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Williams staves off Bates comeback in field hockey

Emily Sampson '09 gets her stick on the ball in front of Williams' Jess Overlander during Saturday's 4-2 loss.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Williams College grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first half and held off Bates College's rally in the second half to register a 4-2 NESCAC field hockey victory Saturday at Campus Avenue Field.

The visiting Ephs (1-1, 1-0 NESCAC) scored back-to-back goals on penalty corners in the first 13 minutes for a 2-0 lead. Senior Jess Overlander (New Canaan, Conn.) struck first, assisted by junior Amy Siedlicki (Madison, Conn.). She was followed three minutes later by senior Arianna Kourides's (Rye, N.Y.) tally on another penalty corner play.

Williams continued to dominate the first half, mounting a 17-0 edge in shots in the period. Senior Julia Nawrocki (Winchester, U.K.) made it 3-0 with 5:58 to play in the period, assisted by junior Anne de Saint Phalle (Bronxville, N.Y.).

Bates came out a different team for the second half. The Bobcats took their first shot of the game on their first penalty corner of the game, when junior Samantha Rothkopf's (Chicago, Ill.) shot caromed off of the left goal post. Junior Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.) collected the ball outside the circle, dribbled in and fed senior Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.), who slammed the ball in past Williams goalie Katrina Tulla (New Canaan, Conn.) to make it 3-1 with 26:36 left in the game.

Bates made it 3-2 with 9:25 remaining on a penalty corner, when sophomore Stephanie Cabot (Dover, Mass.) drove in first-year Kelly McManus's (Campton, N.H.) pass from the edge of the circle.

The Ephs received an insurance goal with 1:13 left, as de Saint Phalle scored unassisted to make it 4-2.

Although Bates rebounded in the second half with six shots and five penalty corners, Williams finished the game with a 30-6 edge in shots and a 13-5 advantage in penalty corners.

Bates sophomore Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) had 14 saves in net for the Bobcats. Tulla came up with one save for Williams.

STATS: Williams 4, Bates 2