AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's hockey team held off a third period rally by NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University to win 4-3 on Saturday night. Sophomore Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT) netted two goals and first-year Meghan Dickoff (Minnetonka, MN) notched the eventual game-winner as the Jeffs improved to 12-11 overall (6-9 NESCAC).
Wesleyan took an early lead as junior Frances Jacobus-Parker (Ithica, NY) capitalized on a scrum in front of the net for the 1-0 advantage. However the Jeffs responded as Sisti stole the puck behind her own net and went top-shelf with a wrister for the unassisted tally at the 9:21-mark. Just 36 seconds later the Jeffs pushed the lead to 2-1 as sophomore Leah Kaplan (Buffalo, NY) led a 2-on-1 breakaway and fed first-year Emily Cronin (Arlington, MA) for the score.
The Cardinals seemed to take an advantage as they went on the power-play 4:09 into the second frame, but Amherst first-year Alena Harrison (Westwood, MA) stole the puck and slid it across the crease to Sisti for the score. The Jeffs stretched their lead to 4-1 with a power-play goal from Dickoff with just over four minutes left in the second session. She came up with the puck after a scrum in front of the net, pulled back out of the crease and flipped it over Wesleyan first-year goalie Meredith Katz (New Canaan, CT) for the game-winning score.
Wesleyan rallied in the third period as junior Anna Siliciano (Ithica, NY) found the net at the 8:16-mark off a feed from classmate Meghan Frederico (Stony Brook, NY), and senior Andrea Snow (Amherst, NH) capitalized on a loose puck near the Amherst goal to cut the lead to 4-3 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. However, the Jeff defense stood strong and denied the Cardinals a chance to tie the game.
Amherst first-year goalie Lindsay Grabowski (Princeton, NJ) collected 12 saves, while Katz and senior Elizabeth Courtney (Belmont, MA) shared time in net, nabbing 19 and eight saves, respectively, as the Cardinals fell to 9-13 overall and 6-8 in conference play.
Amherst heads into its regular season finale with a two-game winning streak in tow. The Jeffs host NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.