WATERVILLE, ME - The Amherst College women's hockey team closed its season on Saturday afternoon, falling at fourth seeded Colby College 4-2, in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Championship Tournament. The Jeffs were looking to advance in post season play for the first time in program history, but were unable to do so, and finished the 2005-06 campaign at 10-15. Colby (15-7-1) will play at top-seeded Middlebury College in the semifinals next weekend.
Rookie forward Rebecca Julian scored off a feed from Lauren Goethels at 6:38 of the opening period, and then took a pass from Lauren Anning at the 8:17 mark to pad the Colby lead. Heather Nickerson gave Colby a commanding three-goal advantage with just under five minutes to play in the opening session. Rookie forward Anna MacLean (Edina, MN) cut into Colby's lead when she scored her tenth goal of the season with just over three minutes remaining, and the teams headed to locker room with the Mules leading 3-1.
Amherst battled hard in the second stanza sending 15 shots toward Colby netminder Genevieve Triganne, but she turned every attempt aside and Julian completed her hat-trick on the power-play off a helper from Nickerson to give Colby a 4-1 advantage with one session to play.
Colby accounted for most of the offensive play in the third period with 15 shots of their own, but Amherst sophomore netminder Stacey Johnston (Kingston, ON) was up to the task to keep Amherst close. Rookie star forward Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) got the Jeffs within two, firing home her 16th score of the season, while junior forward Meg Quinn (Wakefield, MA) and junior defenseman Tes Siarnecki (Gardener, MA) collected assists.
Johnston finished with 31 saves for the Jeffs while Triganne made 22 stops for Colby.