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AMHERST, Mass. – Courtney Baranek '14 scored a pair of goals and Geneva Lloyd '13 added a goal and two assists as the Amherst College women's hockey team held off a late Williams College rally to earn a 4-2 win and a series sweep of their rivals Saturday at Orr Rink.
In the teams' inaugural Pink in the Rink game to support the fight against breast cancer, the event raised over $1,500 for the American Cancer Society through a raffle, bake sale and other donations.
After scoring four first-period goals en route to a 7-2 win on Friday, Amherst (10-7-1, 8-3-1 NESCAC) started strong once again, striking twice short-handed in the opening frame and taking a 3-0 lead less than a minute into the second. Williams (8-11-1, 4-7-1 NESCAC) battled back, however, shutting down the Jeff attack for over 38 minutes and scoring near the midpoint of both the second and third periods to make it a 3-2 game before Baranek scored on an empty Eph net to ice the win for the hosts.
In addition to Lloyd and Baranek's strong games, Megan Doyen '13 also scored for the Jeffs while Sam Cutts '15 and Michaela Levine '16 sent in the Williams goals. Amherst finished with a 24-20 edge in shots.
With 9:30 to go in the opening frame, the Jeffs struck after the Ephs couldn't cash in on a long power play that saw Williams go up two skaters for over 30 seconds. Picking off an errant pass, Baranek sliced in on the breakaway and beat Eph goalie Rachel Nguyen '14 left top-shelf for the short-handed unassisted tally.
Less than two minutes later, the Jeffs spoiled another Eph power play as Lloyd fed Barrett McBride '14 racing up the right side and the junior completed the give-and-go, flipping a precise pass toward net for Lloyd, who finished with a one-timer from the left post.
Picking up where they left off, Amherst capitalized on its own power play just 48 seconds into the second. Sending one in from the point, Lloyd found Tori Salmon '15 near the left post and the sophomore sent a quick cross to Doyen, who finished one-time from the opposite side of the Eph net.
Williams cut into the deficit at the 11:15 mark of the period, with Cutts finishing off a nice pass from Gabrielle Vukasin '14 from the left post just seconds after Cristina Bravi '14 had seen her close-range shot stopped by Amherst goalie Kerri Stuart '14.
With even play for much of the third, Williams made it a one-goal game with 8:31 still remaining. Pressuring the Amherst net, Aimee Dennett '13 collected a loose puck and jammed it off an Amherst player at close range, the deflection falling to Levine who finished from the left post.
With Williams pulling Nguyen with 1:18 to go, Baranek sent in her second of the game on the empty net, getting free on the right side after an assisting pass from Ashley Salerno '14 to ice the win for Amherst.
Nguyen finished with 20 saves for Williams while Stuart made 18 stops for Amherst.
The Jeffs stay at home for a non-conference showdown with Norwich on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.