Williams' Last-Second Goal Lifts Jeffs Over Holy Cross, 1-0|
January 27, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Amherst College forward Danielle Williams (Needham, MA) tapped in a rebound of her own shot with 2.0 seconds remaining in regulation for the game's only goal, as the women's ice hockey team eked out a 1-0 win over the College of the Holy Cross in a Saturday night thriller in Orr Rink.
|Danielle Williams put back her|
own miss with 2.0 seconds
remaining for the only
goal in the Amherst win
Williams' goal capped a back-and-forth contest, with a majority of play taking place inside the blue line. Both teams had numerous opportunities to score in all three periods, but the game's two goaltenders, Amherst sophomore Heidi Alexander (Edina, MN) and Crusader second-year Jennelle DiSanto (North Reading, MA) were dominant throughout.
DiSanto stopped all 14 shots she faced from Amherst in the opening period, as the Jeffs outshot Holy Cross 14-4 in the first 20 minutes. The best chance of the period, however, came from the Crusaders, when a rocket from the point from Holy Cross first-year Alison Hogan (Belmont, MA) slammed off the left post. The shot skidded across the goalmouth, before Williams cleared the puck.
From there, the game turned into a battle of goaltenders, as Alexander and DiSanto came up with big saves time and again. The pair combined to stop all 16 shots they faced in the second period, and, after the two goalies stopped the first 18 shots of the third period, the game seemed destined for overtime.
The Jeffs, who lost a game earlier in the season on a goal at the 19:59-mark of the third, had other ideas. After first-year Elissa Landes (Potomac, MD) intercepted a Holy Cross pass deep in the Amherst end with less than 10 seconds remaining, she sent the puck ahead to junior Co-captain Hilary Zwerdling (Shrewsbury, MA), who found Williams just inside the red line. Williams took off, getting in-between Crusader defender Caitlin Andrew (South Burlington, VT) and DiSanto, and fired a left-handed rocket from point-blank range that DiSanto made a miraculous stop on. The deflection, however, died inside the crease, where Williams' second-effort knocked the puck into the back of the net with just 2.0 seconds remaining.
Amherst won the ensuing face-off, and just like that, what had been a scoreless game for 59:58 turned into a 1-0 Amherst victory.
With the goal, her team-leading 17th of the season, Williams moved back into a tie for third in the league in goals and overall scoring, with 29 points on the season. Alexander, who stopped all 23 Holy Cross shots she faced, picked up the second shutout of her career in one of her more impressive showing, and Amherst picked up a badly-needed conference win with a tough string of league games upcoming. The win also marked the first time the Jeffs (5-10, 4-8 ECAC) have strung together back-to-back victories all season, combined with their 6-2 win over Trinity College on Wednesday night.
The Jeffs won't have long to celebrate the triumph, with the arch-rival Ephs of Williams College coming to town on Sunday afternoon for a 3:00 p.m. face-off. Williams, 12-2 overall (and 10-2 in the league), has won 12 of its last 13 games, including a 7-0 win over Trinity College earlier this afternoon. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 3-10-1, 2-9-1 in league contests, and is off until next Wednesday, when they travel to Trinity.