ADRIAN, MICH- The Williams College Ephs defeated the St. Olaf Oles this afternoon in an out-of-conference game 3-1, with freshman Kearan Burke (Shrewbury, MA) securing the lead with 15 seconds to go in the game and scoring her first collegiate goal. Williams outshot St. Olaf 41 to 23 and are now (4-4-0) for the season while the Oles are (0-10-1).
The Ephs took the lead early on in the first period at 4:43 with a goal by senior Caitlin Conlon (Sudbury, MA) assisted by sophomore Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) and junior Michaela Levine (Lititz, PA).
However the Oles were quick to respond four minutes later with a goal by junior Sarah Lind (Bloomington, MINN) assisted by freshman Riley Anderson (Edina, MINN).
When St. Olaf received a penalty at 11:49, the Ephs capitalized on the power play and took the lead once more with a goal by senior Gwen Schultz (Wallingford, CT) assisted by junior Talia Simon (Carlisle, MA) and freshman Ellen Chiligiris (Downers Grove, IL). Schultz passed the puck up to freshman Canda Lu (Studiio City, CA), who sent it over to Simon who got a shot that rebounded out in front of the net - Schultz then one-timed the puck into the net.
The Ephs continued their strong offensive play for the remainder of the first.
Williams came out firing in the second period, outshooting the Oles 29 to 4. Taking advantage of two power plays – the first coming at 7:10 and the second at 18:59 - the Ephs kept the puck in the Oles' zone for most of the period.
Williams also stayed strong short-handed when they received a penalty at 14:46 and gave St. Olaf few scoring opportunities. Williams' senior Sam Cutts (Kittery Point, ME) made a great defensive play when Olaf had a breakaway and was able to sprint back to the Williams zone and knock the puck off the player's stick right before she had the chance to shoot.
Senior goalie Charlie Billadeau (Chaska, MN) stayed tough between the pipes in his second start of the season, making 11 saves in the third. The Ephs held off two St. Olaf power plays, coming at 3:09 and 15:35, digging the puck out of their corners. Billadeau made a great glove save to keep the game at 2-1 for Williams.
At 18:16 St. Olaf pulled their goalie to try and tie up the game but were unable to get past Williams' defense. Then with 21 seconds to go in the game, St. Olaf earned a penalty and Williams' freshman Kearan Burke scored at 19:45, while Krueger and Levine earned their second assists of the afternoon.
"Burke registered her first collegiate goal today. Michaela won the puck off St. Olaf and sent it back to Krueger, who then cut the seam. Burke went to the net to screen and was able to put the rebound in. Our team did a great job of stepping up and playing as a team today," commented head coach Meghan Gillis.
Michaela Levine and Ciatlin Conlon were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Ephs will take on Trinity at home in their first in-conference game since their home opener against Wesleyan. The team plays next Friday at 7pm.