Harrington's Hat Trick Guides Women's Hockey Past Wesleyan, 5-1

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst women's hockey team completed a weekend sweep of visiting Little Three and NESCAC rival Wesleyan University with a 5-1 victory at Orr Rink on Sunday. Rookie forward Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) led the Jeffs with her first career hat trick as Amherst improved to 2-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play, while Wesleyan falls to 0-4 overall (0-4 NESCAC).

Harrington started the scoring 13 minutes into the opening frame when sophomore forward Elizabeth Ditmore (Excelsior, MN) slipped a nifty back-hand pass to a charging Harrington who fired a slapper past Wesleyan first-year goalie Rachel Stemerman (Williamsville, NY). The Jeffs would need only 29 seconds to pad their lead when first-year forward Tarasai Kargea (Detroit, MI) deflected home a slap-shot from sophomore defenseman Meg Quinn (Wakefield, MA). Wesleyan would cut the lead in half at 16:12 of the first period when Amanda Nickels (Wilder, VT) finished off a pass from Hannah Jackson (Brookline, MA).

After a scoreless second session, The Jeffs came out firing in the third. Amherst's tri-captains connected on the third goal as senior forward Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT) finished off a scramble in front of the Wesleyan net with senior defenseman Amanda Mattei (Windsor, CT) and junior forward Meg Dickoff (Minnetonka, MN) tallying the assists. Harrington put the game on ice 11 minutes into the final frame when she calmly took a pass from rookie defenseman Julie Radziewicz (Orlando, FL), rushed down the side and slipped a backhander by Stemerman. Ditmore grabbed her second assist of the game on the score. Harrington would complete the hat-trick four minutes later on the power play when she fired a rocket off Stemerman's right shoulder and into the top of net to cap Amherst's scoring.

Sophomore goalie Stacey Johnston (Kingston, ON) finished with 12 saves for the Jeffs, while Stemerman made 39 stops for Wesleyan.

Amherst returns to action Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. when it hosts NESCAC foe Middlebury College at Orr Rink.