Amherst Tallies Three Unanswered Goals to Defeat No. 10 Bowdoin, 4-2

Amherst Tallies Three Unanswered Goals to Defeat No. 10 Bowdoin, 4-2

Photo Courtesy of Diana McNamara

AMHERST, Mass. – Down 2-1 entering the final period of play, the Purple & White tallied three unanswered goals as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team defeated No. 10 Bowdoin College, 4-2 Saturday evening at Orr Rink.

With the win, Amherst improves to 6-4-2 on the season and to 2-3-2 in NESCAC play, while Bowdoin falls to 8-2-2 overall and to 3-2-1 in league action. Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Jan. 15 with a 3 p.m. rematch against Bowdoin College at Orr Rink.

First on the scoreboard, the Polar Bears claimed a 1-0 lead 3:15 into the matchup behind Maureen Greason's fourth goal of the season. Intercepting a pass behind the net, Greason ripped a tough angle shot from the bottom of the right circle through the legs of the Amherst netminder.

Amherst responded two minutes later with Miriam Eickhoff '19 and Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 firing shots on target on a 2-v-1 and breakaway opportunity, respectively, but Sophia Lattanzio proved up to the task, turning both shots away.

Evening the contest at 1-1 with time winding down in the opening period, Katelyn Pantera found the back of the net following a great individual effort with 42.6 seconds on the clock. Stealing the puck from a Bowdoin defender at the hash marks in the defensive end, Pantera beat two visiting players in a footrace down the right boards before rifling a shot from the dot over the shoulder of Lattanzio, short side.

Both teams saw scoring opportunities in a fast-paced second stanza that featured 22 shots between the sides, but it was Bowdoin that broke the tie with 3:15 to play in the period. 

Stonewalling Maryanne Iodice's attempt from the point, Sabrina Dobbins '18 seemingly corralled the loose rebound, however a second effort play from Katie Leininger saw the puck pushed over the goal line before the whistle to give the Polar Bears a 2-1 edge.

Tallying her team-leading seventh goal the year, Alex Toupal '18 deadlocked the score at 2-2 with 17:27 remaining in regulation. Stripping a defender of the puck at the offensive blue line to earn a breakaway, Toupal deked to her forehand and sent a shot into an open net.

Amherst nearly secured its first lead of the game with 12:13 on the clock, as Katie Savage '19 entered the zone on a breakaway, but Lattanzio made the clutch glove save.

Making sure to take advantage of her next scoring opportunity, Savage gave the Purple & White a 3-2 lead with 7:08 to play, skating out of the left corner and sending a shot through the five-hole and into the netting.

Julie Dachille had Bowdoin's final bid to tie the game at the 5:04 mark, beating a defender in a footrace to earn a breakaway, but Dobbins slid across the crease and turned away the attempt.

Amherst netted the final dagger with 39 seconds to play, with Savage recording the empty net tally to lift the Purple & White to the 4-2 victory.

GAME NOTES

  • Dobbins (3-3-1) made 22 stops in goal to earn the win for the Purple & White, while Lattanzio (3-1-1) recorded 30 saves in the losing effort.
  • Amherst owned 34-24 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
  • Neither side was able to capitalize on the power play, with both teams finishing 0-for-4 up a skater.