AMHERST, MA — The Williams College women's hockey team (11-6-0) fell to NESCAC rival Amherst College (12-1-3) tonight 5-0. A four-goal first period lifted Amherst past Williams, making Amherst's NESCAC record 8-1-2 while Williams' is 7-4-0. The Ephs will face off against Amherst again Saturday evening, this time at Lansing Chapman Rink.
The Ephs began the first period a little shaken when sophomore goalie Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, NS) unexpectedly fell ill during warm up. Junior Margaret Draper (Belmont, MA) stepped in between the pipes.
Amherst took the lead 37 seconds into the first frame with an unassisted goal by sophomore Alex Toupal (New Brighton, MN).
Then at 5:21, Amherst went up 2-0 when senior captain Erin Martin (Canton, MA) scored off a rebound, assisted by Toupal.
At 11:31, Amherst gained a 3 goal lead over the Ephs when freshman Jamie McNamara (Dedham, MA) forced a turnover in the Williams end and scored a top shelf goal on Draper.
With less than 3 minutes left in the first period, sophomore Kristen Molina (Albuquerque, NM) scored off a wrist shot when Draper was screened to give Amherst a 4-0 lead going into the second frame.
Both Williams and Amherst were scoreless throughout the second period. Though down 4-0, Williams went into the final frame outshooting Amherst 30 to 22.
Play went up and down the ice during the final period. With 4:32 remaining in the game, freshman Laura Schmidlein (Waltham, MA) scored an unassisted goal after a scramble in front of Draper's net.
Williams head coach Meghan Gillis commented, "we played much better in the second and third periods tonight, and we know we can play better tomorrow against Amherst."
Draper made a total of 24 saves tonight while sophomore Amherst goalie Sabrina Dobbins (Bedford, NH) earned a shut out making 34 saves.
The Ephs will face off against Amherst tomorrow night at Lansing Chapman Rink. The puck drops at 7pm.