Jeffs Fall to Hamilton, 5-3

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's ice hockey team fell to NESCAC rival Hamilton College on Sunday, 5-3. The visiting Continentals used two goals and an assist from sophomore Zoe Baldwin (Nepean, Ontario), and a goal and two assists from senior Eden Self (Rochester, NY) en route to their first victory of the season. Amherst first-year Alena Harrison (Westwood, MA) netted her fifth goal of the year, while senior Elissa Landes (Potomac, MD) tallied her second and sophomore Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT) posted her first.

Hamilton scored quickly as Baldwin used feeds from Self and first-year defender Julie Haney (Ludlow, MA) just 1:28 into regulation. Continental junior Marissa Halligan (West Haven, CT) and Self scored back-to-back short-handed goals to give Hamilton a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period. The Jeffs mounted a comeback in the second session as Harrison deflected a shot from first-year Emily Cronin (Arlington, MA) into the goal at the 13:08-mark, and Landes rerouted a slap shot from junior Sarah Mason (Minneapolis, MN) with just under three minutes left in the period to cut the deficit to one. Baldwin pushed the lead back to two, scoring a late power-play goal at the 11:59 mark, but Amherst answered quickly, finding the net just 18 seconds later. Amherst junior Alicia Pichard (Chevy Chase, MD) sent the puck toward the goal and after a short scrum in front of the net, Sisti shoved in the score, again cutting the lead to one. However, Hamilton put the game out of reach with a breakaway goal from first-year Lindsay Bartz (Irvine, CA) with just under six minutes remaining in regulation.

Amherst first-year goalie Lindsay Grabowski (Princeton, NJ) had 23 saves in the loss as the Jeffs dropped to 2-2 (2-2 NESCAC), while her Hamilton counterpart, first-year Caitlin Connelly (Cheltenham, PA) collected 23 saves.

Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. against non-conference foe St. Michael's College.