Williams defeats Manhattanville 2-1

Ephs celebrate a win
Ephs celebrate a win

RYE, NY — The Williams College women's hockey team (9-5-0) downed Manhattanville College (5-9-0) tonight 2-1. Coming back from a 1-0 deficit, sophomore Alex Lovaas (Wayzata, MN) scored at 1:52 in the third period to tie up the game. Then at 10:38, sophomore Kearan Burke (Shrewsbury, MA) lead the Ephs to victory by scoring the game winning goal. With their win tonight, the Ephs maintain their number 3 ranking in the NESCAC.

Both goalies were tested early on in the first period. Junior Williams goalie Margaret Draper (Belmont, MA) made a nice kick save 2 minutes in, deflecting the rebound into the lefthand corner.

Williams had several good looks on net when the Manhattanville Valiants received a penalty at 5:07. However the Valiants played good defense, clearing the puck several times from their end to keep Williams at bay.

Play went up and down the ice until Manhattanville went on two consecutive penalties, the first at 9:35 and the second at 12:51. The Ephs were able to kill the first penalty, but freshman Jordan Roetzer (Buffalo, NY) scored on Draper during the Valiants' second power play. Roetzer scored her 4th goal of the season, while sophomore Kristi Peters (Newport Beach, CA) earned her 2nd assist, ands sophomore Melissa Stys (Pequannock, NJ) earned her 3rd assist of the season.

The Ephs continued to fight hard after the Valiants goal, with junior Chelsey Stevenson (Tilbury, ONT) making a nice play, carrying the puck up the board from the neutral zone to take a top shelf shot on freshman goalie Rose Pijaca (Worcester, MA). However Pijaca stayed tough between the pipes, making a glove save off Stevenson's shot.

At 15:23 Williams went on the power play, but was unable to get the puck past Pijaca, who made a total of 17 saves for the period. 

Though the Ephs outshot Manhattanville 12 to 4 in the second frame, the score remained 1-0 for the Valiants. At the very end of the period Williams received a penalty that carried over into the third frame.

Williams gained momentum after their penalty kill at the beginning of the final period, and at 1:52 Lovaas scored to tie up the game, assisted by Senior Michaela Levine (Lititz, PA). Levine continues to lead the Ephs in points earning her 5th assist tonight, while Lovaas is in second scoring her 3rd goal of the season.

 7 minutes into the frame, Draper came up with a big save, deflecting senior Kyra Herbert's (Plainfield, NH) shot from the point into her righthand corner.

At 10:38, Burke scored to give the Ephs a 2-1 lead over the Valiants. Freshman Annie Rush (Anchorage, AK) forced a turnover in the neutral zone, and took a shot that Pijaca deflected. There was a scramble in front of the net, and Burke buried the puck for her second goal of the season.

The Ephs maintained control of the puck for the remainder of the period. Putting offensive pressure on the Valiants, Williams outshot them 17 to 5 in the third period, and 46 to 20 overall.

"Going into the third period, we focused on playing as a group and getting picks," commented Williams head coach Meghan Gillis, "we got players closer to the net, and were successful because of it. We have a tough challenge ahead of us with Connecticut College, and we hope to build off the momentum of the come back win tonight."

The Ephs will return home this weekend, facing off against conference opponent Connecticut College Friday night at Lansing Chapman Rink. The puck drops at 7pm.