WATERVILLE, ME — The Williams College women's hockey team (8-5-0) defeated Colby College (5-7-3) 2-1 this afternoon. Tied 1-1 with 18 seconds to go in the third, junior Sara Lehman (Lexington, MA) scored the game winning goal, assisted by freshmen Annie Rush (Anchorage, AK) and Eliza Quigley (Marblehead, MA). With their win today, the Ephs went up in the rankings from 5th to 3rd in the NESCAC with a conference record of 5-3-0, while the Mules remained 6th with a conference record of 3-4-1.
The Mules maintained their momentum from last night's victory against the Ephs, going up 1-0, 38 seconds into the first frame. Junior captain Katie McLaughlin (Glenburn, ME) scored against sophomore goalie Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, NS), assisted by senior Kat Mackey (Columbia, MD) and sophomore Bella Papapetros (North Andover, MA).
However, Williams was quick to respond to the Colby goal, tying the game up 1-1 with a goal by freshman Abby Brustad (Mound, MN) at 5:31 in the first period. The play started off with senior Talia Simon (Carlisle, MA) taking a shot from the point. Senior Michaela Levine (Lititz, PA) tried to take the rebound and backhand it into the net, but senior goalie Angelica Crites (Middleboro, MA) sent the rebound to Brustad, who buried the puck for the goal.
It was Brustad's 3rd goal of the season, while Simon and Levine racked up their 4th assists.
Play went back and forth for the the remainder of the first, with the period ending on a Mules power play that continued into the second frame. The Ephs earned the penalty kill at the beginning of the period with strong defensive play.
The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 after the second period, with Cleroux making 5 saves and Crites making 6.
Play continued up and down the ice for the first half of the third period. Then at 11:55, Colby put pressure on the Ephs going on the power play. Entering the Williams zone with a 3 on 2, a Colby forward took a shot that Cleroux deflected. Another Colby player picked up the puck and tried to score through the backdoor. Cleroux stayed big in net however, stopping the play with a save to keep the game tied at 1-1.
The Ephs continue to lead the NESCAC with a 98% penalty kill after their two penalty kills today.
With only 18 seconds to go in the final period, Lehman scored the game winning goal to go up 2-1 against the Mules. Rush made a solid pass to Quigley, who carried the puck up the boards and took a shot from the point. Lehman caught the puck off the rebound to score the goal, making it her 4th goal of the season.
After Lehman's goal, Colby pulled their goalie in a last ditch effort to tie up the game, but they couldn't get past the Ephs.
"Colby played another good game today," reflected head coach Megan Gillis, "and our team worked hard to play a full 60 minutes of hockey working as a group, which showed with Lehman's goal late in the game."
Williams had a total of 22 shots while Colby had 21.
This coming Tuesday the Ephs play another away game against out-of-conference opponent Manhattanville College at 7pm.