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Women's Lacrosse 2020 Season Outlook

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Williams College women’s lacrosse head coach Alice Lee, now in her third year at the helm of the Ephs, has expanded the Eph roster from 20 players a year ago to 28 this season as she continues to rebuild the program.

Last year, the Ephs went 7-8 overall and 3-6 in NESCAC with two of the losses coming by two goals.

Lee is excited to welcome back a strong returning group, which includes four senior captains that bring a “sense of leadership across different parts of the field. The captains are monumental not only because of their leadership on the field, but also for the atmosphere they have created off the field.”

Alice Lee returns for her third season at the helm of the Ephs.

Lee is counting heavily on her seniors to set an example and provide critical mentorship for a fairly young 2020 Eph team.

Lost to graduation was Emma TenBarge who scored a team-best 43 goals in 2019, however, Lee however, does return eight players who played in all 15 games last season.

The impressive list of returnees includes junior midfielder Claire Fitzpatrick who for the second year in a row earned IWLCA All-Berkshire honors. Fitzpatrick is the top returning points producer for the Ephs. She scored 32 goals for the team in 2019 and assisted on 14 goals, for a total of 46 points.

Senior attack Kara Wollmers also had strong 2019 campaign, scoring 28 goals and assisting on 6 others, for a total of 34 points. She took 49 shots on goal, leading to an impressive 73.1% success rate.

  • Senior forward Kara Wollmers scored 28 goals and added 6 assists for the Ephs during the 2019 season.

Joining Wollmers on attack will be sophomore Mason Yonge who debuted last season netting 14 goals and assisting on 9, registering 23 points during the 2019 season. Junior attack/midfielder Olivia Gomez will also be counted on to generate offensive forays as another experienced returner. Last year Gomez was limited to just 7 games and scored 1 goal for the Ephs bringing career total goals of goals to 15.

Spearheading the Eph defense are senior captains Isabel Perry and Louisa Ebby who each started in all 15 games last year. Both players played critical roles generating turnovers and collecting the resulting ground balls, which are essential for a dynamic and successful defense and is helpful in generating a quick-strike offensive attack.

Perry caused 21 turnovers and scooped up 27 ground balls last spring, and notched 5 draw controls. Ebby caused 5 turnovers in 2019 and she collected 19 ground balls. Despite being a defensive player, Ebby had a 100% shot on goal percentage after both of her two shots on goal were successful. Ebby and Perry bring extensive experience, skill, and the talent needed for a solid defensive core. Junior Jesse Hem recorded 30 ground balls and forced 14 turnovers last spring

Senior captain Isabel Perry will help anchor the Ephs' defensive effort.

Senior goalie Kami Cisneros is the fourth captain. A year ago, she allowed 129 goals, 91 of which occurred during conference play. As the featured goalie last year, Cisneros had a large responsibility and did well against a highly competitive schedule. A year ago Cisneros and the Ephs allowed 13.3 goals a game. Two freshmen goalies join the team this spring, Caitlyn Joyce and Gates Tenerowicz, who will certainly benefit from Cisneros’ leadership and experience.

Lee is also aware that this season will come with quite a few challenges. Williams plays in “toughest conference in the country,” stated Lee, which makes every NESCAC game a battle. Lee wants her Ephs to “focus on the progress and that every challenge is an opportunity.” Lee brings a positive attitude to the team and has shown that she is anything but afraid to take on difficult opponents.

"This season is monumental considering the large number of freshman players that will be joining the roster,” stated Lee. She is confident that every freshman will contribute to the overall competitiveness of the team, and was impressed at how seamlessly the 13 women positively added to the group’s chemistry and dynamic.

The Ephs will open the 2020 season hosting Trinity College at 1:00 PM on Farley-Lamb Field on February 29.

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Photo by Kris Dufour