WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College women's hockey team (10-10-2) lost to out-of-conference opponent Saint Anselm (17-2-3) 2-1 tonight. Junior Jackie Guy (St. Louis, MO) scored the game-winning goal at 17:34 in the final period. The Ephs will face off against NESCAC opponent Middlebury next Friday at 7pm.
Saint Anselm came out strong in the first period, outshooting the Ephs 17 to 3.
Williams goalie Christina Cleroux'18 (New Glascow, NS) made a key butterfly save 5 minutes into the period, covering the puck after a low wrist shot.
At 12:44, the Hawks took the lead 1-0 with a goal by sophomore Maura Kieft (Littleton, CO). After a scramble in front of the Williams net, Kieft jumped on the loose puck to score off a slap shot. She was assisted by seniors Meaghan Spurling (Byfield,MA) and Martha Findley (Duxbury, MA).
Williams then went on the power play with two minutes left in the first period, but couldn't capitalize on the one-man advantage.
Both teams played physical hockey throughout the second period. Williams racked up three penalties, while Saint Anselm received five, including a ten minute misconduct for the second half of the period.
At 5:28, the Ephs tied up the score 1-1 with a goal by senior Chelsey Stevenson (Tilbury, ONT). Stevenson scored her fifth goal of the season off a pass by fellow senior Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ). Krueger went on the forecheck, and won the puck from a Saint Anselm defenseman. She passed the puck from behind the net out to Stevenson, who was waiting in the slot to fire it home. She beat senior goalie Hannah Synnott (Montclair, NJ) on her blocker side.
Play went up and down the ice for the rest of the period after Stevenson's goal, so the Ephs went into the final frame tied 1-1.
Early on in the third period both teams received penalties, opening up the ice for four-on-four hockey.
Saint Anselm put strong offensive pressure on the Ephs, outshooting them 14 to 4. With two and a half minutes left in the game, Guy scored an unassisted goal to give the Hawks the lead. She scored off a slap shot on Cleroux's glove side.
With fifty seconds left in the game, the Ephs pulled Cleroux to gain a one-man advantage. However Saint Anselm played strong defense to finish the game up 2-1.
"I thought Saint Anselm competed hard and skated well in all three zones, which forced us to play at a higher speed," commented Williams head coach Meghan Gillis, "This was a great test against a 17-2-3 team to prepare us to play Middlebury next weekend. It allowed us to see where we need to improve our game this week at practice."
The Ephs are 7-6-2 in their conference, and will face off against NESCAC rival Middlebury College this coming Friday at 7pm.