BOSTON, MASS. - A two-goal run in the second period proved to be the difference for the Williams College Ephs (4-3, 2-2 NESCAC), as they claimed the 13th Annual Codfish Bowl Championship over the Stevenson University Mustangs (4-3-2), 2-0.
For the second game in a row, senior goalie Marissa Anderson had a shutout, totaling 14 saves on 14 shots. Coach Meghan Gillis was excited for the senior, saying "It was really nice and impressive to see Marissa claim two shutouts. She hasn't played a lot recently due to injury and stepped in and made huge saves for us." Senior Annie Smyth-Hammond put together a strong performance for the opposing Mustangs, stopping 31 of the 33 shots that she faced. Volume was a strength of the Williams offense today, outshooting Stevenson by 19.
It was Elizabeth Welch '22 who opened the scoring for the Ephs at the 5:02 mark of the second period. After Smyth-Hammond made a great save on a back-handed attempt, Avery Dunn '21 sent the puck to Welch, who was able to score. This goal was Welch's second goal of the season.
Just minutes later, Brianna Hill '22 won a faceoff and scored right away to extend the Williams lead to two goals at the 7:47 mark. This was Hill's first goal of the season, upping her point total to 3 on the year.
Coach Gillis spoke highly of her team following the game. "We did a great job on the forecheck and played well on transition plays," said the coach in her ninth season with the team.
Despite it being scoreless in the first and third periods, there were plenty of scoring chances that were denied by the stellar play of both goaltenders. Meghan Halloran '21, who had 4 shots in the first period, had a fantastic dangle of the puck to a shot that was denied by the Stevenson goalie. At the 17:02 mark in the first period, a Kelly McCarthy '23 backhand shot was saved.
The third period also saw plenty of action. 9:37 into the period, Brianna Hill almost scored her second of the day, but rung post. Smyth-Hammond continued her fantastic game by making a save on first-year Maddie Tix in a 1v0 situation.
Elizabeth Welch was named Codfish Bowl MVP after her play this weekend, totaling 1 goal and showing great hustle across the ice.
Williams will resume play next weekend in a December 8th matchup at Elmira College. Stevenson will be playing host to Endicott College, with back-to-back showdowns on December 7th and 8th.