May 6, 2009

Courtesy Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - Williams women's lacrosse (13-6) dominated Endicott (15-5) in a 19-9 blowout in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It was a team effort for the Ephs with their 19 goals coming from 12 different players and all healthy players participating in the contest.

The Ephs took control of the game immediately, winning the first draw and bringing the ball down into settled attack. Junior Whitney Thayer broke through the Seagulls' defense and capitalized on a pass from fellow junior Tina Nawrocki to score the first goal of the game at 25:19. The Ephs put three more points on the board before Endicott's leading scorer, Valerie Feldman, netted the Gulls first goal at 18:05.

Williams scored six more goals in the next 15 minutes before Endicott's Feldman scored on a free position shot. However, senior Britt Spackman ended the half on a high for the Ephs when she scored an unassisted goal with 31 seconds to play. The Ephs ended the half with an 11-2 advantage.

Both teams had opportunities in settled attack at the beginning of the second half. Eph Tina Nawrocki netted a pass from her sister Julia at 25:19, and Williams tallied three more before Kate Coley broke through the Eph defense at 16:25.

Senior Lizzie Burns and freshman Katie Ellis both scored for the Ephs before Endicott strung two goals together for the first time all game. The Ephs responded with three goals in three minutes to create a commanding 19-5 lead.

However, Endicott would not give up. They score four goals in the last six minutes of the game, but it was not enough to overcome their deficit and the Ephs won it 19-9.

Molly Hamel turned 10 aside for the Seagulls, while Julia Schreiber made two saves and Kate Foley made one for the Ephs.

Feldman and Alex Pearce led the Gulls in scoring with three goals apiece. Spackman had four goals for Williams, while Tina Nawrocki and Tracey Ferriter had two goals and two assists each and freshman Taylor Fleishhacker had one goal and three assists.

Commenting on the game, Williams head coach Chris Mason said: "It was great to get an early lead. We were making rushed passes in the midfield and throwing the ball away at the beginning, but we really cleaned up our errors by the end." She was pleased that all of her players were able to contribute today.

Williams will be traveling to Waterville Maine Saturday May 9th to play NCAA defending champions Hamilton at 2:30 pm in the round of sixteen.