April 16, 2011

Williams' Late Run Sinks Wesleyan

from press release

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Williams (7-5, 2-4 NESCAC) played Wesleyan (5-6, 0-6 NESCAC)  in Williams Head Coach Chris Mason's  406th game at the helm. In her 30 years at Williams, Mason has posted an impressive  272-130-4 record.

Williams dominated the first quarter of the game, winning the first seven draws and scoring two back-to-back goals in the first minute. Senior Anne Marie Burke scored the first goal of the game just 57 seconds in, beating her defenders after receiving the ball from Emily Jablonski'14. Jablonski scored one of her own 21 seconds later.

Wesleyan responded at 27:08, but Williams scored three more, including one from Rebecca McGovern and junior Margie Fulton. Fulton scored over her left shoulder after receiving  the ball high in the offensive zone from Jablonski. Jablonski finished the Eph run at 23:37.

Wesleyan then went on a four goal run that was ended at 9:31 by Katie Pettengill'13. Juniors Kaitlin Ellis and Fulton combined to add too more to Williams 8-5 lead. Wesleyan scored two goals to bring the game within one. Ellis responded with 1:23 left to play with a beautiful goal assisted by Jablonski. Jablonski faked the drive at the top of the twelve, pulled back and hit a cutting Ellis. Ellis received the ball, turning and putting a low shot through the legs of the Wesleyan goalie. Wesleyan scored the last goal of the half with 8.5 seconds left to play, closing the half  9-8 in Williams favor.

Mason said "We handled the ball pretty well and did a good job creating and taking good chances on offense. We had some beautiful goals. Wesleyan was very fast, which we expected. They got some fast break opportunities on us."

Wesleyan opened the scoring in the second half, tying the game within a minute. Jablonski reclaimed the lead two and half minutes later, breaking through three Wesleyan defenders to score her third goal of the game. Fulton followed up, assisted by McGovern, to make the score 11-9 with 23:28 left to play. The Cardinals notched two more to tie the game 11-11 with 21:03 left.

Emily Whicker'13 scored her first goal of the game, jump-starting another Eph run. Williams scored five more goals in the next seven minutes, including a full-field effort starting with a strong clear from freshman goalkeeper Ali Piltch to Fulton. Fulton moved the ball to Ellis who hit Pettengill for her second goal of the game. The second half run made the score 17-11. Wesleyan's Hillary Cook, from Allie Lynch broke the attack, scoring at 13:08.

Ellis and McGovern scored again to bring the difference to seven. Wesleyan's Kayla Ellman jump-started the Cardinals' offense. Wesleyan scored four goals in the final 4:48 of the game, but their late-game surge wasn't enough to win the match. Williams took  win, defeating Wesleyan 19-16.

Williams offense was led by Jablonski who had 5 goals and 4 assists, Fulton with 4 goals and 1 assist. Ellis and McGovern had  3 goals each.  Wesleyan's attack was led by Ellman who had 4 goals. Lynch and Cook had 3 goals each.

Piltch had 8 saves in her first collegiate game. Mason said "Ali did a good job in goal. [Julia] Schreiber was injured and Ali did a great job stepping in. She made some good saves, communicated with the defense and had some outstanding clears."

Reflecting on her time in Williamstown, Mason said "It's been a long time. It's a fun job and I wouldn't choose anything else."

Williams plays Hamilton at home on Tuesday 6:30pm.


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