Wesleyan Falls to No. 12 Williams

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (April 5) - Williams took advantage of three Wesleyan yellow cards at the end of the first half to score three man-up goals and turn a tight game into a rout as the Ephs went on to claim a 13-5 NESCAC/Little Three women's lacrosse win here today.

On the day, junior Nancy Palmer led the Ephs with four goals and an assist, giving her 19 points on the season, while junior Bridget Malicki upped her team-leading scoring to 36 points with two goals and three assists . Senior goalie Ali Piltch had a strong day in the Williams net with 11 saves. Williams, ranked 12th nationally in Division III, had a 34-23 edge in total shots.

Williams broke a 3-3 tie at 4:33 of the first period to take the lead for good as Palmer netted her second of the day with penetration through the Cardinals defense on the right side for a bouncer from the middle. Then three Wesleyan yellow cards in the final 2:52 of the period helped Williams score two goals before the end of the stanza, both with a two-player advantage. Sophomore Anne Rehfuss and senior Rebecca McGovern did the honors for Williams, making it 6-3 at intermission.

Another Williams goal 29 seconds into the second half while still enjoying a man-advantage situation, made it 7-3. Malicki took a centering pass by Palmer and put home a low shot inside the right post. The Ephs added three more by the 25:25 mark of the period to finish off a decisive 7-0 run for a 10-3 lead. Wesleyan, with goals from freshmen Meredith Smith and Abby Wheeler, cut the gap to 10-5, but Williams got the final three goals of the game. Smith finished the game with two goals, giving her a team-leading 17 on the year. Senior Maddy Coulter, with a goal and an assist, paces Wesleyan with 19 points.

In the Wesleyan net, sophomore Nina Labovich collected 14 stops.

Wesleyan plays its next game Tues., April 8 at home vs. Trinity in another NESCAC match-up. Williams will be at Hamilton Tuesday for its next encounter, also a NESCAC affair. On Sat., April 19, Williams will host Amherst to decide the Little Three crown as Amherst defeated Wesleyan, 8-4, earlier this week.


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