BOSTON, MASS. - A fast start for Williams (3-3-0, 2-2-0 NESCAC), led by reigning NESCAC Player of the Year Meghan Halloran '21, allowed the Ephs to take down UMass Boston (3-5-1) in the opening round of the 13thAnnual Codfish Bowl Tournament, 5-0.
The scoring opened with first-year Paige Galle knocking in her first collegiate goal during an early power play at the 8:49 mark in the first period. The goal was a result of a great assist by junior forward Michaela O'Connor. Just seconds later, a face-off in the offensive zone resulted in a Meghan Halloran slap shot goal, beating UMass's Caty Flagg to her blocker side. Both Maddie Tix '23 and Amanda Reisman '20 were credited with assists on the goal.
At the 11:56 mark in the same period, Reisman scored on an open wrist shot to extend the Williams lead to three, resulting in a 3-goal charge in just a 3:07 span. Halloran had the assist on the goal. Eph head coach Meghan Gillis stated that showing up ready to play was an area of emphasis for this Ephs team, as the first period would set the tone for the rest of the game. Clearly, the team listened to their coach in this one.
The second period was a defensive battle, with UMass goalie Caty Flagg stopping every shot she faced in the period. She ended the game with a standout 41-save performance, despite the 5 goals against. Addie Budington '23 put together a quality game on defense for the Beacons as well. In goal for the Ephs, senior goaltender Marissa Anderson stopped all 15 shots she faced, giving Williams their first shutout of the season. Coach Gillis was extremely happy with her goalie's play today and was happy that she made such an impact in her first start of the year.
Completely flipping the script from the second period, the third opened with fast offense. Because of a penalty late in the second period, the Ephs began this period with 30 seconds of extra-woman hockey. After junior Katie Leffler won the faceoff for the Beacons, Williams responded with two quick shots once they won the puck back. The second of these shots was a slapshot goal by junior defender Brynn Puppe, assisted by Mia Carroll '20.
At the 6:21 mark of the third period, Delaney Szlezyngier '22 walked in and scored a wrist shot for the insurance goal to make it a 5-goal Williams lead. Her fourth goal of the season was assisted by Brianna Hill '22 and Avery Dunn '21.
Williams will play for the championship of the Codfish Bowl Tournament on Sunday, December 1st at 3:00 PM. They will face Stevenson University, who defeated Bowdoin in a shootout in the other semifinal game. UMass Boston will take on Bowdoin College in the consolation game at 12:00.