WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - Williams faced their first in-conference opponent since their season-opener tonight, losing to the Trinity College 6-3. The Bantams secured their lead over Williams with two goals in the third period. Trinity is now 6-2-1, while the Ephs are 4-5-0 for the season.
The Ephs were off to a solid start tonight, taking the lead at 3:14 with a goal by sophomore Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) assisted by freshman Emily Elde (Edina, MINN) and sophomore Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ). The Ephs gained possession of the puck in their own end, and skate down the ice for an offensive play started by Beattie, taking a shot on net that was then rebounded out in front and knocked in by Krueger.
The Bantams were quick to respond however with a goal by junior Cheeky Herr (Princeton, NJ) 3 minutes later at 6:20. Williams and Trinity battled back and forth until the Ephs took the lead again, going up 2-1 with a goal by sophomore Chelsey Stevenson (Tilbury, ONT), assisted by junior Natalie Bernstein (Kenilworth, ILL) and Hanna Beattie. Stevenson was battling with a Trinity player behind the net when she won the puck to score a wrap around goal.
The Ephs kept the pressure on the Bantams during two power plays. Though they were unable to capitalize on either penalty, Williams out-shot the Bantams 9 to 5 in the first and carried their momentum into the beginning of the second.
Williams started the second stanza playing good defense, with the Ephs stopping two 2 on 1 plays at the beginning of the period. Then at 8:51, Herr scored her second goal of the night to tie up the game 2-2. Williams had an opportunity with a 5 on 3 power play, but Trinity played strong defense and held off the Ephs.
Trinity finished the period by going up 4-2, with a goal at 14:34 by senior Lucy Robinson (Toronto, ONT) and a goal at 19:20 by Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, MA).
Williams started the third period with a goal by sophomore Sara Lehman (Lexington, MA) at 5:58 assisted by Bernstein. Lehman forced a turnover in the Williams end, and skated the length of the ice with a Trinity player on her the whole time. Moving right to left in the Trinity zone, Lehman scored top-shelf to make it a one goal game. Trinity remained determined to secure their lead, registering another two goals to race ahead of the Ephs and finish the game winning 6-3. Lucy Robinson earned her second point of the night at 7:39, as did Kelcie Finn at 17:47.
Sophomore goalie Claudie Escue (Carbondale, COLO) made a total of 19 saves for Trinity, and sophomore goalie Margaret Draper (Belmont, MA) made a total of 7 and senior goalie Charlie Billadeau (Chaska, MINN) made 6.
The Ephs face off against Trinity tomorrow at 3pm.