WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The #7 Oswego State Lakers (8-1-0) scored in every period in downing host Williams College (1-2), 7-2.
The Oswego State Lakers entered at 7-1 on the year and coming off a 3-2 win over #1 ranked Plattsburgh State, which reversed the Lakers only loss the day before to Plattsburgh 7-1.
In the opening three minutes the Ephs out shot the Oswego State Lakers 3-1 and then Eph defender Claire Mancheski was whistled for checking at 3:49 putting the Lakers on the power play. Williams limited Oswego State to just two shots in killing off the penalty.
Oswego State began to establish an offensive rhythm over the next five minutes when they out shot the Ephs 4-1 and almost netted a goal off of one of their line changes that freed up the puck in the Williams defensive end, but Eph goalie Christina Cleroux stopped the shot in close by Olivia Ellis at 10:38.
At 14:32 Oswego State's Madison Byrne stole an Eph pass near mid ice and carried to the blue line, where she passed right to a streaking Jacquelin White who ripped a shot over Cleroux's left shoulder into the net for the game's first score at 14:36.
Oswego State took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on the White goal. Williams out shot the Lakers in the opening 20 minutes 9-8, but Lakers' goalie Mariah Madrigal stopped all 9 Eph attempts. The Ephs' Christina Cleroux stopped 7 of 8 shots by Oswego State.
At 5:37 from the dot to the left of Cleroux a shot by Oswego's Alli Ullrich went just inside the right post and past the left pad of Cleroux to double the Lakers' lead to 2-0. Alyssa Brockman and Monica Cramer were credited with assists on the Ullrich score.
Laura Thacker was called for checking at 10:02 and the Ephs had their first power play opportunity. Williams mustered just two shots in the two-minute man advantage session and came up empty on both to keep the score 2-0 Oswego State.
At the end of two periods Oswego State led 2-0. In the second period Oswego had six shots, while Williams fired off 11.
At 1:34 of the third period Oswego State upped its lead to 3-0 when Olivia Ellis took a pass from Kate Randazzo and blasted a shot from 15 feet directly in front of Eph netminder Christina Cleroux, rifling it past Cleroux's glove and into the net. Ellis' score would prove to be the game-winning goal
The fourth Oswego State goal came at 4:47 when Alexa Aramburu skated onto a pass from Jacquelin White and came in on Cleroux alone. Cleroux stopped the first shot by Aramburu, but Aramburu was able to stuff home the rebound. Olivia Ellis was credited with an assist on the goal.
Oswego responded to the Eph tally by netting two goals in 31 seconds. Andrea Noss netted the Lakers' fifth goal of the contest at 9:06 assisted by Julieann White.
Alexa Aramburu scored her second goal of the night at 9:37 when she was set up for the goal by passes from Alyssa Brockman and Olivia Ellis.
At 13:06 the Lakers extended their lead to six, 7-1, when Olivia Ellis scored from in front on a feed from Kate Randazzo.
The final goal of the game came when Sara Lehman found Abby Brustad out to the left of Oswego State's Mariah Madrigal and Brustad was able to slot the puck between Madrigal's legs with 21 seconds remaining in the contest.
On the night both teams had 31 shots on goal and Oswego State's Mariah Madrigal turned aside 29 Eph attempts. The Ephs' Christina Cleroux stopped 17 of 21 shots in 44:47 and Marissa Anderson stopped seven of 10 shots in 15:13.
Eph head coach Meghan Gillis noted, "We played great in the first two periods but they capitalized on two chances. We had some good looks, but we did not score."
"In the third period we started out a little flat and they got the two quick goals and took control," added Gillis. "The highlight for us was Anna Fucillo's first college goal and then that line also scored again."
"Overall Oswego did a great job capitalizing on their chances" said Gillis. "Tomorrow we need to focus on playing our game and getting inside the house, capitalizing on our chances."
The Ephs and Lakers will meet again tomorrow afternoon in Lansing Chapman Rink at 3:00 p.m.