Swiontkowski, Lloyd Lead Jeffs Past Conn. College

Swiontkowski Courtesy of Connecticut College Sports Information

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Ellen Swiontkowski '12 (Minnetonka, Minn.) netted what proved to be the game winner while assisting on junior Geneva Lloyd's (Calgary, Alberta) two power-play goals to lead the seventh-ranked Amherst women's hockey team to a 3-2 victory against Connecticut College at Dayton Arena.

With their fourth-straight win, the Lord Jeffs improved to 14-3-0 overall with an 8-1 league ledger, while the Camels, unbeaten over their last six entering tonight's contest, fell to 8-6-2 (5-5-1 NESCAC). 

Sophomore netminder Kerri Stuart (Tewksbury, Mass.) made 20 saves to move to 7-1 on the year, while Junior Amy Leichliter made 34 stops in the loss. 

On the power play less than three minutes after the opening whistle, Lloyd put the Jeffs on the board, scoring her sixth man-up goal of 2011-12 with assists from Josie Fisher '12 (Norwich, Vt.) and Swiontkowski.

Just 46 seconds later, The Camels' Olivia Farrell '14 pulled the home team even, but another Lloyd power play goal 5:10 after the Conn. College equalizer put Amherst back on top.

Still up 2-1 with 5:38 remaining in the second period, Swiontkowski took a lead pass from Kaitlyn McInnis '13 (Franklin, Mass.) at the blue line and went in for the goal in the one-on-one situation, staking Amherst to a two-goal lead.

Hoping to keep pace in the final 20 minutes of regulation, sophomore Courtney Dumont brought the crowd to their feet with a backhanded goal at 2:30 of the third off an assist from Caroline Corbett '13.

Trying to knot the score, Conn. College would pull its goalie for an extra skater with less than a minute remaining, but the Amherst defense held steady, to seal the win. 

Amherst held a decisive 37-22 shot advantage going 2-for-4 on the power play, while holding the Camels to a 0-for-4 clip with the man-up advantage.

The Lord Jeffs will wrap up their weekend series with Conn. College on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.