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Williams Defeats Women’s Lacrosse With Big Second-Half Run

Jackie Cooney

Williamstown, Mass. – The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team dropped a NESCAC matchup to Williams by a 12-7 score on Saturday afternoon at Farley-Lamb Field.

After the teams traded goals in the opening five minutes, Williams went on its first of two runs by netting four unanswered to take control. Emma Tenbarge picked up a ground ball and scored a go-ahead goal following a save by Camel sophomore Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) off a free position attempt, and the Ephs used the momentum to tally three more goals in a span of 3:10

Connecticut College, however, stayed competitive and stormed back by continuing to earn and capitalize on free position attempts. After Navoni netted two free position goals, sophomore Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) added the team's third marker by putting back her own miss. Junior Kate Bermingham (Amherst, N.H.) added a free position goal with 5:01 remaining, and classmate Clara Bisson (Sudbury, Mass.) tacked on back-to-back markers to give the Camels their first lead. She tied the game by netting a free position goal and then collecting a blocked shot off a free position taken by Julia Loesch (Charlotte, N.C.) to make it 6-5 heading into the recess.

The Camels doubled their lead in the early stages of the second half when Lombard finished a pass from Navoni, but Williams responded with another big run. Mason Yonge led the charge by completing a hat trick during the stretch, which included sparking the run with an unassisted tally at 24:04 and capping it by finding the back of the net with just over two minutes remaining to cap a 7-0 streak and put the game out of reach for the visitors.

Williams (1-3, NESCAC 1-2) was led by Tenbarge, who recorded a hat trick, picked up four ground balls, and caused three turnovers. Yonge added three goals, while Allison Norris contributed a goal and two assists to go along with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Goalie Kami Cisneros made nine saves between the posts for the Ephs, who had a 35-28 advantage in total shots and an 11-10 edge in draw controls.

Bisson, Lombard and Navoni all scored twice in the setback for the Camels. Navoni also won a game-high nine draw controls, while senior Erin Martin (Scituate, Mass.) scooped up six ground balls and caused two turnovers. Fazio finished the game with a career-high 14 saves.

Connecticut College (1-4, NESCAC 0-3) will conclude a four-game road trip when it visits Westfield State on Wednesday at 6 p.m.