Ephs Land Four on All-NESCAC Teams; Meghan Halloran Player of the Year & Meghan Gillis Coach of the Year

Ephs Land Four on All-NESCAC Teams; Meghan Halloran Player of the Year & Meghan Gillis Coach of the Year

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – First place in the regular season in NESCAC has brought a slew of honors to the Williams College women's ice hockey team.

Sophomore forward Meghan Halloran was named the NESCAC Player of the Year and voted First Team honors, while classmate and defenseman Brynn Puppe also collected First Team honors.

Halloran, who was also an All-NESCAC First Team selection, is the leader in points (20), goals (10), and assists (10) in conference games. She also has eight power-play goals in NESCAC games and the Ephs are the top scoring team on the power play in league games. Halloran led the Ephs to the top seed in the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history.

Four of Halloran's goals this year have been game winners and two were short-handed tallies. She has 60 career points on 27 goals and 33 assists. "It is great to see Meghan honored for her performance this year," noted Eph head coach Meghan Gillis. "She stepped up for us in big games and was a consistent performer all year long. She always wants to get better and do what is best for the team."

Brynn Puppe earned her first conference honor this winter. Puppe leads the conference in power-play points and power-play goals (4-5-9) in 16 NESCAC games. She enters the NESCAC Semifinals with 12 points to rank among the defensive scoring leaders. Puppe has registered one game-winning goal this season. To date in her Eph career Puppe has accumulated 28 points on13 goals and 15 assists.

"The fact Brynn lead the league in power-play points, power-play goals and defenseman scoring shows the impact she had for us throughout this season," Gillis stated. 

Senior forward Annie Rush and first year goalie Chloe Heiting were accorded Second Team recognition. This season Rush has scored 11 goals and assisted on 11 more for 22 points. She also has recorded four game wining goals. Rush has 55 career points on 23 goals and 32 assists. "Annie has worked tirelessly to improve her game throughout her four years here," sad Gillis. "It is really nice to see the NESCAC coaches recognize her as a top six forward in the league." 

First year goalie Chloe Heiting has fashioned an impressive fist year in goal for the Ephs. In conference play Heiting has stopped 325 of 341 shots for a save percentage of .953 and she has notched four shutouts. Heiting has played 811:24 in goal in 13 conference games and has a 9-2-2 record.

"Chloe has been the backbone of our team defense," Gillis said. "Her composure and demeanor between the pipes in just her first year is very impressive." 

Williams head coach Meghan Gillis was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by her peers. It is the second time in her eight years at the helm of the Ephs she has been honored, also earning the award in 2014. Gillis guided Williams to the top seed in the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history and the Ephs are hosting the remaining rounds of the tournament for the second time overall.

Under Gillis this season the Ephs recorded the first regular season sweep of Middlebury in Varsity play and won their first game in Amherst since 2006.

"As everyone knows, this award is about how the team as a whole has pushed themselves to improve, and the work of the entire staff, assistant coach Jordan Lipson, athletic trainer Jillanna Simon, strength and conditioning coach Rob Livingstone, etc.," Gillis stated.  "Any time you are selected by your peers for an award it is humbling." 

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