WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College women's hockey team — the defending conference champions — will begin defense of that title Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Trinity (15-6-2, 8-6-2 NESCAC) clinched the No. 3 seed and home ice advantage in the quarterfinal round by going 1-0-1 versus Amherst and sweeping Wesleyan in the final two weeks of the regular season.
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The Bantams' success has been due in large part to a high-scoring offense that paces the league with 3.57 goals per game. Trinity, which is 13-1-0 when scoring three or more goals this season, is 4-5 in quarterfinal games and is searching for its first elusive league title.
Trinity's Lucy Robinson, a senior, and junior Cheeky Herr, are second in the NESCAC and atop the team leaders with 16 goals each.
The sixth-seeded Williams (9-12-3, 6-8-2 NESCAC) capped off a historic postseason run last year by defeating Bowdoin, 4-1, in the NESCAC championship game. The run also included a 3-2 win over Trinity in the quarterfinal round.
Williams has gone 1-5-1 in February, but its 1-0 win over Connecticut College in the regular season finale helped the Ephs secure the No. 6 seed. Trinity and Williams split the season series with the Bantams taking the first game, 6-3, and the Ephs prevailing in the second game, 1-0.
The Ephs are led by sophomore Hanna Beattie, who tops the team with three goals and 13 assists for 16 points. Sophomore Sara Lehman leads the Ephs with seven goals and is tied for second on the team in points with 11. Sophomore Emily Krueger also has 11 points (5 goals, six assists).