Williams Fights Back, Wins in Overtime at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The 10th-ranked Williams College lacrosse team scored three goals in the final 4:46 of regulation to send the game to overtime, and Rebecca McGovern tallied in sudden-death time as the Ephs took a 10-9 NESCAC win over Colby ,on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

Williams moves to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play, while the 13th-ranked Mules drop to 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the league.

In the first overtime session, both teams scored a goal to keep the game knotted at 9-9. Katharine Eddy scored her fifth goal of the game for Colby and McGovern answered on a free-position shot.

The next overtime session was sudden death and it appeared the Mules were going to come up with a long draw control. However, Anne Rehfuss somehow came up with the important draw in a group of Colby players.

After some initial passing, McGovern used her speed on the right side to get off a high shot for the winning score.

With no team leading by more than one goal, the Mules finally created some distance with three straight goals to take an 8-5 lead with 11:29 left in regulation. Eddy scored on a free-position shot with 25:51 left and then tallied unassisted with 17:48 to play. Lindsey McKenna scored on a free-position shot with 11:29 left.

The Ephs had gone nearly 24 minutes without a goal and then got it going in the final five minutes. After McKenna's goal to make it 8-5, the Mules got a little conservative and started taking minutes off the clock.

Alyssa Amos started the comeback for Williams on an unassisted goal with 4:46 to play. Hilary Cook also tallied unassisted with 1:37 remaining and suddenly the lead was 8-7. Bridget Malicki tied the game with 30.9 seconds left on a nice individual effort, backing in on a defender and quickly pivoting for a shot.

Both teams had two one-goal leads in an opening half that ended at 4-4. Sarah Lux scored 38 seconds into the second half for Colby to make it 5-4, but Malicki tied it again at 5-5 with 28:19 to go in regulation.

McGovern finished with three goals, one assist, and a game-high seven draw controls for the Ephs. Malicki and Cook each had two goals, while teammates Rebecca Bell, Rehfuss, and Amos all had one.

Eddy also dished an assist with her five goals for Colby. McKenna added two goals and Alex Mintz and Lux both had one.

Amos led Williams with three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Rehfuss, Bell, Cook, and Maeve Mulholland (1 assist) all had two draw controls. Williams had a key 15-8 edge in draw controls.

Abby Hatch had three draw controls, two ground balls, one assist, and one caused turnover for Colby. Emma Marjollet added three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Emilie Klein and McKenna both had two draw controls.

Both goalies came up with impressive performances. Ali Piltch had nine saves, including a few key ones late in the game for Williams. Colby's Michelle Burt had game-highs of six ground balls, four caused turnovers, and stopped eight shots.


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