Jeffs Upend Trinity, 5-1

StuartWIL Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information

HARTFORD, Conn. – Trinity College entered Sunday fresh off a pair of wins against No. 7 Bowdoin last weekend, but the Amherst College women's hockey was undeterred, cruising to a 5-1 win in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action Sunday afternoon. 

The Bantams, who were 8-1-1 in their last ten games heading into today, drop to 11-6-4 overall and 6-4-3 in the league while Amherst jumps to 11-8-1 overall and 9-3-1 in the NESCAC, avenging a 4-2 non-conference setback to Trinity on Dec. 5.

Amherst was running on all cylinders from the start, outshooting Trinity 12-4 in the opening period, and keeping the pressure on in the second with an 18-7 shot advantage.  Amherst sophomores Emily Flom and Anne Gillard tallied a goal apiece in the opening two frames, and Trinity was unable to make back ground. 

The Bantams' best opportunity came in the final two minutes of the second period.  Junior Alexa Pujol came up with a save on a nifty backhander by Erin Martin '16, setting up Emily Kleidon '15 for a one-on-one opportunity on the other end.  But Amherst goalie Kerri Stuart '14 answered Pujol's save with a similar stop to preserve the 2-0 Amherst lead. 

Tori Salmon '15 added a third goal for Amherst to start the final period, and the Bantams quickly responded, but could not get closer.  Lucy Robinson '15 got a clean look with less than a minute to go, but another highlight save by Stuart set up Eileen Harris '16 for an empty-netter on the other end to put the Lord Jeffs up, 4-1. Salmon added a second goal with 12 seconds remaining to increase Amherst's lead to 5-1.

Amherst outshot Trinity, 42-19, and won the faceoff battle as well, by a count of 27-19.  Pujol finished the game with 33 stops for Trinity, allowing three goals. Trinity senior Beth Hitchcock made four saves and allowed one goal in six minutes of action on senior night while Stuart finished with 18 saves in net for the Jeffs.

The teams will conclude their blizzard-altered doubleheader on Tuesday night, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.