Williamstown, MA– Hamilton College Continentals (1-1/1-1 NESCAC) defeated the Williams College Ephs (1-1/1-1 NESCAC) 1-0. Hamilton junior Megan Ahern scored the only and winning goal of the tight matchup late in the third period.
The Ephs started the game strong, dominating on the attack and putting continual pressure on Hamilton keeper, sophomore Samantha Walther. The Ephs killed three penalty kills and carried sophomore Kearan Burke's slashing offense over to the second period. The period played evenly with the score set at a 0-0 tie.
The Ephs kept pushing the first half of the second period, giving themselves plenty of opportunities in front of the opposing net but none of shots got through the Hamilton defensemen. The Continentals broke through a couple times but the Williams wall and tender were equally as resistant.
With the second goalless period coming an end, the Ephs pulled sophomore goalie Christina Cleroux to add extra pressure. But shortly after, Hamilton's sophomore Madeline Carras went into the box for tripping presenting an opportunity for the Ephs but the score still remained 0-0 at the close of the second.
The third period started off just as close as the first two with both teams going back and forth with the puck. After both teams fought tirelessly, Hamilton finally managed to push one through the Ephs at 14:30 by junior Megan Ahern, assisted by sophomore Mairead Carey.
Vying for their first goal of the game, Williams pulled the sophomore Christina Cleroux for the second time this game to give the Ephs the extra man advantage. In the last minute of play, the Continentals iced the puck to give the Ephs time for one more orchestrated play after Williams called their first time out of the game. In the last 15 seconds of the game, the puck went straight to the corner after the face off, not giving the Ephs the time they needed to tie up the game.
"The difference for us was that we took four penalties in the first period, which got us in a position where we were expending a lot more energy than we needed to and that caught up with us in the end," Gillis said."
Sophomore goaltender Christina Cleroux played well, only letting in two goals in two games in the Ephs opening weekend of play.
The next game for the Williams women's hockey team will be a non-conference match and will be on Saturday November 28 at 1pm here in Lansing Chapman Rink against Buffalo State.