10th Ranked Castleton State Downs Williams 2-0

Natalie Bernstein '16
Natalie Bernstein '16

CASTLETON, VT -- The 10th-ranked (USCHO.com) Castleton Spartans (8-1-1) had played nine games before hosting the Ephs this afternoon and the Spartans collected a 2-0 win, despite being out shot by the Ephs (2-2-0) 46-17.

The Ephs were playing for just the fourth time this season as NESCAC rules do not allow NESCAC winter teams to begin practice until November 1.

Williams entered today's tilt and first road game off a 5-0 win over previously undefeated Buffalo State at home yesterday.

In Castleton Williams faced their second consecutive opponent that had played at least five more games than the Ephs.

Castleton netted the only goal they would need on the day late in the first period when Brianna Keats scored off of rebounds of shots from Aimee Briand and Anna Daniels at 19:36. Keats was left alone on the back door and slotted home a rebound.

"We played well offensively, but had some defensive lapses that led to their goals," noted Eph head coach Meghan Gillis.

Castleton goalie Jess Cameron turned aside all 15 shots by the Ephs in the opening 20 minutes of play and Eph goalie Christina Cleroux saved six of seven shots by the Spartans as Castleton went into the first intermission up 1-0.

"We had a lot of good chances on the power play but their goalie played extremely well and made some point blank saves," stated Gillis.

The Spartans notched an insurance goal at 2:36 of the second period to up their lead to 2-0 when Lisa Kilroy scored with Hannah Wright and Rachel Bombardier getting credit for assists. On the Kilroy goal that came off of a scrum in front of the net Eph goalie Cleroux had lost her stick in all of the action in front of her net.

Cameron was again a brick wall in the second period this time denying all 17 Eph shots as Castleton took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.

The third period was scoreless but again the Ephs out shot the Spartans by a wide margin, 14-3. However, Cameron was up to the task all stopping all 46 Eph shots to record the shutout.

Eph netminder Christina Cleroux made 15 saves and allowed two goals on the day.

Next up for the Ephs is a weekend road trip to Wesleyan where they will play the Cardinals at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and then again at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.