Williams College 2, Connecticut College 1
DiPasquale Scores 11th Goal of Season for Camels
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (Williams College Sports Information)-- An early 2-goal lead proved enough for the Ephs to snap a six game losing streak, as they pulled ahead of Connecticut College 2-1 Friday night. The Ephs successfully killed off 6 penalties en route to the victory.
A pair of Williams goals in the first gave the Ephs a comfortable lead to start off the game. Netting the first tally for the Ephs was Eliza Foster (Chatham, Mass.), who put the Ephs on the board 1:23 into the game. Andree Heller (Toronto, Ontario) carried the puck down to the low right corner, sending a shot that Amy Leichliter (West Chester, Pa.) was able to deny. However, the puck squeezed behind Leichliter, and Foster was able to tip the puck over the goalline to give the Ephs a 1-0 edge.
The Ephs successfully killed off their only penalty of the frame, preserving their lead until Gabby Vukasin (Princeton, N.J.) was able to widen the margin.
A 5-on-3 opportunity led to the Ephs' capturing of a 2-0 lead late in the frame. Defensive duo Sarah Herr (Princeton, N.J.) and Sam Weinstein (Marblehead, Mass.) worked the puck back and forth across the blue line, before Weinstein sent the puck to Hannah Systrom(Winchester, Mass.) in the low corner. After Systrom wristed a shot on cage, which was denied by Leichliter, Vukasin was able to pick up the rebound and find the back of the net with 2:20 remaining in the opening period.
The middle frame began with penalties coming from both sides, giving both the Camels and the Ephs offensive looks. Neither team capitalized on their man-up advantages, and the first ten minutes resulted in much back and forth play, with Williams unable to hold onto their momentum generated in the previous period.
It was the Camels who managed to break the back and forth play, as they found an offensive rhythm midway through the second stanza. Ariel DiPasquale (Whitestone, N.Y.) brought the game within one as she found the back of the net at the 7:15 mark. After a succession of shots on goal, DiPasquale picked up a loose puck and tipped it past Williams netminder Chloe Billadeau (Chaska, Minn.). She was aided by teammates Andrea McRae (Stittsville, Ontario) and Sam Shuffenecker (Oswego, N.Y.).
Another Williams penalty that came with just over three minutes remaining in the frame allowed Connecticut College to keep the pressure on, but Billadeau turned away everything that came her way. Williams would hold onto their 2-1 lead headed into the second intermission.
Starting off the final frame with a penalty, the Eph penalty-kill unit successfully prevented the Camels from capitalizing on any of their three man-up opportunities in the period. A brief 4-on-4 turned into a solid powerplay for the Ephs, but Leichliter and the Camels defense were able to stay within a goal of Williams.
The Camels picked up the intensity in the waning moments of the game, and had several solid scoring chances. Connecticut coach Kristin Steele called a timeout with 1:23 remaining in the contest to try to galvanize the Camels attack. With a little over a minute left to play, Steele pulled Leichliter to give the Camels a 6-on-5 advantage. However, the Eph defense was able to clear the puck out of the zone, and the final buzzer sounded to give Williams their 10th win of the season.
Leichliter finished the evening with 20 stops, while Billadeau, again a stalwart between the pipes for the Ephs, recorded 16 saves for the night.
Now posting a record of 6-9 in conference games and 10-13-0 overall, the Ephs will look to end their regular season on a high note tomorrow afternoon. Again facing Connecticut College, Williams could be seeded as high as 5 or as low as 7 for the NESCAC tournament.
February 17, 2012