#15 Williams Tops Wellesley Lacrosse

#15 Williams Tops Wellesley Lacrosse

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The #15 Williams College lacrosse team proved to be too much for the Blue, as Wellesley fell 17-5 to Williams on the team's final spring break game at the National Training Center. The loss dips the Blue to 3-5 overall, while Williams improves to 6-1.

Williams used a fast start and an overall 24-10 shot advantage to put the Blue away.  The teams were close in draw controls, with Williams holding a 13-11 edge in the category. The Ephs were also successful on 14 of 15 clear attempts, including going 7-for-7 in the first half.

The Ephs busted out to a 5-0 advantage just four minutes into play. Nancy Palmer and Rebecca McGovern paced Williams with two goals each during the burst, while Maggie MacCallum added a goal and an assist.

Wellesley got one back with 25:03 on the clock, as
Claire Canty dished to Brit Mscisz for the score, closing the gap to 5-1. Williams then regained control, scoring the next three goals to make it 8-1 with 9:34 remaining in the half.

The Blue got another goal with 8:23 to play, as
Nikki Sharkin converted a free position shot to make it 8-2. However, Williams closed out the half with a Micaela Dussel score, setting the halftime score to 9-2 in favor of the Ephs. 

Wellesley opened the second half with an unassisted score from Canty that made it 9-3, but Williams responded with three unanswered goals to push their lead to 12-3 with 17:00 to play.

The Blue got another free position goal at the 14:48 mark, as
Chesley Hooker found the back of the net, but Williams closed out the game by scoring five of the game's final six goals, making it a 17-5 final. 

Wellesley was paced by two goals from Mscisz, while Canty and Sharkin each added a goal and an assist in the loss. Canty and Sharkin led the Blue with three draw controls each, while
Courtney Peterson added a pair. Caitlin Crawford added two ground balls for Wellesley. 

In goal for Wellesley,
Wendy Nettleton made three saves and also picked up two ground balls in 30 minutes of work. 

Williams' Nancy Palmer led all players with three goals, while Natalie Gill, Bridgit Malicki, Alyssa Amos, McGovern, and Dussel all added two goals each in the win. Gill led the Ephs with six draw controls, while McGovern had three caused turnovers. In goal, Ali Piltch got the win, needing just four saves. 

Wellesley is back in action this weekend, heading back to Massachusetts to play Wheaton on Saturday at 1:00pm.