NCAA First Round: Williams 3, Norwich 1

NCAA First Round: Williams 3, Norwich 1

Courtesy of Williams Sports Information

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Brynn Puppe's slap shot at 5:39 of the third period gave Williams (21-4-3) a 2-1 lead over visiting Norwich and teammate Avery Dunn's power-play tally at 11:50 pushed the Ephs' lead to 3-1 as Williams claimed its first-ever NCAA Tournament win and eliminated the defending NCAA champions. In addition to earning its first NCAA Tournament victory, Williams pushed its win total to 21, a new program record.

Abby Brustad and Annie Rush assisted on the Puppe tally that provided Williams a lead it would not relinquish, while Amanda Reisman and Eliza Quigley earned assists on Dunn's goal. 

Williams started off slowly in the first period as Norwich outshot the Ephs 9-6. However, first-year goalie Chloe Heiting denied the Cadets a goal and Lambert kept Williams off the scoreboard as well.

Williams scored the first goal of the game 3:27 into the second period. Meghan Halloran received a pass from Reisman and fired a shot, which bounced off the crossbar and Brustad buried the puck off the rebound. The one goal Williams lead did not last long, however, as Norwich responded with its own goal a few minutes later. Norwich's Amanda Conway netted her Division III-leading 30th goal of the year for the Cadets on a power play at 7:09.  Maggie Conroy and Jessica Piracini assisted on the tying goal.

Heiting made one phenomenal save after another, the most important being an incredible sprawling kick save on a Norwich two-on-one in the second period where the Cadets outshot the Ephs 18-8.

The Ephs took the lead on Puppe's goal early in the third period and secured the lead when Reisman, after a pass from Eliza Quigley, centered the puck from behind the net to Dunn, who buried it to close out the scoring.

Heiting finished the game with 32  stops for Williams, while Norwich's Emily Lambert was credited with 22 saves for the Cadets.

The Ephs will face Plattsburgh State in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The Cardinals defeated Endicott, 3-2 in overtime to advance.