WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College women's hockey team fell just short at 10th-ranked NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams College on Friday night, recovering from a 4-0 first-period deficit but suffering a narrow 6-5 loss at the hands of the Ephs. First-year forward Lindsay Harrington (Westford, MA) posted a pair of goals for the Jeffs, who fell to 9-12 (5-9 NESCAC), while Williams improved to 10-9-1 (8-4-1 NESCAC).
The Ephs jumped all over Amherst out of the gates, tallying four goals in just over a ten-minute span of the first frame. The Jeffs got on the board in the waning minutes of the period as rookie Julie Radziewicz (Orlando, FL) found the net off a feed from senior co-captain Amanda Mattei (Windsor, CT).
Amherst cut the lead to one early in the second session as senior Leah Kaplan (Buffalo, NY) scored off a Christa Porcaro (Pelham, NY) assist just over two minutes into the period and junior Rachel Simon (West Orange, NJ) found Harrington at the 13:29-mark to make it a 4-3 Williams edge. The Ephs pushed their advantage back to two, 5-3, before the end of the stanza, but Harrington would again cut the lead to one in the opening minutes of the final period, scoring off assists from senior Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT) and junior Alena Harrison (Westwood, MA).
Williams knocked home one more insurance goal with just over four minutes left to play, and Amherst's final score from Tes Siarnacki (Gardner, MA) would not be enough to close the gap.
Amherst sophomore netminder Stacey Johnston (Kingston, ON) was credited with 22 stops in a losing effort.
Amherst returns to action on tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m. at second-ranked NESCAC rival Middlebury College.