Camels stun Ephs, 5-1

Cristina Bravi 14
Cristina Bravi 14

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Camels and Ephs returned to Lansing Chapman Rink Saturday for their last regular season game. Despite a 5-1 loss to Connecticut College, there was plenty to celebrate this afternoon on Senior Day. Senior captains Cristina Bravi (Montreal, QC) and Gabby Vukasin (Princeton NJ), along with Ally Ensor, were honored today and contributed to a hard fought effort against a strong NESCAC opponent.   

"Ally has been great, even though she couldn't play because of an injury, just helping in any way that she could as the player coach. Gabby and Bravi have obviously been great, on offense and in terms of scoring, but also just helping the team improve every year and be better in the NESCAC," commented head coach Meghan Gillis on her seniors.

The Ephs earned a commanding 5-2 win last night, but today it was Conn who came out of the starting blocks firing. 

The Camels broke the ice first after three minutes of play and never looked back, tacking on four more goals. The Ephs found the net for the first time in the final frame, and tried to string together a comeback effort, but to no avail.  

The first penalty of the game would prove to be a costly one for the Ephs, as the Camels made quick work of seizing their man-up opportunity and scored 10 seconds into the powerplay. Set up by Julie Beattie (Livonia, MI) and Courtney Dumont (Yarmouth, ME), Jane Pagano (Erie, PA) ripped a shot from the center that found the back of the net over the shoulder of Eph goalie Charlie Billadeau (Chaska, MN). Her tally came at 17:01.

Conn College would add another tally with 7:29 remaining in the first period, thanks to a goal from freshman Cassie Hunter (Gilford, NH). Michaela Igo (Sandwich, MA) collected a pass from Sarah Kaplan (Katonah, NY) and took a shot that Billadeau stopped, but Hunter jumped on the rebound and slid it by the Eph netminder to extend her team's lead to 2-0.

Conn would hold onto their lead throughout the remainder of the period, and concluded the opener with 10 shots to Williams' 7. 

Building off the momentum they generated throughout the 1st, the Camels came out firing in the middle stanza, tacking on a shorthanded goal at the 15:56 mark. Stephanie Izzi (West Cornwall, CT) received a pass from Beattie and beat an Eph defender to have a 1-on-1 with the goalie. She deked Billadeau and tucked the puck past her, earning her team a 3-0 lead.

A minute and a half later, the Camels would capitalize on the powerplay to take a commanding 4-0 lead. The fourth goal came from Igo off the rebound, set up by Kaplan and Amelia Dineen (Arlington, MA). 

Looking to turn things around, the Ephs saw a 5-on-3 at 12:09 for 45 seconds. The Camels fended off the attack, and killed both penalties to hold onto their four-goal lead. 

The Camels ceased to slow the attack, notching another goal with 5:58 remaining in the middle frame and extending their lead to 5-0 thanks to a second goal from Pagano. On the powerplay, Pagano ripped a shot that made its way through traffic and found the back of the net.

Needing to build some offensive momentum, the Ephs did just that to start the final frame. Freshman Hannah Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) got things rolling for the Ephs 35 seconds into the period. Set up by Bravi and Vukasin, she drilled a shot that Conn goaltender Kelsie Fralick (West Cehster, PA) never even saw.

Williams continued to keep the pressure on Fralick, testing her multiple times on powerplay opportunities. The comeback effort would not prove to be enough however, and Connecticut College would take home the victory to earn a split on the weekend.

Fralick concluded the afternoon with 31 saves, while Billadeau stopped 29 Camel attempts. 

Despite the loss, the Ephs look forward to hosting a NESCAC tournament first round contest on Saturday, March 1st at 1:00pm. The tournament pairings will be determined later this evening by the NESCAC Office.

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