HARTFORD, Conn. - The No. 9/6 Amherst College women's hockey team suffered a 5-2 NESCAC setback to Trinity College on Sunday afternoon in Hartford, Conn.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 15-3-4 overall, 9-2-3 in league play, while Trinity improves to 13-6-2, 6-6-2 in NESCAC action.
In the opening period, Amherst edged Trinity in shots, 12-11 and struck for the game's first goal when Emily Flom '15 scored on an assist from Brenna Sullivan '18 at the 4:12 mark to give the Jeffs a 1-0 lead. Just 1:08 later, the Bantams answered when Lauren Fitzgerald scored following helpers from Shannon Farrell and Kelcie Finn to even the contest at 1-1. Trinity then took a 2-1 lead when Lucy Robinson scored at the 15:49 mark after assists from Emma Tani and Cheeky Herr.
Alex Toupal '18 led the Purple & White in shots on frame in the first period with three. Sabrina Dobbins '18 made nine first-period stops for Amherst, while Sydney Belinskas turned away 11 shots for Trinity.
In the second period, the Bantams used a pair of goals by Farrell to increase their advantage to 4-1. Farrell scored at the 4:49 mark following an assist from Finn, and then again at the 15:57 mark as Fitzgerald and Finn provided the helpers on the marker.
Early in the third stanza, Sullivan scored to make it 4-2 as Flom and Erin Martin '16 assisted on the goal at the 2:41 mark. Amherst continued to apply the pressure on the Bantams' defensive zone, but could not cut further into the Trinity lead. With 1:14 left in the third frame, Herr scored an empty-netter following a pass from Robinson to set the final score at 5-2.
Dobbins (7-2-2) suffered the loss playing the first 24:49 of the contest before Yuna Evans '17 entered in relief. Dobbins made 11 saves, while Evans finished with 14 stops. Belinskas (8-4-1) made 36 saves, including 14 in the third stanza, to help seal the win.
Herr and Amherst's senior assistant captain Tori Salmon each tallied a game-high seven shots on goal. The Purple & White out-shot the Bantams, 38-30 in the losing effort.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 21-22 when it hosts NESCAC rival Bowdoin College for a pair of contests to close out the regular season. Puck-drop is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.