No. 5 Mammoths Fall to Top-Seeded Williams in NESCAC Semifinals

No. 5 Mammoths Fall to Top-Seeded Williams in NESCAC Semifinals

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Angelina Wiater '22 cut the Mammoths' deficit to one midway through the contest, however a balanced offensive attack by the Ephs proved too much to overcome as the fifth-seeded Amherst College women's hockey team fell to top-seed and national No. 7 Williams College, 3-1 Saturday afternoon in a NESCAC Semifinals battle at Lansing Chapman Rink.

With the loss, Amherst closes out the 2018-19 season with a 13-11-2 overall ledger, while Williams improves to 19-4-3 overall. Williams will play the winner of No. 3 Hamilton and No. 2 Middlebury in the NESCAC Finals tomorrow at 2 p.m. 

Striking at the 13:56 mark in the opening period, the Ephs claimed a 1-0 lead behind Brynn Puppe's sixth goal of the year. Annie Rush got the assist on the score, dishing the puck to Puppe at the top of the left circle who one-timed a slapper over the glove of the Amherst keeper.

On the power play following a Mammoths' hooking penalty in the second period, Abby Brustad made it 2-0 in favor of the home team as she slid a shot from the bottom of the right circle five-hole. Puppe and Mia Carroll were credited with the assists on the play. 

Responding in kind three minutes later, Amherst got on the board with 4:19 on the clock after the Ephs were called for tripping. Back-to-back highlight reel indirect passes off the boards by Jamie McNamara '19 and Sarah Wagner '19 set up the Mammoths goal, with McNamara finding Angelina Wiater '22 in the slot on a 2-v-1 for the one-time score into the bottom left corner. 

Williams regained a two-goal cushion at the 12:30 mark in the third stanza, as Michaela O'Connor corralled a pass from Amanda Reisman in the high slot, spun, and sent a backhander off a defender and into the nylon to pot the final dagger for the Ephs. 

The Mammoths pulled Caitlin Walker '22 in the final 2:13 to add an extra skater in a bid to get back into striking distance, however they were unable to get past Chloe Heiting as the Ephs clinched the 3-1 victory.

In between the pipes, Walker (9-7-2) registered 23 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Heiting (16-2-2) racked up 27 stops for Williams in the win. 

The Mammoths owned a 28-26 edge in shots on target and finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Ephs went 1-for-2 up a skater.