Sam Weinstein '12

Women's ice hockey at Williams began as a club sport in 1976-77 and became a varsity sport in 1993-94. Patch Mason was the first varsity coach for women's ice hockey.

Mason won three Little Three Titles from 1993-98. Amy Carlson was named the first full-time women's varsity coach in 1998–99. In the fall of 1999 the college named Joe Milan as the women's varsity coach.

In Milan's first year at the helm, 1999-2000, he guided the Ephs to the finals of the NESCAC Tournament and their first ever appearance in the national tournament where they finished fourth.

During the 2000-01 season, first-year forward Molly Wasserman became the first Eph women's ice hockey player to be named First Team All-America. In addition, Wasserman led the nation in scoring with 39 goals and 29 (69 points). Classmate Tori Scott also recorded 29 assists on the year to tie Wasserman for the Eph single season record. The Ephs were Little Three Champions, NESCAC finalists, and national semifinalists.

The 2001-02 season was marred by a season-ending injury to goalie Monelle Quevillon early on, but the Ephs did battle back to advance to the NESCAC finals for the second year in a row. The Ephs' 2-1 victory over Middlebury in the NESCAC semifinals was the Panthers' first loss ever in Kenyon Arena (85 games). The Ephs finished the 2001-02 season at 15-10-1.

The 2002-03 Ephs won their fourth consecutive Little Three title, advanced to the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament and garnered their first ever NCAA Tournament berth in compiling a record of 16-9-2. Molly Wasserman was named a Second Team All-America and Second Team All-NESCAC while first year Ellissa Popoff was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team.

 Christina Bravi '14

The 2003-04 Ephs extended their streak of postseason semifinal appearances to five as they posted a record of 15-10 under first year head coach Neil Sinclair. The Ephs also won their fifth consecutive Little Three title. Senior Molly Wasserman netted 26 goals and assisted on 21 to lead the Ephs and she earned All-America honors for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, the American College Hockey Coaches Association named Wasserman the National College Division Player of the Year.

Sophomore defender Ellissa Popoff earned First Team All-NESCAC honors and junior defender Wendy Stone was named to the NESCAC Second Team.

The Ephs won their sixth consecutive Little Three title and advanced to the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament, finishing with a 14-10-2 record.

Assistant coach Michelyne Pinard served as the interim head coach in 2005-06 and led the Ephs to a seventh straight Little Three title and a trip to the NESCAC semifinals. Rachel Barr earned Second Team All-NESCAC honors for the 14-11-1 Ephs.

Shannon Bryant was named head coach of the Ephs for the 2006-07 and her first season at Williams (8-13-4) the product of a small roster, three players studying away in the fall semester and injuries, but the Ephs did advance to the NESCAC Tournament. Bryant was named an assistant coach of the USA Under 22 Team for its annual summer three-game series with Canada in Lake Placid, NY in 2007.

After a number of coaching changes, current head coach Meghan Gillis took the reigns in the spring of 2011. In her first year behind the Eph bench, Gillis led the program to an overall record of 11-14, nearly tripling the win total of the past season.

'13-'14 NESCAC Champions

The Ephs would see their seasons end in the NESCAC Quarterfinals to rival Bowdoin two years in a row before toppling the opponent in the 2013-2014 confernece championship game. Jumping out to a quick lead less than one minute into the contest, the Ephs added three more goals before the final buzzer, capturing the first NESCAC championship title in program history.

The first place conference finish earned the team an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Despite striking first on the scoreboard in the national quarterfinal game, the Ephs would be overcome by the eventual 2014 national champion. 

At the end of the notable 2013-2014 season, senior Christina Bravi and first-year Hanna Beattie collected First Team All-American and First Team All-NESCAC honors. Additionally, Gillis received NESCAC Coach of the Year accolades in the company of her players being named NESCAC Player of the Year and NESCAC Rookie of the Year.

These Ephs would join former defenseman Sam Weinstein, who earned Second Team All-NESCAC recognition in 2011-12, becoming the first Eph player to earn all-conference honors since the 2008-09 season. At the end of her senior campaign in 2013, Weinstein collected the Second Team All-NESCAC honor again, having led the team as a defenseman in game-winning goals.