WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Senior Kara Sperry had a goal and assist Saturday and Margaret Draper made six stops in goal as the 19th ranked Williams College fied hockey defeated conference rival Connecticut College, 4-1, at Williamson Field.
Williams improved to 8-2 overall, 4-2 in the conference, while the Camels dropped to 1-8 overall and 1-6 in the NESCAC. Williams hosts Skidmore Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
The Ephs led 1-0 at half, but opened the second half by scoring three goals in the first 11 minutes and 37 seconds to build a four-goal advantage they would not relinqiush.
The Ephs kept the pressure up, scoring just 2:45 later when Sperry converted a pass from sophomore Alex Bennett for a 3-0 lead. Sperry wasn't done yet as only 2:16 later, she received a pass from Hannah Goodrick off a penalty corner, dealt it back to Goodrick, who fired a shot from the left side of the goal past the Camels' second keeper, Lauren Pianucci, for a 4-0 lead.
Katlyn Paiva was able to put the Camels in the scoring column just a minute after Goodrick's goal to account for the 4-1 final.
It was Connecticut College which had come out and set the pace early in the game, forcing the Ephs Draper to make the majority of her saves in the opening stanza. The Camels' Colby Vaillancourt had two great chances to score in the contest's first seven minutes, but each time Draper came up big. The second shot was off a penalty corner, but Draper was able to kick it out of harms way and to the left.
It was Katie Pattison who would give Williams a 1-0 lead when she batted a high pass from Kit Rosen out of the air and into the goal with 6:23 left before halftime.
The Camels actually finished the game with an 11-6 edge in shots and a 6-4 advantage in penalty corners.
Paiva has accounted for 12 goals and four assists in her first two seasons with the Camels.