AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's hockey team lost to visiting Little Three and NESCAC rival Williams College on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink, 5-2. Despite outshooting Williams 49-33, Amherst was unable to muster enough offense to grab a victory, dropping to 2-4 overall and 2-4 in conference play, while Williams improved to 3-2-1 overall (3-0-1 NESCAC).
Williams found the scoring column early as junior forward Anna Condido (Lexington, MA) notched the first of her two goals on the power-play off an assist from fellow junior forward Taya Latham (Westhampton, MA). The Jeffs answered right back on the power-play when sophomore defenseman Katharine Kelly (Shorewood, WI) made a couple of nifty moves before skating around the Williams goalie and sending home the tying score. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Ditmore (Excelsior, MN) collected the assist on the goal.
Both teams would have a few good chances in a very even second period highlighted by some beautiful glove work by Amherst sophomore netminder Stacey Johnston (Kingston, ON) who helped keep the game level at 1-1. However, Williams broke open the tie with two quick scores at the beginning of the third period. Sophomore forward Allie Morrow (Evanston, IL) scored with an assist from junior forward Ashley Wood (Duxbury, MA) to put the Ephs ahead, and Condido collected her second goal with assists from freshman defenseman Joey Lye (Scarborough, ON) and sophomore forward Carolyn Quan (Toronto, ON) to stretch the lead to 3-1. Amherst jumped back into the game when rookie standout Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) intercepted a Williams defenseman pass and skated down the ice before burying a backhander into the top right corner for her league-leading third short-handed score of the season. However, Williams would answer back when Wood scored on the power-play from Morrow and senior defenseman Rachel Barr (Enfield, NH). Wood added another with an assist from Condido to put the game out of reach for Amherst.
Johnston finished with 28 saves for Amherst while sophomore Denise McCulloch (Toronto, ON) turned aside 47 shots for Williams.
The Jeffs return to action Friday, December 9, when they travel to face NESCAC foe Connecticut College at 7 p.m.