Williams Defeats Wesleyan 4-0

Brynn Puppe '21
Brynn Puppe '21

Williamstown, MA-- The Williams College Ephs (4-2-0, 2-2-0 NESCAC) took on the Wesleyan Cardinals (3-2-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) for the second game of the weekend this afternoon, this time taking down the Cardinals 4-0. The game was decided in a span of 3:42 in the first period when the Ephs Brynn Puppe made the visiting Cardinals pay for putting Williams on the power play. Puppe was assisted on her goal at 15:12 by Meghan Hallor and Annie rush. The second Eph tally of the first peirod was scored with both teams at even strength. Bri Laycok converted on a back-hander off of assists from Eliza Quigley and Gabi Montembeault.

In the first 20 minutes of play Williams was up 2-0 and out shot Wesleyan 20-2.

The Ephs started the second period with a cross-checking penalty to freshmen CC Wallin at 1:44 and a hooking penalty to freshmen Delaney Szlezyngier at 7:32, both of which the Ephs were able to successfully kill off. The Ephs then took many shots at the goal over the next few minutes but were held off by Smith.

At 14:18, Wesleyan's Grace Keogh was given a tripping penalty, during which senior captain Annie Rush was able to find the back of the net off a rebound fof a Puppe shot at 15:24.

The Ephs started the last period continuing with their offensive momentum but goalie Sam Smith was able to save shot after shot. At 10:54, Williams' Rush was given a tripping penalty, giving the Cardinals a power play opportunity but freshmen goalie Chloe Heiting and the Ephs were able to kill off the penalty.

At 15:04, Rush was able to deflect the puck in with assists from sophomore Meghan Halloran and senior Abby Brustad, solidifying Williams' lead at 4-0. The Ephs were given another power play opportunity starting at 16:02 when Gina Mangiafridda from Wesleyan was charged with an  elbowing penalty but the score remained at 4-0.

Heiting finished the afternoon denying all 9 of Wesleyan shots, getting her first career shutout with an excellent save in the third period extending her pad at the last moment. The Cardinals' Smith turned aside 46 of 50 Eph shots.

"We were able to capitalize on our chances when we got them today," said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis, "Ironically, I think we played better yesterday so we are looking to find the best from both games going forward against Castleton this week."

The Ephs host Casteton at 7 PM on Tuesday evening.