NEW LONDON, CT — The Williams College women's hockey team (8-8-0, NESCAC 6-4-0) lost to NESCAC opponent Connecticut College (10-4-2, NESCAC 7-3-0) 4-1 tonight. Junior Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, MA) scored the game-winning goal at 9:10 in the second period. The Ephs will face off against out-of-conference opponent Salve Regina on January 24th at 7pm
The Camels came out on fire this afternoon, scoring 11 seconds into the first period against freshman goalie Marissa Anderson (East Falmouth, MA) to go up 1-0. Senior Cassie Hunter (Gilford, NH) scored, assisted by freshman Kyla Floresca (West Memphis, AK) and sophomore Paige Michel (Essex, CT).
Play went back and forth for the rest of the first period, with Williams making 6 shots on goal and Connecticut making 7.
The Camels increased their lead to 2-0 with a short-handed goal at 9:10 in the second frame. Paiva scored, assisted by junior Kate Kohl (Chelmsford, MA) and Floresca, who earned her second assist of the night.
Williams played strong defense throughout the second period, earning a penalty kill at 6:51. Then after the Camels' second goal of the game, the Ephs earned back to back penalty kills.
Williams went toe-to-toe with the Camels during the third period, making 17 shots on goal. However Connecticut continued their strong offensive play, scoring at 12:13 to make it 3-0. Coming off her game-winning goal last night, senior Stephanie Izzi (Salley, SC) scored, assisted by sophomores Jordan Cross (Saugus, MA) and Olivia Good (Woodbury, CT).
With a minute and a half left in the final frame, the Ephs pulled Anderson to gain a one-man advantage. Howeverm the Camels gained control of the puck and scored an empty net goal at 18:44.
The Ephs responded twenty seconds later, with sophomore Abby Brustad (Mound, MN) getting the puck past senior goalie Katherine Chester (Mendham, NJ). Scoring her fourth goal of the season, Brustad was assisted by sophomore Annie Rush (Anchorage, AK) and senior assistant captain Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ)
"Playing against Salve Regina on Tuesday we will focus on getting back to playing Williams hockey," commented head coach Meghan Gillis.