AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women's hockey team upset ninth-ranked visiting non-conference opponent University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Sunday afternoon, 2-1. Rookie Anna MacLean (Edina, MN) tallied the unassisted game-winner to give the Jeffs their first win over a ranked opponent in program history as they improved to 5-7 overall, while UW-River Falls fell to 9-6-1.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Falcons pierced the scoring column at 10:59 of the second as senior Lou Paulson (Duluth, MN) converted a feed from rookie Leigh Landgraf (St. Paul Park, MN) for the 1-0 edge. First-year Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) responded for the Jeffs just under two minutes later with a power-play score, her 10th goal of the season. MacLean slipped in the game-winner three minutes into the final stanza as she picked up a loose puck in the UW-River Falls zone and fired a wrister just inside the right post. The Amherst defense was solid down the stretch overcoming a six-on-four advantage and denying the Falcons a chance to tie the game.
Amherst sophomore Stacey Johnston (Kingston, ON) was stellar in goal, collecting 26 saves in the win. UW-River Falls played goalie-by-committee as rookies Katie Kantrud (Fergus Falls, MN) and Kim Grafstrom (Roseau, MN) and junior Amber Linder (Moorhead, MN) combined for 22 saves in a losing effort.
Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. against visiting NESCAC rival Colby College.