The Middlebury College women's hockey team improved to 8-1-1 in NESCAC play with a 5-0 win at Williams College. The ninth-ranked Panthers move to 10-3-1 overall, while Williams falls to 2-8, 2-6 in NESCAC play. The Panthers got on the board early, with Sara Ugalde notching Middlebury's first score of the night 4:13 into the game. Rachel Nguyen stopped the initial shot by junior Grace Waters, but Ugalde was able to send home the rebound.
With Middlebury holding a five-on-three advantage, Anna McNally put the Panthers up 2-0 with 3:45 remaining in the first period on a rebound
The Panthers notched their third tally of the game 5:54 into the middle frame. With help from sophomore Lauren Greer, senior captain Julia Ireland wristed home a loose puck on the right post to bring Middlebury's lead to 3-0. Middlebury tallied one more goal to give the Panthers a 4-0 lead after two periods. Waters carried the puck up the left wing on a two-on-one, then centered a pass to McNally, who redirected the puck for the goal with 2:23 to play in the middle frame.
Greer picked up a tally of her own for Middlebury with 3:14 remaining. Receiving a pass from sophomore Madison Styrbicki inside the left circle, Greer wristed a high gloveside shot just over the reach of an outstretched Nguyen for Middlebury's last goal, finalizing the 5-0 score. Nguyen racked up 49 saves in net for the Ephs, while her counterpart Bloom was credited with 13 stops for her fifth shutout of the season.