WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Oswego State Lakers (9-1-0) edged the Williams College Ephs (1-3-0) 1-0 in an exciting contest this afternoon in the Ephs' Lansing Chapman Rink.
The afternoon tilt bore little resemblance to the game the two teams played last evening won by Oswego 7-2.
Today the game's lone goal did not come until over 36 minutes had been played. At 16:16 of the second period Oswego forward Jacquelin White hooked onto long forward passes by Madison Byrne and Kate Randazzo out of the Lakers' defensive zone.
Aramburu came over the blue line to Eph goalie Marissa Anderson's right ahead of the Eph defense. After Aramburu passed the circle on Anderson's right and about a stride before the goal line extended she fired a shot past Anderson into the far netting from a difficult angle, giving the Lakers a 1-0 lead.
Eph first year goalie Marissa Anderson was stellar in her first collegiate start turning aside 28 of 29 shots by the #7 team in the nation.
Oswego's Mariah Madrigal was also strong in net stopping all 31 Eph shots.
Though the game had but one goal there was plenty of action in all three periods.
An action filled first period ended with the game scoreless as both goalies held firm between the pipes. Oswego's Mariah Madrigal turned aside all 11 shots by Williams, while Marissa Anderson denied Oswego State on all 13 of their attempts.
From 3:45-4:01 Anderson was challenged in front with two quick shots by Eryn Stewart, both of which she denied and hard shot by Kate Randazzo.
Oswego's Olivia Ellis came in on Anderson from her right side and blistered a shot that Anderson was able to deflect wide into the corner at 8:33.
Shortly after Anderson stopped a Lakers' two on one bid by stymying Oliva Ellis' bid from close on the left side of the goal.
The Ephs' Eliza Quigley's uncontested bid at 17:11 from the dot to the right of Madrigal was caught by Madrigal, keeping the contest scoreless.
At 18:59 a blast from 12 yards out from Anderson's left by Oswego's Julieann White, who took a failed attempt by the Ephs to keep the puck in their offensive zone, hit the far post and was covered by Anderson.
18 seconds into the second period on a faceoff to the right of Anderson, Jacquelin White had an opening and fired a tester on Anderson who gloved it to keep the game scoreless.
Over the next two minutes Oswego State turned up the pressure and kept the puck in their offensive zone and drilled two shots on Anderson that she had to steer wide.
Just under five minutes in from in front of the Eph goal and six feet out, Alexa Aramburu tried to sweep a deflected puck past Anderson but the Ephs' rookie goal stopped it with her left blocker and covered it for a faceoff.
The first penalty of the game came at 7:34 when Eph defenseman Hannah Beattie was called for hooking.
The Eph penalty-killing unit allowed but two shots on goal and Anderson stopped both so the penalty expired with the Lakers unable to take advantage of the first man up opportunity of the contest.
At the 12-minute mark the Lakers' Jacquelin White deked the last Eph defender and came in on Anderson's left alone, where she tried to slide the puck past Anderson's left foot, but White was denied by Anderson.
A little over four minutes later Jacquelin White netted the game's lone goal.
The Ephs went on their first power play at 18:26 when the Lakers' Victoria Rankin was called for interference.
Ten seconds into the power play the Ephs' Alex Lovaas had a shot from 10 feet out to Madrigal's right and when she tried to lift it over Madrigal the Laker goalies was able to get her shoulder on the puck and cover it up to end the danger.
The second period ended with the Lakers up 1-0 on 10 saves by Mariah Madrigal, while the Ephs' Marissa Anderson stopped 10 of 11 shots by Oswego.
On the 26 seconds remaining on the Lakers' penalty to open the final period the Ephs got off one shot on Madrigal, but she was able to steer it wide and the power play was successfully killed off by Oswego State.
At 4:33 the Ephs' Chelsey Stevenson sent a pass from Madrigal's right side across the goalmouth towards a hard charging Emily Krueger, but Krueger was unable to get a stick on the puck and the puck carried to the far boards, where Oswego carried it out of harm's way
At 7:27 the Ephs' Eliza Quigley was called for checking and sent to the penalty box putting the Lakers on the power play.
Marissa Anderson kept the game at 1-0 at 8:56 when she got her leg down at the last second when a deflected shot by Alex Aramburu tried to sneak inside the right post.
Oswego was given a 5-3 opportunity for 12 seconds when the Ephs' Hannah Beattie was sent off for five minutes for hitting from behind at 10:44
With just over two minutes left on the Beattie penalty Alex Lovaas had a shot from just inside the blue line that was inches wide of tying the score.
The Ephs stood tall during the back-to-back penalties and held off the Lakers from extending their lead for seven consecutive minutes.
The Lakers' Olivia Ellis was called for holding at 15:32 giving the Ephs a man-up advantage to try and knot the score.
The Ephs' Kearan Burke tested Madrigal early from 15 yards out to the goalie's left, but Madrigal blocked the shot and covered it up for the faceoff.
Shortly thereafter the Ephs' Candace Lu sent a laser on goal from 20 yards out that bounced off Madrigal and was swept away by her defense before the Ephs could collect the rebound.
At 18:30 the Ephs Caitlin Buckley charged the net and lifted a backhander that Madrigal was able to get a piece of and keep out of the net.
Before the resulting faceoff the Ephs called timeout.
In the final 37 seconds the Ephs fired three testers at Madrigal from in close that Madrigal was somehow able to keep out of the net with a pad here and blocker there.
Williams turned up the offensive pressure over the final minute when they pulled goalie Marissa Anderson and though the action was furious in front of Madrigal she never lost her composure or focus and preserved the 1-0 win for the Lakers.
"I thought Marissa Anderson played great," said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis. "She did a fantastic job of sealing the net off with all of the deflections and tips in front of her and steering the puck to the corner. Her strength in goal is that she uses her size to take away space from shooters."
"I think we showed lots of good stuff today and if we can play with the intensity we played in the third period for 60 minutes it will help us take our game to the next level," added Gillis. "We killed off seven consecutive penalty minutes in the third period which was huge."
Oswego State will return to action next Friday Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m. when they host Canton in the first game of a weekend non-conference back-to-back series.