Jeffs Ice Holy Cross, 4-2

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's hockey team earned its eighth win of the year, defeating visiting non-conference foe Holy Cross on Wednesday night, 4-2. Amherst sophomore Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT) scored in her seventh consecutive game as she had a goal and an assist, while senior co-captain Tory Serues (Cambridge, MA) dished out two assists as the Jeffs improved to 8-7. Holy Cross sophomore Kathleen Remsberg (Arlington, MA) and first-year Christine O'Hara (Burnsville, MN) each scored as the Crusaders fell to 7-8-1.

The Amherst defense was stifling in the opening frame, limiting the visitors to only two shots on goal. With just under seven minutes remaining in the first period Serues led a 2-on-1 breakaway, and after near scores by her and sophomore forward Leah Kaplan (Buffalo, NY), first-year defender Kirsten Forsberg (Kenilworth, IL) took advantage of a scrum in front of the net and punched in her first goal of the year.

Midway through the second session, the Crusaders managed to kill an Amherst power play, but just seconds after the game returned to full strength Serues found Sisti behind the net and she wrapped the puck around the post for her seventh goal of the year. However, Holy Cross would respond as sophomore Sarah Wetherbee (Canton, MA) fed Remsberg for a backhanded score at the 12:55-mark, cutting the lead to one.

In the opening minutes of the final period the Jeffs pushed the lead back to two as Sisti outraced a Holy Cross defender to a long pass from first-year Tes Siarnacki (Gardner, MA) and then crossed the puck to rookie forward Emily Cronin (Arlington, MA) for the 3-1 lead. The Crusaders responded at the 11:36-mark as O'Hara scooped up a mishandled puck behind her own net and beat the Amherst goalie for the score. Holy Cross would get no closer as Amherst first-year Rachel Simon (West Orange, NJ) netted her team-best ninth goal of the season, going top shelf from the left side off assists from Cronin and sophomore defender Amanda Mattei (Windsor, CT).

Rookie netminder Lindsay Grabowski (Princeton, NJ) collected 12 saves for the Jeffs, while Holy Cross first-year Casey McCullion (Philadelphia, PA) posted 32 saves in defeat.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. at NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams College.