AMHERST, MA - The Williams College Ephs (8-9-2) returned to Orr Rink this afternoon to face off against rival Amherst College (14-2-3). The second ranked Lord Jeffs won the NESCAC mini-series against the third ranked Ephs this afternoon with another 2-0 victory. Freshman Alex Toupal (New Brighton, Minn) scored the game-winning goal at 10:51 in the second period.
Williams is now 5-5-2 for NESCAC play, and Amherst is 9-1-2.
The Ephs will be back in Williamstown for the next week, facing off against out-of-conference opponent Sacred Heart this Tuesday.
The first period featured strong play from both teams. "We did a much better job this afternoon, coming out ready to play from the beginning," commented head coach Meghan Gillis.
The Lord Jeffs outshot the Ephs 13 to 9, but freshman goalie Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, NS) stayed big in net to keep the score at 0-0 going into the second stanza.
Amherst came out skating fast at the start of the second. Sophomore Caitlyn Ryan (Burlington, Mass.) took a shot from the right point, and freshman Emma Griese (Toronto, Ont) tipped in the puck off the rebound to take the lead 35 seconds into the period.
A few minutes after the goal, freshman Brenna Sullivan (Lockport, Ill) took a slap shot that hit the Williams' crossbar. The puck landed close to sophomore Lynndy Smith (Glendale, Ariz), who took a shot that rebounded off Cleroux's pads and went straight back to Sullivan. Before she could take a shot, Cleroux made a diving save to keep the score at 1-0.
Toupal secured the Amherst lead ten minutes later with another tip in goal.
At 14:16, the Ephs received a penalty but were able to hold off the Lord Jeffs to keep it a two-goal game. Cleroux made several good saves to keeps Williams in the game.
The Ephs had several chances in the final period, but were unable to get the puck past Amherst goalie Yuna Evans (East Heavan, Conn) who earned her second consecutive shut-out today.
With a minute and a half left in the game, Williams pulled Cleroux in a last effort to come back, but were unable to secure a goal
"We had a lot of chances tonight but just couldn't find the back of the net. We're looking for a quick turnaround for our game against Sacred Heart on Tuesday," reflected coach Gillis.
Sophomores Sarah Lehman (Lexington, MA) and Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) lead the Ephs with 6 shots a piece for Williams, while Smith lead the Lord Jeffs with 6 shots on goal.
Cleroux made a total of 28 saves, and Evans made 24.