Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore forward Julia Cochran (Riverside, Conn.) had a game-tying assist and the game-winning goal to lead the visiting Williams College Ephs to a 4-2 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Field Hockey Championship Quarterfinals this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 11 nationally, falls to 12-4 and will have to wait until after the league tournament to see if they are selected as an at-large team to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Williams keeps its season alive with its second win over Trinity this fall, and will face top-seeded Tufts in the NESCAC Semifinals next Saturday at 11 a.m. in Medford, Mass. Hamilton and Middlebury face off in the other NESCAC Semifinal game at Tufts next Saturday and the winners will play in the finals on Sunday at the same site.
Trinity sophomore midfielder Alison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) gave Trinity a 2-1 lead less than 24 minutes into the game with the first two-goal effort of her career. She scored directly off a penalty corner 7:27 into the contest with assists credited to first-year midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) and junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.). Slowe then converted a second feed by Finn with 11:21 left in the first half after junior forward Hannah Goodrick (Darien, Conn.) had assisted senior tri-captain Kate Gallop (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) for a game-tying Eph goal midway through the half. Williams tied it again with 6:49 on the clock, as Goodrick had her initial shot blocked but scored seconds later when Cochran quickly got the ball back to her.
In the second half, the teams each took seven shots, but the Ephs put six of theirs on goal and scored the only two goals after the break. Cochran netted the clincher from Gallop with 19:04 remaining in the game, and senior tri-captain Rachel Brissette (Larchmont, N.Y.) added an insurance goal with 2:54 left to play. Williams senior goalie Margaret Draper (Belmont, Mass.) made three of her nine saves in the opening nine minutes of the second stanza while the game was still tied at 2-2, and the Bantams were held without a shot on goal for the final 12:01 of the contest. Trinity goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) totaled eight saves. Shots were even at 15-15, but the Ephs took 17 penalty corners to seven for the Bantams.