Lloyd, Stuart Lead Jeffs Past Trinity, 3-0

StuartWIL Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information

HARTFORD, Conn. – Geneva Lloyd '13 tallied a goal and an assist and goaltender Kerri Stuart '14 recorded a shutout with 16 saves to lead the visiting Amherst College women's hockey team to a 3-0 victory over Trinity College in NESCAC action Tuesday evening on Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center.  

The 10th-ranked Lord Jeffs improve to 12-8-1 overall and 10-3-1 in NESCAC play while Trinity drops to 11-7-4 overall and 6-5-3 in the conference with its second home loss to Amherst in three days.  Amherst wins the season series against Trinity, 2-1, having lost at home on December 5 by a score of 4-2 and having won in Hartford on Sunday, 5-1.  The Jeffs also clinch at least a third-place finish in the NESCAC Standings with two games left to play.  

The Amherst offense was impressive early, peppering Trinity goalie Alexa Pujol '14 with 16 shots in the opening period.  Pujol made several stops on shots from close to keep the game scoreless, including two on a backhand and a quick wrister by Jeff forward Courtney Baranek '14 in the middle of the first period, but Erin Martin '16 stole the puck in the Trinity zone and shot quickly past Pujol for a 1-0 Jeff lead with 7:23 on the clock.  Lloyd gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage with a low slapper from just above the left face-off circle that caromed off a Bantam skate past Pujol at 17:42 of the first.

Amherst added a third goal when Lloyd sent the puck waist high into traffic in front of the crease and Megan Doyen '13 sent it by Pujol glove-side for a power-play tally with 1:09 left in the second period.  The Trinity offense came alive in the third frame, as senior forward Chelsea Campbell was denied by Stuart on a backhand from close early and rookie forward Emma Tani wove her way through the Lord Jeff defense and shot past the goalie only to watch the puck bounce twice off the iron and drop back into play.  The Lord Jeff defense kept Trinity at bay the rest of the way, and two late Bantam penalties severely derailed any comeback effort.  

Pujol finished with 33 saves, while Madeline Tank '15 and Tori Salmon '15 picked up assists on Lloyd's tally.  Neither team was whistled for a penalty in the first 38 minutes, and Amherst finished with a 36-16 shot advantage.

The Jeffs return to action at home on Saturday, Feb. 16, hosting Bowdoin in a 7:30 p.m. contest.