosts on offense.

Cecily Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.), Charlotte McAuley (Summit, N.J.), Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.), Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) and Erin Moran (Lincoln, N.H.) all contributed with goals for the hosts in the contest.

Sophomore net-minder Allisa Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) registered nine saves in another standout performance between the pipes.

Williams carried play for much of the first half, building a 6-2 advantage when Nancy Palmer (Lakeville, Conn.) converted a free position shot with 11:30 remaining in the stanza.

But the Camels battled back with 4-to-0 run to close out the half. Abbott caromed a free position shot off of the turf and into the netting with 11:14 remaining. Thomas and Donegan chipped in with free position goals. Then, with 1:42 remaining, Thomas buried another free position shot to pull the Camels even in a 6-6 game at the break.

But the Ephs regained the lead 51 seconds into the second stanza when McGovern executed with a nifty looking turnaround shot.

Dalpe did her part to keep the game close. With 17:15 remaining, the sophomore net-minder made a big-time stop on Palmer's shot for Williams.

A late substitution proved to be beneficial for the hosts when Moran sprinted from left to right and fired home the equalizer with 6:30 to go. But McGovern put the Ephs on top for good when she netted a free position marker with 3:12 remaining. McGovern made a move to one side of the cage and then reversed her motion to find some open real estate in the lower portion of the cage.

Williams held a 23-to-18 advantage in shots. Ground balls were even at 10 aside but the Camels enjoyed a 10-to-6 advantage on draw controls.

2014-03-16



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