RIVER FALLS, WI – The Amherst College women's hockey team picked up its sixth consecutive win to improve to 9-4 (5-3 NESCAC), defeating the University of Wisconsin-River Falls 5-1 on the road. Sophomore Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) scored in each of the three periods to lead Amherst.
The Falcons' defense looked as though it would escape the first period unharmed, but Karega netted the game's first goal with just 24 seconds remaining in the opening frame, with first-years Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO) and Kirsten Dier (Appleton, WI) picking up assists.
Junior Megan Quinn (Wakefield, MA) picked up her first goal of the season 6:25 into the second period, scoring what would eventually be the game-winning goal. Karega padded the Jeffs' lead less than two minutes later when senior defender Rachel Simon (West Orange, NJ) set her up for the third goal of the night.
Amherst began the third stanza with a comfortable 3-0 lead, but added a pair of goals for some insurance. Dennett netted the Jeffs' fourth goal of the game 4:31 into the period, and just 16 seconds later had a hand in the Jeffs' fifth goal, as she picked up an assist on Karega's third goal of the night.
First-year Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) nearly kept her scoreless-period streak alive, but the Falcons were able to find the back of the net with just 2:06 remaining in the game. Prior to the goal, Elek had gone 15 consecutive periods without surrendering a goal.
Elek finished the night with 22 saves, while Amber Lindner recorded 22 of her own for the Falcons (8-4-3).
Amherst returns to action Jan. 17 for a NESCAC match-up with Conn. College at Orr Rink. Game time is set for 7 p.m.