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No. 10 Ephs pounce on women's lacrosse team early, win 18-12

Jenn Brallier '12 recorded her third career hat trick, with three goals. (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- No. 10 nationally ranked Williams scored four times in the opening 1:17, before Bates ever had possession of the ball, and the Ephs went on to win 18-12 in a NESCAC game at Garcelon Field on Saturday.

Junior Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) led Bates (0-3, 0-2 NESCAC) with four goals and an assist, while sophomore Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) tallied her third career hat trick with three goals. Junior Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) scored twice and assisted on another goal, and senior Briana Gross (Andover, Mass.) had two assists in addition to one goal.

Margie Fulton scored six goals and assisted on another for the Ephs (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC), while Sam Weinstein recorded three goals and three assists. Goalie Julia Schreiber played immensely in goal for Williams, making 18 saves to offset the host Bobcats' 37-32 advantage in shots. Emily Whicker scored three goals for Williams, in addition to a game-high eight draw controls, while Stephanie Gallo and Katie Pettengill added two scores apiece.

The Ephs won the game-opening draw and scored just 22 seconds in, with Weinstein assisting Gallo, then got another score just nine seconds later, as Weinstein won the draw and fed Fulton on a quick break. Williams won its third straight draw and Fulton converted an unassisted goal, and Williams had a 3-0 lead 57 seconds into the game. Twenty seconds later, Weinstein converted the free-position shot she was awarded, making it 4-0 wiht 28:43 left in the half.

Bates finally gained possession for the first time as first-year Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) won the draw control. Gross's shot was saved by Schreiber, and the Ephs charged upfield for a clear and a second goal by Gallo, assisted by Fulton, for a 5-0 lead with 27:36 to go.

Bates responded with another draw control by Wally Pierce, who dished to O'Neill for Bates' first score at the 27:21 mark, closing the deficit to 5-1.

Williams didn't let up from there, but Bates didn't give up either. Williams extended its lead to 9-3 by the halfway point of the first half, but back-to-back goals by Brallier closed it to 9-5. Emily Jablonski padded Williams' lead to 10-5 with an unassisted tally, and Whicker made it 11-5 with another. O'Neill fed Brallier for a score with 56 seconds to go, but Williams got the last score of the half as Kaitlin Ellis got her second assist of the game, feeding Fulton for her fifth goal of the period, giving the Ephs a 12-6 halftime lead.

Williams outscored Bates 4-2 in the first 10 minutes of the second half, frustrating the Bobcats' comeback attempts. Bates reeled off three straight, however, with all three goals involving Gross, to cut the gap to 16-11. Gross converted a Dannis assisst, then tallied her fourth and fifth assists of the season on goals by junior Maggie Reilly (Wellesley, Mass.) and first-year Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) at the 15:30 and 14:11 marks, respectively.

Brallier won the ensuing draw control, leading to a shot by O'Neill that was blocked by an Eph defender. The teams traded shots on goal before Weinstein buried a free-position shot with 10:15 to go, bumping Williams' lead back to six goals at 17-11.

Dannis scored an unassisted goal with an off-speed shot that snuck past Schreiber with 9:04 to go, but the Ephs made up for it with an unassisted goal by Whicker, finishing the scoring with 7:45 left in the game.

Bates plays at No. 19 Babson on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Williams 18, Bates 12