WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – A three-goal third period by the Ephs proved too much to overcome for the Mammoths, as the Amherst College women's hockey team fell to archrival Williams College, 4-0 Friday evening at Lansing Chapman Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 9-6-2 on the season and to 5-4-2 in league play, while Williams improves to 12-4-1 overall (7-4-0 NESCAC). The two sides return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 26 when Amherst hosts Williams at Orr Rink in the program's seventh annual Pink in the Rink game. Opening draw is set for 7:30 p.m.
Wasting no time getting on the board, the Ephs jumped out to a 1-0 lead 2:32 into the battle. Cycling the puck out of the left corner, Annie Rush connected with Meghan Halloran in the high slot who one-timed a slapper over the glove of the Amherst keeper.
Looking for the equalizer with the clock winding down in the second period, Kaitlin Hoang '21 nearly made it one all after a shot from the point by Mia DelRosso '21 skirted between the legs of the Ephs keeper after the initial save, however Hoang's attempt to put the puck home sailed through the crease and into the corner.
Doubling their advantage at the 6:13 mark in the third, Abby Brustad made it 2-0 as she curled out of the right corner and sent a quick low wrist shot from the bottom of the circle off the Amherst keeper and over the goal line.
Blocking a shot at the defensive blue line to earn a breakaway, Jamie McNamara '19 made a bid to cut the Ephs advantage in half with just over five minutes remaining in regulation, however her wrister aimed for the top left corner was met with a shoulder save.
Potting her second goal of the night, Halloran tallied an insurance score for Williams with an empty net strike at the 18:10 mark before Rush sent a shot into the nylon with one second remaining to lift the home team to a 4-0 victory.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (6-4-2) made 27 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Chloe Heiting (9-2-0) registered 16 stops for Williams in the win.
The Ephs owned a 31-16 edge in shots on frame and did not have a power play opportunity, while the Mammoths went 0-for-2 up a skater.