AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women's hockey team fell to visiting ninth-ranked NESCAC rival Bowdoin College Saturday afternoon, 5-1, dropping to 5-9 overall and 3-8 in conference play. The Polar Bears improved to 9-5 overall (7-2 NESCAC).
Bowdoin struck first when freshman forward Scooter Walsh (Urbana, IL) buried the puck after a scramble in front of the Amherst goal. Senior forward Kelsey Wilcox (Cumberland, ME) and junior forward Kate Leonard (Eliot, ME) tallied assists on the goal. Amherst knotted the score when rookie forward Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) scored her team-high 11th goal of the season, tucking home her own rebound on the power-play. Junior linemates Elizabeth Ditmore (Excelsior, MN) and Meg Dickoff (Minnetonka, MN) collected assists on the score. Bowdoin notched the game-winner just before the close of the first period when junior forward Meghan Gillis (Whycocomagh, NS) curled around the circle and fired a shot past Amherst sophomore goalie Stacey Johnston (Kingston, ON).
The Polar Bears opened second-session scoring as sophomore forward Katie Coyne (Madison, WI) slammed a shot from the left slot that slid underneath Johnston. Bowdoin padded their lead two minutes later, this time shorthanded, when junior forward Jayme Woogerd (Seattle, WA) took a long pass from junior forward Katie Forney (Gettysburg, PA) and tucked home a backhander.
Bowdoin iced the game with a minute to play in regulation as Leonard scored off dishes from Wilcox and Walsh.
Johnston finished with 34 saves while Bowdoin first-year goaltender Emileigh Mercer (Newton, MA) made 21 stops.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Tuesday when they travel to meet St. Anselm College at 7 p.m.