NESCAC Semifinal: No. 1 Williams 3, No. 5 Amherst 1

NESCAC Semifinal: No. 1 Williams 3, No. 5 Amherst 1

Courtesy of Williams Sports Information

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The top-seeded Williams College Ephs (19-4-3) earned a 3-1 victory over the Amherst Mammoths (13-11-2) in the NESCAC Semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Lansing Chapman Rink.

Brynn Puppe's slap shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net gave Williams a 1-0 lead 13:56 into the game. Captain Annie Rush was credited with the assist on the play.

The two goalies, Chloe Heiting for Williams and Caitlin Walker for Amherst, held the teams scoreless for the remainder of the first period.

Halfway through the second period, the Ephs received another power-play advantage after the Mammoths were called for hooking. Abby Brustad converted the polwer-play opportunity, scoring from the far right side of the net at 12:16. Puppe and Mia Carroll earned assists on the goal.

Amherst responded with its own power-play goal after a Williams penalty at 15:07. Amherst Angelina Wiater's hard slap shot got past Heiting to slice the Ephs' lead to one, 2-1. Jamie McNamara and Sarah Wagner were credited with the assists on the play. 

For the remainder of the second period an into the third, Walker was able to hold off Williams to keep the score at 2-1. At 12:30 into the third period Michaela O'Connor combined with teammates Amanda Reisman and Avery Dunn and flipped the puck up with a backhand over Walker's left shoulder to push the Ephs' lead to 3-1.

Despite pulling Walker for the extra skater, the Mammoths were unable to get the puck past Heiting.

Heiting finished the game with 27 saves for Williams, while Walker was credited with 23 stops in the Amherst net.