HARTFORD, CT — In the NESCAC quarterfinals, the Williams College women's hockey team lost a close game against Trinity College, 1-0. Junior Emma Tani (Orange, Calif) scored the deciding goal with eleven seconds to go in the first period. The Ephs finished their season with a 9-13-3 record, while the Trinity College Bantams advanced to the NESCAC semifinals with their win tonight.
The first period went back and forth between the Ephs and Bantams. Trinity earned a penalty kill 9:15 minutes into the period, while Williams earned one at 15:48. However the Bantams bounced back from the Williams penalty kill and took the lead at 19:49 at the tail end of the first with a goal by Tani. She forced a turnover in the Williams end, and skated the length of the ice to put the puck past freshman goaltender Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, NS).
The second period featured strong offensive play from both teams. Both Cleroux and Trinity goalie Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) stayed big in net to keep the score at 1-0.
In the third, Trinity played short handed for 8 minutes, but Bantams defense kept the Ephs at bay. With two minutes to go, Williams pulled Cleroux in a last effort to score, but were unable to capitalize on the one man advantage.
Head coach Meghan Gillis commented, "The team worked hard and had lots of chances. We hit some posts but just didn't get a bounce our way. Thank you to our seven seniors for all of their hard work and effort over the last four seasons."
Cleroux made a total of 24 saves, while Belinskas earned a shut out with 37 bids.
Sophomore Sara Lehman (Lexington, MA) lead the Ephs with 7 goals for the season, followed by senior Gwen Schultz (Wallingford, CT) with 6. Sophomore Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) finished the season with 3 goals and 13 assists.