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Dolan Hat Trick Lifts Williams Field Hockey in Opener
01:04AM / Wednesday, September 05, 2018
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CLINTON, N.Y. – The Williams College field hockey team (1-0) bounced back from allowing an early goal to overcome the St. John Fisher Cardinals on the strength of a hat trick by senior forward Libby Dolan to prevail 3-2, on Tuesday.
The opening goal of the contest came off the stick of SJFC's Lauren Fazio who converted off a feed from Bre Socker at 3:40. 
The Eph defense settled down after the Fazio goal and held SJFC to just one additional shot on goal over the final 31:20 of the opening half.
"I think we were just a little nervous and unorganized defensively at the start, but we really settled down after their goal," Eph head coach Alix Barrale said.
The Ephs answered the Fazio goal at 10:01 when  Dolan converted on a backhand shot from 12 yards out off a feed from Meredith Wright.
With 1:25 left in first half Bre Socker ran onto a bouncing ball in the circle and her shot from eight yards out was denied by the stick of Emma Santucci, which deflected Socker's shot up and over the top of the net. 
The Ephs registered eight shots on goal in the first half, but the Cardinals' Ashley Maynard turned aside seven to keep the game tied at one at the intermission. 
In the first half the Eph goalie Emma Santucci stopped one of two shots on goal, while SJFC's Ashley Maynard turned aside seven of eight Eph attempts. 
Junior Abby Lloyd went in goal in the second half for the Ephs. 
Just under two minutes into the second half  Dolan gave the Ephs a 2-1 lead when she scored off the rebound off a shot in close by Julia Cochran that bounced off Maynard onto the stick of Dolan at 36:53.
At 56:31 Libby Dolan completed her hat trick when she scored off a setup by Claire Fitzpatrick to boost the Ephs' lead to 3-1.
Next up for the Ephs is their home opener on Saturday at noon when they take on NESCAC foe Trinity on Williamson Field.
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