Williamstown, Mass. - The Trinity College women's hockey team fell to the Williams College Ephs, 2-1, on Friday night at Lansing Chapman Rink on Williams' campus in Western Mass. The Bantams fall to 5-14 on the year and 1-10 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while the Ephs improve to 10-6-5 overall and 4-5-4 in conference action. Both teams return to the ice tomorrow for the regular season series finale, scheduled for 3 p.m.
Both sides started slow, combining for just 15 shots in the opening period. Trinity senior goalie Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) kept the Bantams in it as 12 of the 15 total shots came from Williams. Belinskas turned all 12 shots she faced in the first period aside as both teams entered the first intermission locked in a scoreless battle.
The Ephs controlled the pace once again in the second period, tallying 11 shots on net to just three by the Bantams. Belinskas once again held strong to keep the hosts off the board for the time being. Williams' best scoring chance came on the power play with just 27 seconds remaining in the period. Annie Rush (Anchorage, Ak.) sent a slapshot destined for the back of the net but Belinskas managed to get her glove in front of it just in time to deflect it into the corner and out of harm's way.
Williams finally broke the tie at the 9:34 mark in the third period when Meghan Halloran (Darien, Conn.) poked a loose puck in front of the net, past Belinskas, off an initial shot by Abby Brustad (Mound, Minn.). Down 1-0 with a minute to go, Trinity pulled Belinskas from goal to gain an extra attacker. Despite the extra skater, Rush controlled a loose puck and got it to Brustad who dumped in an empty-netter to ice the game. The Bantams got one back with 15 seconds remaining when sophomore Lauren MacMaster (St. Albert, Alberta) scored her first goal of the season off a faceoff in the Eph zone, but it was too little, too late as Williams held on for the 2-1 victory.