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Williams prevails over field hockey 2-1 in overtime

Caroline O'Reilly and the Bates field hockey team fell 2-1 in overtime to Williams on Sept. 25, 2016. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)   

LEWISTON, Maine -- Rachel Brissette tipped in Alex Bennett's penalty corner shot in the sixth minute of overtime, giving Williams College a 2-1 NESCAC victory over the Bates field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Campus Avenue Field.

The Ephs rose to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in New England Small College Athletic Conference play, while Bates dipped to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the NESCAC.

Williams ended the sudden-victory overtime after earning the first penalty corner of the period, Williams' fifth of the game. With two fewer Bates backs defending the cage due to the 7-on-7 format of overtime periods, Brissette inserted the ball to Bennett at the top of the circle. Brissette was in the right place with enough space to redirect Bennett's slap shot for the win.

Bates had tied the game in the 53rd minute on its first penalty corner of the contest. After junior Lauren Foster (Pawling, N.Y.) inserted the ball, sophomore Shelbie McCormack (Tyngsborough, Mass.) received a short pass and dished out to first-year Alexandra Leahy (Cohasset, Mass.) on the left wing. Leahy smacked in her second goal of the season to make it 1-1.

Bates will next play at Trinity College on Saturday at 11am, followed by a game at Amherst Sunday at noon.

Williams took the early lead in the 11th minute on the only shot on goal recorded by either side in the first half. Isabel Perry received the ball eight yards in front of the Bates goal and sent it toward the left post, where Bennett knocked it inside the far right post. 

Williams led Bates in shots just 3-1 in the first half as both teams defended their home circles well, and the Ephs led 1-0 at the half. Williams came out stronger than Bates in the early second half, attempting the first six shots of the period. Leahy's goal was the first shot of the half and second of the game for the Bobcats.

Sophomore Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) nearly sent Bates ahead less than a minute later but Margaret Draper was there for the save. Williams earned two straight corners before Bates asserted its most sustained offensive attack of the afternoon. Draper saved a shot by Jessie Moriarty in the 63rd minute, and then Williams' defense withstood three straight penalty corners for the Bobcats, who outshot Williams 6-0 in the final seven minutes.

Draper finished with three saves for Williams. Bates sophomore Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) played the first half in goal before first-year Alyssa Souza (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) took over and recorded one save the rest of the way.