NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) factored into four goals as the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team earned a resounding 7-0 victory over William Smith on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena. The Camels completed a weekend sweep of the Herons by outscoring their opponent, 12-0, over six periods of play.
For the second straight day, Connecticut College came racing out of the gates and fired away at Heron goalie Olivia Williams. After five initial attempts were unsuccessful, the Camels got the first puck past Williams at the 5:13 mark when sophomore Catherine Lawrence (Guilford, Conn.) unleashed a shot from behind the right faceoff dot that was redirected in by senior Sammi Estes (Millis, Mass.). The hosts gained several more chances to add to their lead before the first intermission, which included a shot by senior Lauren Helm (Frisco, Texas) that rang off the pipe, and ended the frame with a 1-0 advantage.
The floodgates completely opened in the second period, as the Camels scored five times in the 20-minute segment against two different goalies who had no answer against the prolific offense. Sophomore Natalie Witkowski (Cheshire, Conn.) sparked the run by finishing a cross ice pass from Dillon at the 1:28 mark, and Estes buried her second goal of the game just over a minute later. Freshman Melanie Conca (Nutley, N.J.) then scored twice, and Dillon redirected a hard shot from the right point off the stick of sophomore Kaaren Liston (Houghton, Mich.) to push the hosts ahead by six goals through 40 minutes of action.
The Camels did not let up in the third and tallied a shorthanded goal in the opening minutes. After the Herons won a faceoff, Dillon stole the puck away and went in all alone to make it 7-0 with more than 15 minutes still left to play. Freshman goalie Abby Wieczorek (Winnetka, Ill.), meanwhile, continued to play strong in a relief effort by making 14 saves to preserve the shutout.
Sophomore Carly Denora (Verona, N.J.) was credited with the victory by making four saves during the first half of the game for Connecticut College. Williams, who turned away 19 shots, was charged with the loss for William Smith (7-4).
Connecticut College (6-3), which ended the semester on a six-game winning streak, will take a break from action for final exams as well as the holidays and return to the ice when it hosts Salem State on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m.