WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College women's hockey team (6-3-0) played an impressive game tonight, defeating NESCAC opponent Bowdoin (3-5-0) 7-1 at Lansing Chapman Rink. Senior Michaela Levine'16 (Lititz, PA) scored the game winning goal at 16:10 in the first period. Williams is now 4-1-0 for conference play, while Bowdoin is 1-2-0.
The Ephs came out on fire in the first period, with junior Chelsey Stevenson (Tilbury, ONT) scoring a short-handed goal within the first 6 minutes of play. Stevenson blocked a shot taken from the point, and carried the rebound on a breakaway down the ice to score a top shelf goal on junior goalie Laura Crofton's (Milton, MA) glove side.
Williams defense, lead by co-captain Hanna Beattie '17 (Whitehouse Station, NJ), killed the power play without giving Bowdoin a single shot on net.
The Ephs continued to work hard for the remainder of the period, digging out pucks from the corners to stay in Bowdoin's end. With five minutes left in the period, freshmen Eliza Quigley (Marblehead, MA) and Anna Fucillo (Winthrop, MA), worked together to clear the puck from the Williams zone. Quigley passed the puck to Fucillo up the boards, who carried the puck into Bowdoin's zone. Fucillo took a shot that Crofton deflected into the left corner, where the puck was picked up by Michaela Levine '16 (Lititz, PA). Levine carried the puck around the net, and proceeded to score off a shot low on Crofton's blocker side at 16:10, giving the Ephs a 2-0 lead. Levine leads the Ephs with a total of 10 points on 6 goals and 4 assists this season.
Williams kept the pressure on Bowdoin at the beginning of the second period, after outshooting the Polar Bears 12 to 1 in the first. Freshman Abby Brustad (Mound, MN) gave the Ephs a 3-0 lead 7 minutes into the period, scoring her first collegiate level goal. Junior Caitlin Buckley (Mahopac, NY) beat out the Bowdoin defense to take a shot which Crofton rebounded into the right corner. Brustad won the puck, and skated behind the net to score an unassisted wrap around goal.
Williams remained relentless for the rest of the period, keeping the puck in Bowdoin's zone. Junior Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) capitalized on a Bowdoin penalty, scoring 25 seconds into the Williams power play at 11:24. Krueger scored unassisted after a scramble in front of the Bowdoin net, making it her 4th goal of the season.
Three minutes later, Williams went on the power play again. With another scramble in front of the Bowdoin net, Beattie got the puck to Stevenson, who fired it home for her second goal of the night at 16:03.
A minute and a half later, sophomore Kearan Burke (Shewsbury, MA) fired a shot that hit the Bowdoin post and rebounded in front of the net, which sophomore Alex Lovaas (Wayzata, MN) picked up to score her first goal of the season.
Williams kept the pressure on Bowdoin right after Lovaas' goal, with Krueger scoring her second goal of the night at 17:45, assisted by Stevenson and Beattie after a scramble in front of the net.
The Ephs finished off the second period strong, with sophomore goalie Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, NS) making a nice kick save with a minute left in the period.
Though down 7-0, Bowdoin fought back in the third period, putting pressure on the Ephs during a power play at 3:20. 40 seconds into the power play, Williams defense did a great job clearing the puck, when Cleroux sent a rebound past the blue line to her defenders.
The Polar Bears got on the scoreboard at 9:32 with a goal by freshman Miranda Bell (Plano, TX), beating Cleroux while she was sliding from left to right across the crease. However the Ephs held off Bowdoin for the rest of the game, winning 7-1.
"We had to play a fast-paced game against Elmira last Saturday, and our team did a great job maintaining their speed tonight against Bowdoin," said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis, "it was a great group effort tonight, and we didn't let up when Bowdoin pushed back in the third. We're looking forward to a good game tomorrow."
The Ephs outshot the Polar Bears 33 to 18 tonight.
Williams plays the Polar Bears again tomorrow at Lansing Chapman Rink. The puck drops at 3pm.