AMHERST, MA – Sophomore forward Meg Quinn (Wakefield, MA) scored a pair of goals to lead the Jeffs past visiting non-conference foe UMass Boston on Tuesday evening, 5-2. With the win, Amherst improves to 9-11 overall while the Beacons drop to 12-6-1.
Amherst opened scoring five minutes into play when rookie phenom Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) finished off a scramble in front of the net during a delayed penalty for her team-leading 14th goal of the season. Junior defensemen Rachel Simon (West Orange, NJ) and Tes Siarnecki (Gardner, MA) picked up the assists. Amherst struck again late in the period when Quinn tucked home a loose puck in the crease following shots by junior linemates Alena Harrison (Westwood, MA) and Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT).
The Jeffs took a three-goal lead in the second session as rookie forward Anna MacLean (Edina, MN) took a cross ice pass from junior forward Elizabeth Ditmore (Excelsior, MN) and put a wrister through the wickets of Beacon netminder Shannon Palmer (Lynn, MA). Sophomore defenseman Kat Kelly (Shorewood, WI) grabbed the other assist on the score. UMass Boston got on the board a minute later when Kristin Wilson (Grand Forks, ND) took a quick pass from Andrea Ciarletta (Watertown, MA) and fired a one-timer into the lower left corner. Quinn answered, notching her second score on the power-play off helpers from rookie forwards MacLean and Lindsay Harrington (Westford, MA).
At 8:34 of the final frame, Amherst junior co-captain Meg Dickoff (Minnetonka, MN) scored on a gorgeous wrist shot into the top left corner to put the Beacons on ice, 5-1. UMass Boston sophomore forward Audrey Diguire (Milford, MA) scored midway through the third period from sophomore Katherine Wall (Arlington, MA), but it was too late for the Beacons, as Amherst walked away with the convincing win.
Amherst sophomore netminder Stacey Johnston (Kingston, ON) posted 16 saves while Palmer finished with 34 stops.
Amherst returns to action on Friday at 7 p.m. when they travel to ninth-ranked Little Three rival Williams College.