WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College women's hockey team (6-5-0) played a great game tonight, defeating NESCAC opponent Colby College (0-9-3) 4-1. Junior Alex Lovaas (Wayzata, MN) scored the game-winning goal at 6:32 in the second frame, assisted by junior Kearan Burke (Shrewsbury, MA). The Ephs now hold a record of 4-2-0 in the NESCAC, while the Mules hold a record of 0-5-1.
Williams started off the first period fired up to be playing a NESCAC rival, earning two penalty kills within the first 9 minutes of play; the first coming at 1:45 and the second at 6:41.
With just under 13 minutes left in the period, freshman goalie Marissa Anderson (East Falmouth, MA) made a great save to keep the game tied at 0-0. Screened by a Colby forward, Anderson managed to deflect a shot from the point to reset the play.
At 9:06 the Ephs went on the power play, pressuring the Mules with several shots. Quigley, and seniors Chelsey Stevenson (Tilbury, ONT) and Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) all rifled shots at Colby goalie Halley Fine'20 (Minneapolis, MN). The freshman stayed big in net however, helping her team earn a penalty kill.
With just under 4 minutes left in the first period, sophomore Olivia Stokes (Pittsburgh, PA) carried the puck up the ice into the Mules zone. She laid it over to sophomore Abby Brustad (Mound, MN), who took a backhanded shot from the slot. Fine stayed tough between the pipes, deflecting Brustad's shot into the corner.
Then at 18:02, senior captain Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) fired a shot from the slot, challenging Fine once more.
The Ephs went into the second period outshooting Colby 16 to 12, tied 0-0.
Williams took the lead in the second period, with a goal by senior Sara Lehman (Lexington, MA). Burke won the puck from a Colby player, and passed the puck to sophomore Annie Rush (Anchorage, AK). Rush then laid it over to Lehman, who fired a shot from the slot past Fine to make it 1-0 for the Ephs.
Williams solidified their lead at 6:32 with a goal by Lovaas, making it 2-0 for the Ephs. Burke won the face off in the Colby zone. She passed the puck to Lovaas, who cut the seam to score off a shot from the slot, while senior assistant captain Caitlin Buckley (Mahopac, NY) screened Fine.
Colby responded, scoring a power play goal at 8:42 in the second period to make it a one goal game. Assisted by senior Katie McLaughlin (Glenburn, ME) and sophomore Anna Rudinski (Morristown, NJ), senior Delaney Flynn scored after a scramble in front of Anderson's net.
Williams bounced back, with Burke scoring a goal 10 minutes later to make it 3-1. Buckley made a great pass to Burke, who beat Fine on her blocker side off a shot from the slot.
The Ephs went into the final period in command of the game, outshooting the Mules 31 to 20.
Williams played strong defense in the final period, earning back to back penalty kills at 4:27 and 6:57.
Williams controlled play for the remainder of the period. Lehman scored her second goal of the night at 16:47, giving the Ephs a 4-1 lead over the Mules. Sophomore Claire Mancheski (Minnetonka, MN) fired a slap shot from the point, that Fine rebounded into the slot. Lehman was waiting there, ready to one-time the puck into the net.
Williams kept the puck in the Mules zone for the last 3 minutes of play, finishing the game with a final score of 4-1.
"We played our systems well tonight. We forechecked well, which led to scoring chances and goals," commented Williams head coach Meghan Gillis, "It's always tough playing the same team again the following day, so tomorrow against Colby we will focus on playing even better."
For their Senior Day tomorrow, the Ephs will face off against the Mules at Lansing Chapman Rink. The puck drops at 3pm.