NEW LONDON, Conn--The Connecticut College women's hockey scored three goals in the third period to pull away for a 4-2 triumph against Williams College Saturday night.
The Camels, ranked #10 in the region, set a program record with their 13th win. Connecticut College (13-10-1, 7-8-1) will be making its sixth consecutive appearance in the NESCAC Championship Tournament when they face-off against their first round opponent next Saturday.
Williams College will certainly be a dangerous first round opponent in the NESCAC Tournament. The visitors finish up the regular season slate at 9-14-1 with a 5-10-1 record in league play after splitting the two-game set with the Camels.
Junior forward Courtney Dumont (Yarmouth, Maine) scored goal #38 and 39 of her prolific playing career. Dumont now stands alone in the record book as the program's all-time leading goal scorer.
Seniors Sam Schoeneberger (Vernon, Conn.) and Samantha Schuffenecker (Oswego, N.Y.) both contributed with goals on senior Saturday. Junior Olivia Farrell (New York, N.Y.) had two assists. Sophomore Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) had 28 saves in the victory.
"Everybody is really playing confident right now," Sam Schoeneberger said after the win. "We all know what we can accomplish together."
Senior tri-captain Molly Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.) was pleased with her team's resilience, bouncing back after a close loss Friday.
"This is good to get back on track today," Murphy said. "We were calm and played with much more focus."
Williams College first year forward Michaela Levine (Lititz, Pa.) scored twice for the visiting Ephs. Chloe Billadeau (Chuska, Minn.) made 33 saves in the setback, finishing up the two game series with 69 stops for the visitors.
Williams scored a power play goal 2:59 into regulation to take hold of an early 1-0 lead. Levine put one in from the slot area. The puck had caught a deflection, caroming off of a Camel skater to Levine.
But with 5:06 remaining, the Camels evened things up at one. Caroline Corbett (Norwood, Mass.) was able to collect a puck in the corner and backhand it cross ice to Dumont, who stuffed in the 38th goal of her career.
Neither side could find the back of the net in the middle period. With 5:58 remaining, Levine made a nice bid for a goal, firing a shot from the right circle that was stopped by Fralick. Levine followed her own shot and was sitting on the doorstep with Fralick but could not control the moving puck for a second chance.
The Camels had their share of chances as well. With 5:05 to play, Ariel Dipasquale made a nice bid from her backhand that was saved by Billadeau. Samantha Shuffenecker (Oswego, N.Y.) had another scoring bid with eight seconds left but Billadeau was able to stop her shot from the right circle and the two teams headed to the locker room locked up in a 1-1 tied.
But the Camels took control in the third. Schoeneberger skated in on a 2-on-1 situation with Farrell and flicked one in from point-blank range to put the hosts on top for good. Just 2:19 later, the Camels were back on the scoreboard.