Women's Ice Hockey

RECORD: 5-4-0; NESCAC: 2-2-0; NR: 10 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 NESCAC TITLES: 3 (2007, '08, '10)

No. 6 Amherst Drops Season Opener to Conn. College, 1-0

No. 6 Amherst Drops Season Opener to Conn. College, 1-0

AMHERST, Mass. - Junior goalkeeper Sabrina Dobbins racked up 26 saves in a solid game in between the pipes, but the sixth-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team fell to conference rival Connecticut College Saturday evening at Orr Rink.

With the loss, Amherst moves to 0-1-0 on the season, and to 0-1-0 in NESCAC play, while the Camels improve to 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Nov. 19 when they take on Connecticut College at 3 p.m. at Orr Rink.  

Starting the game strong for Connecticut College, Stephanie Izzi tested Dobbins early, positioning herself in front of the goal and tipping a shot from the top of the circle on net five minutes into the opening period. Making a quick adjustment, Dobbins recorded the stop to keep the score knotted at 0-0. 

Ashley Anctil tallied the game's lone goal 4:36 into the second period to help lift the Camels to the 1-0 victory. Setting up in the offensive zone, Cassie Hunter dished a pass from the blue line to Lily Connolly on the top right of the circle who then found Anctil on the backdoor of the net for a one-timer. 

Amherst nearly evened the score four minutes later as Alex Toupal '18 perfectly played a 2-on-1 and drew the defender towards her before sending an on-target pass to Kristen Molina '18 in the slot. Camel netminder Katherine Chester was up to the task however, sliding across the crease to come up with the clutch save. 

Keeping up the offensive pressure in the third period, the Purple & White had several scoring opportunities in the final 10 minutes of regulation, with Toupal setting up Jocelyn Hunyadi '18 for a point blank shot with 9:17 to play following a 2-on-1, but Chester once again got her pad on the attempt. 

Senior captain Lynndy Smith played a part in Amherst's final bid to even the score, intercepting a breakout pass on the offensive blue line and sending a quick pass to a open Hunyadi on the back door, however the shot was turned away.

GAME NOTES

  • Dobbins registered 26 saves in goal for Amherst in the losing effort, while Chester made 30 stops for the Camels in the winning effort.
  • Despite 11 penalties in the matchup, neither side was able to convert on the power play, with the Purple & White going 0-for-3 and Connecticut College finishing 0-for-6.