NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mammoths controlled possession for much of the conference clash, however Camel keeper Bailey Mertz stood strong in between the pipes to rack up 34 stops and keep the visitors scoreless as No. 11 Connecticut College handed the No. 8 Amherst College women's ice hockey team a 2-0 loss Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 0-2-0 on the season and to 0-2-0 in league play, while Connecticut College improves to 2-0-0 overall (2-0-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 21 when they travel to Manhattanville for a 3 p.m. non-conference contest.
The Camels took a 1-0 lead 11:02 into the tilt, with Elena Gualtieri taking advantage of a Connecticut College power play. Gathering Kyla Floresca's rebound as she cut across the zone, Gualtieri slid a backhander inside the right post to put the home team out front.
Doubling the Camel lead 2:12 into the second stanza, Jordan Cross gave Connecticut College a 2-0 cushion following a shot by Sammi Estes. Crashing the net, Cross got her stick on the bouncing puck to propel it over the goal line.
Katelyn Pantera '19 and Mia DelRosso '21 teamed up in a bid to get the Mammoths on the board midway through the third period, with DelRosso stealing the puck in the right corner to force a 2-on-2. Looking for Pantera in front of the net, the DelRosso dish was inches too close to the Camel keeper who was able to poke check the puck to safety.
- In goal, Bailey Plaman '18 (0-1-0) registered 21 saves for the Mammoths in the losing effort, while Mertz (2-0-0) made 34 stops for Connecticut College in the win.
- Amherst owned a 34-21 advantage in shot differential, including a 24-10 edge in the final two periods.
- The Mammoths finished 0-for-5 up a skater, while the Camels went 1-for-4 on the power play.
- Miriam Eickhoff '19 and Jocelyn Hunyad '19 led Amherst with four shots each, while six Mammoth skaters chipped in three shots apiece.
- With four shots, Floresca led the Camel offense, while a trio of Connecticut College player added three shots each.