WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Having gone 8-1-1 since New Year's Day to up their season record to 11-6-1 overall Meghan Gillis's Williams women's ice hockey team has started to garner some national attention.
The Ephs have not cracked the USCHO.com or the D3Hockey.com top ten national polls, but they are now one of five teams in both polls receiving votes..
Plattsburgh State at 17-0-1 sits atop both national polls.
Middlebury and Amherst are the lone NESCAC teams in the USCHO.com and D3Hockey.com national top tens. Middlebury is ranked second and Amherst is ranked 10th in the USCHO.com poll. The Ephs are third among teams also receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll with three.
In the D3Hockey.com poll Middlebury is ranked second and Amherst is sixth. In the D3Hockey.com poll the Ephs received more votes (4), but are fourth among the five teams also receiving votes.
Sweeping Bowdoin at Bowdoin over the weekend the Ephs upped their NESCAC record to 6-1-1 and currently sit in second place behind Middlebury (9-0-3) and just ahead of archrival Amherst (6-2-2) in third.
This Friday at 7:00 PM and again on Saturday at 3:00 PM the Ephs will host Amherst in Lansing Chapman Rink.
Amherst at 10-5-3 overall has four losses to nationally ranked teams and all four of those losses have been by a 1-goal margin.
In their last 10 games the Ephs have tallied 39 goals, while allowing just 20. Senior forward Cristina Bravi leads the Ephs in goals scored (15) and is tied for second in assists with junior defenseman Caitlin Conlon with 12.
Freshman defenseman Hanna Beattie is second on the Ephs in points with 21 on 7 goals and a team leading 14 assists. Sophomore forward Michaela Levine has contributed 18 points on 8 goals and 10 assists and junior forward Andree Heller has scored 8 goals and registered 6 assists for 14 points.
In goal the Ephs have used both junior Chloe Biladeau and freshman Margaret Draper, with Biladeau appearing in 9 games and Draper 7. Biladeau sports a save percentage of .887, stopping 220 of 248 shots, and a goals against average of 3.09.
Draper has stopped 127 of 139 shots to compile a .914 save percentage and a goals against average of 1.70.