Meghan Halloran’s final season as a member of the Williams women’s hockey team has started off pretty well.
The Darien, Connecticut senior forward scored her 100th career point last weekend and her performance helped her win the title of co-player of the week at NESCAC.
Halloran scored two goals and one assist in Friday’s 3-2 win over Trinity, the game in which she amassed more than 100 career points.
She was joined as Co-Player of the Week by Trinity goaltender Hannah LeClair, who allowed both goals on Friday but came back to make 39 saves in a 2-0 win over Williams in Game 2 of the weekend series.
Not only did this help LeClair become co-player of the week, it ended a six-goal streak for Halloran, which was the longest streak of his Williams career. Saturday’s loss also ended Williams’ six-game winning streak. This is the longest such streak for the Ephs since 2019, when coach Meghan Gillis’ team won eight straight, which saw the Ephs advance to the second round of the tournament. NCAA Division III.
The 7-3 Ephs will play at home this weekend with Little Three rival Amherst.
While Williams is unranked, the strength of the Ephs’ schedule currently has them in the mix for a possible spot in the 10-team NCAA tournament. Williams is currently 11th in the D-III RPI, one of NESCAC’s seven top 15 teams nationally. When it comes to the PairWise ranking, Williams is 10th. Colby is second, Wesleyan third and Middlebury fifth in the PairWise and RPI.
The PairWise Ranking is a system that attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants in the NCAA Division III hockey tournament. The PWR compares all the teams according to these criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition and RPI.
Halloran was not the only Eph to be honored this week.
The Ephs’ Sophia Verkleeren and James Lovette were named NESCAC’s swim performers of the week, as Williams swept Amherst.
Verkleeren won the 200 freestyle (1: 55.20), 200 backstroke (2: 05.37), 200 IM (2: 08.29) and posted a score of 53.15 in the winning relay of the 400 m free.
Lovette won two individual events, the 200 freestyle (1: 42.61) and the 100 freestyle (46.02), and was the anchor of the winning 200 medley relay (shared 20.63) and the 400 medley relay. free (shared 44.99).
Carl Pierre and Keon Clergeog were both named players of the week this week. None of them made it to UMass.
Pierre, who plays Rice, is the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. Clergeot, in southeast Louisiana, is the Southland Conference Player of the Week.
Pierre chose to play his alumni season at Rice, and he was an important addition to the Owls, who are 9-5, 2-1 in the Sun Belt West Division.
Pierre chose Rice so he could play a season with former BC High teammate Travis Evee. Evee transferred from BC High to play at Vermont Academy before moving to Rice.
Last week, Pierre averaged just 19 points and nine rebounds as Rice knocked out conference rivals Middle Tennessee and UAB. It was Pierre’s first double-double since scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds in a UMass game against Akron on December 30, 2019.
He also scored 19 points and landed eight boards against West leader UAB, helping to break the Blazers’ four-game winning streak.
For the season, Pierre is averaging 15.1 points, shooting 50.7% from the ground and 43% from 3 points. All of these numbers are in the Sun Belt top 10.
Oh, but Pierre had a three-game winning streak against Fordham when the Atlantic 10 Conference Rams beat Rice 84-74. Pierre had 26 points in this loss.
He was supposed to face another former Texas Minuteman, forward Tre Mitchell, but that game has been postponed and has yet to be rescheduled.
Clergeot, one of UMass coach Matt McCall’s first signings, has transferred from Memphis to UMass. He missed 2017-18 and went on to play for the Minutemen in 18-19 and 19-20. Clergeot left UMass after 2020 and surfaced in Southeast Louisiana.
He was named the Southland Conference Player of the Week, averaging 14.3 points and 5.6 assists as SLU won the first Southland Tip-Off Tournament title. This is a tournament where the conference teams play in Katy, Texas, before the conference competition begins.
Southeastern went 3-0 in the tournament, beating Houston Baptist, McNeese and Nicholls. He had 19 points and five assists in the win over Nicholls and 17 points and eight assists in the win over Houston Baptist.
“The problem with Keon is he’s the ultimate competitor,” Southeast coach David Kiefer said in a pre-season statement. “I know he’s more concerned with team success than individual accolades, which makes any individual recognition he gets so much better.”
Clergeot was the player of the week for the second time. He was also a member of the Southland Conference preseason first team.