Macpherson Field, Greensboro, ready for play

(photo copyright Williams College)

 

 

The day has finally arrived. The Williams women play the defending D3 National Champions, the Thunder from Wheaton College (IL), in the NCAA Final Four today at 5 PM EST.

UPDATE: Wheaton ahead 1-0 at the half (5:50 PM). Williams playing strong. Almost scored twice in the first 2 minutes. Wheaton answered at about 6 minutes in. Luck has not been with the Ephs so far, with two no goals and a slew of flyers over the bar. They are composed and look very good. GO EPHS!

2ND UPDATE: Weird tap in early in the 2nd gives Wheaton another point. Bad luck Let’s hope it turns soon.

3rd UPDATE: Gabby Woodson sneaks one in. With 30 min. left, it’s 2-1, Wheaton.

4th UPDATE: Wheaton scored again, about 6 min. left.

FINAL UPDATE: And there it ended for the Ephs. Both teams played well and cleanly and the game was much closer than the score indicated. Until that third Wheaton score, it could have gone either way. A big disappointment, but a glorious journey. Congratulations to our Ephs and their worthy opponents.

In Greensboro: Macpherson Stadium at Bryan Park (directions included)

                    6015 Townsend Road 

                          Browns Summit, NC

In Williamstown: on the big screen at Paresky

Online: NCAA.com (remember to preload the Silverlight.2.0(2).dmg software )

And here’s another fun story about the team that gives a bit of flavor of what it’s like to be getting ready to play in the Final Four. Not mentioned in the article are the parents. I have no doubt that many (most?) of them are in Greensboro, that they are having a great time together, and that they and their daughters are enjoying spending a little (but probably not much) time together. From what I can tell, the parents form the core of a spirited, highly supportive fan section. If you can, join them in the cheering, whether at the field, in Paresky, or online.

Note that the Amherst men play today in the men’s Final Four. 

Go Ephs! Go Lord Jeffs! Go NESCAC!

The team, all cleaned up, in Greensboro (pre-NCAA banquet?)

(photo copyright Williams College)

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