Women's Hockey Cruises to 8-0 Win Over Wesleyan

Vitale Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Six different players scored as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team, ranked sixth nationally in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll, rolled past Wesleyan University 8-0 on Friday night. Amherst improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in NESCAC play with the victory, while Wesleyan fell to 1-3 and 1-2 in conference action.

Senior Erin Babineau (St. Paul, Minn.) put Amherst on the board with 11:56 gone in the first. Ellen Swiontkowski '12 (Minnetonka, Minn.) passed the puck from behind the net to Babineau in front allowing the St. Paul, Minn. native to one-time the game's first score into the back of the Cardinal net. Looking to extend its lead, Amherst added another tally with 18 seconds left in the period, when senior Josie Fisher (Norwich, Vt.) put home a rebound from the left side for her third goal of the season.

Sophomore Barrett McBride (Glenview, Ill.) made it 3-0 at the 1:29 mark of the second, scoring off a rebound to cap a three-shot flurry and sophomore Ashley Salerno (Brunswick, Maine) made it 4-0 with a power-play slap shot at 10:13. Senior Emily Vitale (Cheshire, Conn.) scored the first of her two goals on the evening at 17:04 to make it a 5-0 game. Vitale's shot from the left point slipped through the five-hole with the Lord Jeffs on the power play.

Swiontkowski lit the lamp at 2:36 in the third period when her shot from 15 feet out trickled over the goal line for her third tally of the year and Amherst pushed its advantage to seven goals at the 6:19 mark when Vitale put home a one-timer from the right side. McBride scored her second goal of the game with 29 seconds left, bringing her season total to three, closing out the scoring.

Amherst held a 48-15 edge in shots in the contest, including 15-3 in the final period. Senior Sinead Murphy (Rochester, Minn.) played all 60 minutes in net for Amherst to record her first shutout of the season. Wesleyan junior Ashleigh Corvi broke the 30-save mark for the fourth time in as many games with her 40-save performance.

The teams return to the ice on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Wesleyan.