Piacenza '21 nets 14th career goal in women's hockey NESCAC loss

Kate Piacenza ’21 (Josh McKee photo)
Kate Piacenza ’21 (Josh McKee photo)

Williams College took an early lead the Ephs never relinquished as they posted a 3-1 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals on Saturday afternoon at Williams' Lansing Chapman Rink.

Williams (2-2-0, 2-2 NESCAC) held a one-goal lead after the first period of play. Delaney Szlezyngier circled around the back of Hamilton's net, sent a shot towards the goal and the puck deflected past Sammy Johnson '20 (17 saves).

Hamilton's (1-3-0, 1-3) Kate Piacenza '21 knotted the score 6:26 into the second. Jess Haviland '21 skated the puck across the top of Hamilton's offensive zone and passed to Kelli Mackey '20 along the right side of the boards. Mackey threaded the needle with a pass that slid through traffic and found Piacenza at the back post for a quick redirect inside the left post.

Just over two minutes later, Brynn Puppe returned the lead to Williams with a power play goal when she snapped a screened shot from the left point, and Michaela O'Connor added an insurance goal with 29 seconds left in the second stanza.

Johnson headed to the bench with 1:01 left in the contest to gain an extra attacker, and Hamilton quickly gained a two-woman advantage when Williams' Mia Carroll sat in the penalty box for cross checking at 19:04. The Continentals kept the pressure on and tallied four shots on goal but Chloe Heiting (37 saves) denied every attempt.

Hamilton returns home for its first game of the season at Russell Sage Rink on Tuesday, Nov. 26 against non-conference opponent Morrisville State at 1 p.m.