On Saturday, women’s hockey (15-10-3, 9-4-3 in the NESCAC) traveled to Plattsburgh, N.Y., to face off against No. 1 Plattsburgh St. in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Div. III Tournament. The Ephs kept the lead for the first 18 minutes of the game before the Cardinals scored four goals to win the game 4-1.
The starting six for the Ephs was: co-captain Cristina Bravi ’14, Hanna Beattie ’17, Michaela Levine ’16, Caitlin Conlon ’16, Emily Krueger ’17 and Charlie Billadeau ’15.
The Ephs came out on the offensive right from the drop of the puck, scoring their first goal just a minute into the first period. Chelsea Stevenson ’17 and Ashley Arnold ’17 got the puck to the net, allowing co-captain Gabby Vukasin ’14 to direct the rebound past Cardinal goaltender Sydney Aveson. The Ephs maintained their 1-0 lead for close to the entirety of the period before the Cardinals scored a goal with less than two minutes remaining. The period
ended with the game tied at 1-1.
Plattsburgh carried its offensive energy into the second period, scoring its second goal just 30 seconds after the drop of the puck. The Cardinals extended their lead by one more goal before the end of the second, adding a third goal midway through the period to put them up 3-1. Despite a few scoring opportunities, the Ephs did not get another goal past Aveson. The Cardinals solidified their lead with a final goal 30 seconds after the start of the third, defeating the Ephs 4-1.
“Saturday’s loss was tough to handle but I am really happy about how we played against a tough opponent,” Bravi
said. “I’m extremely proud of the season we had and how far this team has come.”
Saturday’s loss marks the end of an incredibly successful season for the women. It was only the second time in program history that they appeared
in the NCAA Div. III Tournament and the first time that the Ephs have ever won the NESCAC Championship. Bravi was named NESCAC Player of the Year and made First Team All-NESCAC. Beattie was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year and also received First Team All-NESCAC honors. Finally, to top off a great season for the Ephs, Head Coach Meghan Gillis was named NESCAC Coach of the Year.
With the end of the season, the Ephs graduate Bravi and Vukasin.