Four points for Pooley '19 in women's lacrosse setback

Kara Pooley '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Kara Pooley '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Williams College Ephs took a three-goal lead with 4:03 to play and held on for a 12-11 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's chilly Steuben Field on Tuesday.

Hamilton (4-7, 2-5 NESCAC) received votes in this week's Division III Top 25 coaches poll. The Continentals will aim for a return to the win column on Saturday, April 14 when they host Connecticut College (3-9, 0-8) for another conference game at noon.

Kara Pooley '19 led Hamilton with three goals and an assist and added four ground balls and three draw controls. Darby Philbrick '18, who recently recorded her 100th career point with the Continentals, chipped in two goals, six draw controls and three caused turnovers. Tessa Ryan '21 scored two goals and Nicole Lyons '18 posted a goal and an assist. Skyler Simson '20 scored a goal and won three draws, Emma Knoll '20 scooped up four ground balls and TT Fletcher '20 caused three turnovers. Hannah Burrall '19 made eight saves.

Emma Tenbarge led Williams with five goals and Olivia Gomez and Kara Wollmers notched three apiece. Isabel Perry picked up five ground balls and caused four turnovers, and Meghan Halloran had two assists, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Claire Fitzpatrick won five draws and Tenbarge claimed four more. Kami Cisneros and Ana Alvarenga played one half apiece and combined to make three stops.

The Ephs (5-6, 2-5) fell behind 5-1 just 10 minutes into the first half, but they scored the next five goals and didn't trail again. Hamilton tied the score twice in the second half, including at 9-9 with 12:20 left, when Pooley looped a pass from the right side of the arc to the left side to Jackie Cuddy '18 and she scored her sixth this year. Tenbarge put Williams in front for good 33 seconds later and scored again with 10:30 remaining. Wollmers scored on a feed from Caroline Hogan for a 12-9 cushion with 4:03 to go.

The Continentals nearly rallied to tie the score one more time. Philbrick tallied her team-leading 18th goal with 2:04 left and Pooley pulled Hamilton within a goal on a nice individual effort with 35.4 seconds remaining. The Continentals were awarded the ensuing draw thanks to a foul on the Ephs but never got a shot off. Halloran intercepted a desperation pass with less than five seconds to go and clinched the victory. Alvarenga made three big saves for Williams in the final four minutes.

Gomez gave the Ephs a 1-0 lead 42 seconds into the opening half but Hamilton responded with five goals in a row. Ryan scored both her goals during the run and a free-position goal by Courtney Pierre '21 made it 5-1 with 20:00 left. Williams came back with its own five-goal run and grabbed a 6-5 edge at the break. Sophia Millay started the spurt with 19:32 remaining, Wollmers finished it with 7.2 seconds to go, and Tenbarge scored two goals in between.

Philbrick tied the score 62 seconds into the second half with a free-position goal (the Continentals scored four goals on six free-position shots). Goals by Wollmers and Tenbarge put the Ephs back in front 8-6 with 22:39 left, Pooley cut it to one on a free-position goal and Gomez restored Williams' two-goal advantage about a minute later.

Simson drew Hamilton within a goal again with 14:42 remaining on a quick-hitter while the Continentals were a player down thanks to a yellow card. Philbrick lofted a long pass to Simson, who ran several yards with the ball, eluded a defender and fired a shot into the back of the net.