Rookies Lead Amherst Past Hamilton in Overtime

CLINTON, NY- Rookie Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) notched her team-leading eighth and ninth goals, including the game winner 2:58 into overtime as the Amherst College women's hockey team upended NESCAC rival Hamilton College, 3-2. Rachel Simon (West Orange, NJ) scored the third Jeff goal, while first year Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) assisted on all three scores and posts a team-best six helpers on the season. Amherst improves to 3-5-0, while Hamilton drops to 3-6-0.

Simon opened scoring with just 1:14 remaining in the first frame on a power play goal to take the early lead for Amherst. Hamilton built a 2-1 lead in the second period, but Karega tied the game 1:36 into the third to knot the contest at 2-2. The Jeff defense kept the Continentals scoreless for the remainder of regulation, allowing Karega to put away the game-winner in early overtime.

Sophomore netminder Stacey Johnston (Kingston, Ontario) made 28 stops in the victory, while Caitlin Connelly notched 29 for Hamilton.

Amherst travels to Trinity College tomorrow (Saturday) with game time slotted for 4:30 p.m.