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AMHERST, Mass. - Geneva Lloyd '13 (Calgary, Alberta) and Barrett McBride '14 (Glenview, Ill.) each scored a first-period goal as the third-ranked Amherst women's hockey team earned a 2-1 win over Trinity on Senior Day at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improved to 18-4-0 (12-2-0 NESCAC) and 12-2-3 against Trinity since 2005-06, while the Bantams, who ended their 14-game winless streak against the Jeffs with a victory Friday night, fell to 12-10-0 (7-7-0 NESCAC).
Hoping to get off to a fast start, Amherst recorded the game's first good scoring opportunity less than two minutes after the opening whistle when first-year Madeline Tank (Winnetka, Ill.) collected a rebound in front, before finding the pads of sophomore goaltender Alexa Pujol.
Moments later, Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, Mass.) linked up with classmate Ellen Swiontkowski (Minnetonka, Minn.), finding the stick of the charging forward cutting toward the Bantam cage, but Pujol again proved up to the challenge, making another big stop to keep it scoreless.
On the power play with 10:11 to go in the opening period, the Jeffs continued to go on the offensive, finally breaking through when Lloyd blasted a shot from the point through a screen for her ninth goal of the year.
Looking to pad their lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first, the Jeffs caught Trinity out of position with McBride moving into the zone. Finding open space in the middle of the ice, the Glenview, Ill. native eluded a Bantam defender between the circles before lifting an off balance shot over Pujols' shoulder to stake Amherst to a 2-0 cushion.
Holding a decisive 21-8 shot advantage after a scoreless second period, Amherst looked to close out strong over the final 20, maintaining their lead through the first 13 minutes of the frame.
Still down two with 6:15 remaining in regulation, Trinity capitalized on a Lord Jeff miscue, intercepting a failed clearance near center ice. Coming in alone on goal, first-year Samantha Edelson beat Sinead Murphy '12 (Rochester, Minn.) with a backhand to the near post, but that was as close as the Bantams would get, with the senior goalie and the Amherst defense holding steady the rest of the way to preserve the 2-1 victory.
Murphy finished with 13 saves to improve to 10-2-0 overall, while Pujol made 29 stops, falling to 10-7-0. Amherst, which did not commit a penalty, went 1-for-6 on power play, while finishing with a 31-14 shot advantage.
As part of Senior Day festivities, Clegg, Swiontkowski, Murphy, Josie Fisher '12 (Norwich, Vt.), Erin Babineau '12 (St. Paul, Minn.) and Emily Vitale '12 (Chesire, Conn.) were honored prior to the start of today's game. Making their last regular season appearance in Orr Rink, the members of the Class of 2012 have already established themselves as one of the most successful in school history, after compiling an 84-17-6 (53-5-4) record en route to a NESCAC title in 2010 and a pair of national championships (2009, 2010).
The Jeffs return to action on Feb. 17-18 for a weekend set at Bowdoin.