POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y  -- Entering the second round one shot behind leaders Amherst College, the Williams women prevailed on a challenging course, winning the Vassar Invitational by five shots on Sunday.

The Ephs, although a bit discouraged after a tough first round, were poised to attack on title day. Both Dale Markey and Victoria Student  fought their demons from the first day and improved their Sunday scores. Coach Erika DeSanty acknowledged their focus and determination throughout each of their rounds.

"I was most pleased this weekend with the improvements made by Dale and Victoria from day one to day two," she said.

Student subtracted an impressive seven strokes from her first-round score, shooting an 88, and Becky Miller '13 and Emily Wickstrom '14 again turned in matching rounds of 85. Georgiana Salant '14, tied for second after the first day, turned in a round of 86 and finished the tournament tied for third. The Ephs posted a consistent 342/344 for a two day total of 686.

"Yesterday we fought the course, and the course won. But today we did our best to make sure that we didn't let the course or the wildlife get the better of us," quipped Markey.

The course was as fierce as the competition the Ephs faced in their perpetual rivals from the east. But the Amherst College Lord Jeffs shot a team total of 350 on Sunday, erasing their lead and netting a two-day total of 891. Vassar entered Sunday in third place and remained there posting a team total of 700, holding onto their lead over NYU (711) and Middlebury (717).

"This was a very important win for us and will hopefully give us momentum for our next tournament," DeSanty said. "This tournament helped each of us to better understand what we need to build on in practice this week and heading into the Jack Leaman [Invitational] this weekend,"