AMHERST, MA- The Amherst College Women's hockey program earned its first ever victory in NESCAC Tournament, play with a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Williams College. Rookie forward Kate Dennett (Highland Ranch, CO) scored at 4:48 of overtime to give the Jeffs the win as sophomore forward Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) tallied the assist.
In what was one of the most physical to be seen in women's hockey as both teams generated early chances by winning battles in the others' zone. Williams nearly took the lead five minutes in when sophomore forward Catherine Mullen (Farmington, CT) skated in alone, but Amherst rookie net minder Kristen Elek (Summerville, SC) made a clutch stop with her blocker.
The Jeffs jumped on the board first with the man advantage when sophomore winger Anna MacLean (Edina, MN) picked up her thirteenth goal of the season with a wrist-shot from the right face off dot. Dennett and rookie defenseman Kirsten Dier (Appleton, WI) each notched helpers on the goal.
The second period saw the Ephs come out with a lot more offensive pressure and they finally cracked Elek at the seven minute mark when senior captain Anna Condino (Lexington, MA) finished off a cross ice feed from rookie forward Tracey Ferriter (Winchester, MA) for her fifteenth tally of the season. Williams jumped ahead just two minutes later when senior forward Ashley Wood (Duxbury, MA) tucked home a scramble in front of the net collecting her fourteenth goal of the year.
The teams skated evenly throughout the final frame before Amherst sophomore forward Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) tied it up off a pass from Karega for her fifteenth goal of the year with junior winger Elizabeth Ditmore (Excelsior, MN) adding an assist.
Williams nearly grabbed the lead again when Condino found herself one on one with Elek, but Elek's sprawling leg-stop kept the game level at two.
Overtime was all Amherst, as the Jeffs created a number of chances but couldn't crack Williams junior goalie (Toronto, ON) right away. With only 4:48 to play Dennett finally found the net sending the Jeffs bench into frenzy.
Elek finished the game with 32 saves for Amherst while McCulloch made 31 saves for Williams. The Jeffs will travel to Middlebury for the NESCAC semi-finals where they'll meet second seeded Bowdoin College.