WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The historic season compiled by the 2018-19 Williams College women's ice hockey team caught the attention of the head coaches of the NCAA DIII teams across the nation. Eph head coach Meghan Gillis finished runner-up for the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) DIII Coach of the Year award to Tom Palkowski at the University of St. Thomas (MN).
Palkowski led St. Thomas to a 25-3-2 record this winter and a third place finish in the NCAA Tournament.
Gillis led the Ephs to a record setting campaign for the Eph program. Her Ephs finished 21-5-3, which marks the most wins in a season by a Varsity women's ice hockey team at Williams.
Highlighting the 21 wins were a program first 3-game sweep of arch rival Amherst and a 3-game sweep of conference foe Middlebury along with the Ephs' first ever first place finish in the NESCAC regular season with a 10-4-2 record.
The 3-game sweeps of Amherst and Middlebury came on consecutive nights in the NESCAC semifinals and finals that the Ephs hosted in Lansing Chapman Rink. Williams fashioned a 3-1 win over Amherst in the semifinals and then notched a 3-2 win over Middlebury in the finals to claim the NESCAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Tournament also produced another program first as the Ephs, making their third NCAA tourney appearance, hosted a first round contest for the first time.
On March 6 the Ephs hosted defending NCAA champion Norwich in front of a large and large and boisterous crowd, many of them who went home happy, as the Ephs produced a 3-1 win (first ever in NCAA Tournament play).
The Ephs finished the season fifth in the nation after losing at eventual NCAA champion Plattsburgh State 5-3 in the NCAA Quarterfinals.