NEWPORT, RI – The Williams College Ephs defeated host Salve Regina (3-4-0) tonight with sophomore Sarah Lehmen earning her first collegiate goal. Lehmen consolidated a 2-0 lead with 10:25 minutes to go in the third. The Ephs are now 2-3-0 for the season and face another out of conference team this coming Sunday.
Williams ended the first stanza tied at 0-0 with Salve Regina. The Ephs defense did a good job killing two Seahawk power plays. Junior Hadley DesMeules had a great block in front of the Williams net, and sophomore goalie Margaret Draper made solid saves deflecting 7 shots to the corners. With less than two minutes left in the period, Draper stayed tough between the pipes with a wrap around save and a double save off of a one-on-one play in the Williams end. The Seahawk goalie, Colleen Marcik, made several good saves too, getting her glove on the puck off of an offensive play that lead to a scramble in front of the Salve net, headed by sophomore Emily Krueger.
The Ephs gained momentum at the beginning of the second period when they killed a penalty that continued over from the first. Williams capitalized off Seahawk penalties with two power play goals. Freshmen Emily Eide, assisted by senior Nitsan Goldstein, got her first college goal at 10:54. Nitsan passed to Eide, who followed her shot that deflected off of Marcik's skate and buried the puck in the back of the net.
Williams continued controlling play after their first goal, displaying strong defensive skills off a Salve penalty with 6:35 left in the period. Their strong offensive play continued as well at 18:39 when junior Natalie Berstein circled the puck from behind the Williams net, carrying the puck down the ice and setting up sophomore Hanna Beattie for a great wrist shot goal.
"The girls did a great job moving the puck into the Seahawk zone tonight and looking to follow up off of rebounds," reflective head coach Meghan Gillis, "over the past few games they have really improved their offensive play."
The Ephs kept the puck in the Salve Regina end for the majority of the third period, with sophomore Sarah Lehman getting her first collegiate goal at 9:35 when she tipped the puck into the net off a rebound. Williams killed their 4th penalty of the game with 8:31 remaining in the stanza. From then on it was smooth sailing for the Ephs towards their second victory of the season.
"We got off to a slow start in the first period, and Margaret came up with some big saves to keep us in the game," commented coach Gillis, "I'm excited for another tough game against Manhattanville on Sunday.
Margaret Draper had a shut-out blocking 27 shots, and Colleen Marcik had a total of 24 saves.
The Ephs face Manhattanville at home this Sunday night. The puck drops at 5pm.