Williamstown, MA-The Williams College Ephs (11-7-0, 7-5-0 NESCAC) fell to Amherst College (13-1-3, 9-1-2 NESCAC) 4-1. Coming from a tough loss yesterday against Amherst, the Williams College Ephs couldn't quite get the comeback game they were looking for. Eph goaltender, sophomore Christina Cleroux was back in net after falling ill during warmup last game.
"We had a lot of high quality scoring chances, getting rebounds out of the net," head coach Meghan Gillis said. "Their goalie (sophomore Sabrina Dobbins) did a good job deflecting our shots."
The first period ended scoreless as both teams hustled to keep the puck out of their respective zones. Both of the team's defense line were able to prevent the other team from setting up an offensive plays, forcing most offensive plays to come from sudden rushes out of the neutral zone.
Amherst finally broke the drought with an early second period goal. Amherst freshman Katelyn Pantera scored an unassisted goal 4:59 into the second.
Williams answered this goal, tying up the game 10:55 into the period when freshman Abby Brustad took the rebound off a shot from freshman Eliza Quigley and found the back of the net for her fourth goal wearing purple. Brustad was also assisted by senior Michaela Levine. This was the first Williams goal against Amherst in a couple days.
The third period started with an early Williams penalty, given to freshman Abby Brustad for body checking. Amherst capitalized on this opportunity and scored 1:28 into the third when sophomore Alex Toupal shot the puck into the top left corner from the right red dot.
Amherst extended their lead to 3-1 when Toupal scored again at 17:39. Toupal got the puck between Cleroux and the left red pipe; this was her second goal of the game.
The game ended at 4-1, Amherst, after Amherst senior Erin Martin scored on an empty net.
"This was a very close game against one of the top teams. I think we did a great job playing and staying the full 60 minutes with them," Gillis said.
The Williams College women's ice hockey team will return to the ice on February 5 against Trinity College here at Lansing-Chapman.