Strong second half rally propels No. 3 Amherst past No. 9 Williams
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A strong second half performance from third-ranked Amherst College propelled the Jeffs past ninth-ranked Williams College on Saturday, 13-6.
The win snapped the Ephs’ 10-game winning streak, as the Jeffs remained unbeaten with a 14-0 overall and 9-0 NESCAC ledger. With the loss, Williams drops to 12-2 on the year and 7-2 in league play.
Amherst got on the board early with a free-position goal by Priscilla Tyler, but Williams answered back when Nancy Palmer netted an unassisted goal just a minute later. The Ephs then pulled away with three consecutive goals. Stephanie Gallo began the scoring streak off a pass from Bridget Malicki, Rebecca McGovern scored unassisted and Anne Rehfuss received another pass from Malicki as the home team took a 4-1 lead.
The Jeffs retaliated, however, and after nearly nine minutes of scoreless play, Krista Zsitvay scored back-to-back goals at the 11:28 and 6:51 marks to cut the deficit to within one.
Though the Ephs would reclaim a two-goal lead when Alyssa Amos scored off a feed from Malicki directly in front of net, but the Jeffs quickly answered back when Rachel Passarelli ’16 scored thirty seconds later. Then, with 21 seconds remaining in the half, Tyler capitalized on another free-position shot for the Jeffs to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the break.
Despite a tight first half, the Jeffs would dominate second half play and pull away with eight goals in the final 30 minutes of regulation. The Ephs initially came out strong when Amos won the draw and proceeded to score just over 20 seconds into the frame, but it would be the last goal of the game for Williams.
Three consecutive goals by Tyler allowed Amherst to take the lead for the first time in the game since her initial goal as she jump-started the Jeffs’ run.
Williams’ defense held off the Jeff’s attack for over six minutes, during which Williams goalie Ali Piltch had two free-position saves. However, Alex Philie evaded her defender and curled around the crease to give the Jeffs a three-goal lead with just under 14 minutes remaining in the contest.
The Ephs gained possession following a time out, but a turn over in front of the goal enabled the Jeffs to control the game once again as they passed the ball around on their attacking end to run the clock down.
Amherst proceeded to score two quick goals to establish a solid five-goal lead over the Ephs with 6:28 remaining in the contest. The Jeffs’ stalled play for two more minutes before Elizabeth Ludlow scored another marker at 4:28.
Passerelli netted another goal off a pass from Sarah Spector ’15 with just 18 seconds remaining en route to the 13-6 win.
Amherst goalie Christy Forrest finished with two saves and Piltch recorded 10 in net for Williams. Tyler led the visitors with five goals and Amos posted a team-high two for the Ephs.