Lax Teams Wax Williams: Women smother Ephs with dominating defense
By Carlyn Robertson '14, Managing Sports Editor
The women’s lacrosse team put together a pair of wins this week against Wheaton and Williams. The team displayed stellar offensive and defensive play in both games. They advanced to 6-3 overall and 2-3 in NESCAC play.

The Jeffs destroyed Wheaton College 16-2 last Thursday. The points came from across the board, with Allie Horwitz ’12 leading the way with four goals. Annelies O’Dea ’14 had a hat trick, and Kelley Trapp ’11 added two goals and two assists. Marta Randall ’12, Hillary Densen ‘12 and Elizabeth Ludlow ’14 each scored a pair of goals while Julia Viani ’12 had a goal and two assists. Goalie MC McClellan ’14 played for the first 44:25 and made five blocks.

The Jeffs scored the first six points of the game and put 15 of the first 16 on the board. Wheaton scored its first goal at the 15:32 mark. The score was 9-1 at the half, and the Jeffs continued their balanced and aggressive offense into the second frame. The Jeffs came out with a 6-0 run before Wheaton scored with 2:52 to play. Ludlow put away the final shot right at the buzzer.

The 18th-ranked Jeffs let their momentum carry them on to a 6-4 victory over 16th-ranked Williams College on Saturday afternoon. This time, it was the Jeff defense that would shine. The Jeffs held the Ephs scoreless for 43:01 and only allowed eight shots over the course of the game. McClellan stopped four shots, and senior co-captain Liz Foye led the team with four caused turnovers. Claire Bennett ’12 caused two more and picked up three ground balls. The Jeffs also kept control on the offensive end, holding a 16-8 advantage in shots, winning 10 of 14 draw controls and maintaining possession of the ball for the majority of the game.

Horwitz, who scored four goals, started the Jeffs off with a quick 2-0 lead. Randall added another goal before the Ephs returned the attack, bringing the score to 3-2. Densen doubled the lead five minutes into the second half, beginning a 5-0 run for the Jeffs. Randall sent a low shot into the net for a 5-2 lead. McClellan was threatened by a wide-open Williams attacker, but she denied the point-blank Eph attempt and fed the Jeff offense, making a long pass to Bennett. Bennett ran past three defenders before sending the ball to Ludlow, who put away a low shot to bring the Jeffs up 6-2.

Horwitz further increased the lead by adding another two goals to put the score at 8-2 with 11:10 to play. The Ephs managed to score in the next five minutes, but O’Dea responded with a goal to maintain the Jeffs’ solid lead at 9-3. Williams put away one last goal, but their fate was already sealed. The Jeffs next match-up will be a crucial conference game at Middlebury at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Issue 22, Submitted 2011-04-13 05:17:18