AMHERST >> Before the college hockey season started, Williams College men's coach Bill Kangas said the NESCAC title race was going to be a tight one. Friday night, Williams and Amherst showed how tight it would be.
Amherst's Jack Fitzgerald tied the game on a goal midway through the third period and not even overtime could decide a winner as the 13th-ranked Ephs and ninth-ranked Lord Jeffs battled to a 2-2 tie.
Williams (5-1-1, 4-0-1 in NESCAC) broke a tie when C.J. Shugart scored at 14:34 of the second period. Fitzgerald's tying goal came at 8:11 of the third.
Colby Cretella had a power-play goal for the Ephs in the first period.
Williams outshot Amherst 31-25, but the Lord Jeffs had the only shot in overtime. Noah Klag had 23 saves for the Ephs, while Dave Cunningham had 29 for Amherst (3-1-3, 2-0-2). That included 15 in the second period.
BARRETT IS MASCAC TOP ROOKIE
Former Mount Greylock standout Lucy Barrett of Williamstown is the reigning MASCAC rookie of the week.
The freshman guard at Westfield State averaged 13.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two wins last week for the Owls. She did it by playing 13.5 minutes per game.
Barrett netted a career-high 21 points as Westfield beat Lasell 91-80. She hit five 3-point hoops in the second half.
MCLA's Kayla Hotaling was named the conference's player of the week.
The Trailblazers went 3-0 and the junior forward from Ravena, N.Y., averaged 13.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3.7 blocks during the streak. She had a pair of double-doubles in that run.
MCLA men's player Khalil Paul, a senior from Troy, N.Y., scored 24 points, had 7 rebounds and 5 assists in MCLA's 85-75 loss at Wesleyan.
The Williams women, who finish the 2015 part of their schedule today at Wesleyan, is the No. 17 team in this week's D3hoops.com national Top 25.
Williams is one of four NESCAC teams in the Top 25. Thomas More (Ky.) is the No. 1 team in this week's rankings. Amherst is second, Tufts is No. 8 and Bowdoin comes in at No. 25.
A win by the Ephs would mark the third consecutive season Pat Manning's team would have made it through 2015 undefeated. The Ephs are 7-0.
In Williamstown, the Ephs shut out Trinity 53-0 in the first dual match of the season.
The Ephs, who finished third in last weekend's Southern Maine Invitational won seven bouts by pin.
Wrestling at 197 pounds, Williams' Anthony Brooks needed only 57 seconds to pin Trinity's Mason Sangillo.