AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women's hockey earned a huge 3-2 victory over visiting NESCAC rival Hamilton College on Saturday night, improving to 8-9 overall (5-8 NESCAC), while Hamilton dropped to 8-10 (5-7 NESCAC).
Hamilton controlled the first period and opened scoring early when rookie forward Kathryn Kroleski (New Rochelle, NY) found the net on a breakaway. The Continentals added to their lead eight minutes later when senior skater Jane Bradley (Casselman, ON) tucked away a rebound, with senior forward Zoe Baldwin (Nepean, ON) and rookie forward Kathleen Mulligan (Mississauga, ON) collecting the assists.
The Jeffs cut the lead in half late in the second session when senior forward Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT) scored on a beautiful wrist shot off helpers from rookie defenseman Julie Radziewicz (Orlando, FL) and junior defenseman Rachel Simon (West Orange, NJ). Amherst knotted the score when rookie phenom Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) buried her tenth goal of the season during a two-man advantage with sophomore defenseman Kat Kelly (Shorewood, WI) notching the assist.
In an intense third period, Amherst finally netted the game-winner during another two-man advantage when Simon threw a shot on net that was stopped but rookie forward Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) was right there to put home the rebound. Sisti also tallied an assist on the score. Hamilton would apply a furious wave of pressure on the Jeffs late, but sophomore goaltender Stacey Johnston (Kingston, ON) was stellar in net, making 15 of her 39 saves in the final frame.
Hamilton's Caitlin Connelly (Cheltenham, PA) finished with 24 stops.
The Lord Jeffs return to action next Saturday, February 4th at 2:30 p.m. when they welcome No. 9 Elmira College to Orr Rink.