Toupal Tallies Four Points to Lead Amherst's Comeback Win Over Williams, 5-3

Toupal Tallies Four Points to Lead Amherst's Comeback Win Over Williams, 5-3

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Alex Toupal '18 recorded four points in the battle, including a hat trick, as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team netted three unanswered scores to earn a 5-3 come-from-behind victory at Lansing Chapman Rink and complete the weekend sweep of archrival Williams.

With the win, Amherst improves to 11-5-3 on the season and to 7-3-2 in league play, while Williams falls to 9-6-5 overall (3-5-4 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 31 when they host Plymouth State in a non-conference matchup beginning at 7 p.m.

The Ephs took a 1-0 lead 2:27 into an exciting first period that saw four goals scored between the sides. Rushing into the offensive zone on a 3-v-2, Abby Brustad dished a pass to Meghan Halloran near the right hash who snapped a shot over the glove of the Amherst keeper. 

Responding seven minutes later, Toupal tallied her first of three goals of the day to even the contest at 1-1. Racing towards frame from the left corner, Toupal powered the rebound following a bouncing shot and kick save into the netting. Kristen Molina '18 and Katie Savage '19 were credited with the assists on the play.

Retaking the lead at the 10:45 mark, Brustad found the back of the net as cut across the slot and redirected Anna Fucillo's shot from the point just inside the left post.

Deadlocking the score at 2-2 before intermission, Emma Flynn '21 registered her seventh goal of the winter with 4:13 on the clock. Capitalizing on a 2-v-1, Toupal slid a stick-to-stick cross-ice pass to Flynn on the far post who buried the attempt with a defender on her heels.

Notching a go-ahead score 6:09 into the second period, Mia DelRosso '21 gave the Mammoths their first lead of the battle, 3-2. Driving a shot towards net from the left point, DelRosso attempt deflected off a Williams' defender and over the goal line.

Logging what stood as the game-winner midway through the stanza, Toupal gave Amherst a two-score cushion with assists from Savage and Laura Schmidlein '19. Skating towards goal from the corner, Toupal got her stick on the puck in a scrum in front of the net and sent a shot over the pad of Marissa Anderson. 

Capping off a hat trick at the 13:16 mark in the third period, Toupal notched the Mammoths' third unanswered goal and extended Amherst's advantage to 5-2. Gathering a pass from DelRosso at mid-ice, Toupal raced down the left boards and ripped a shot from the dot into the bottom right corner.

Registering the final goal of the game with 3:50 remaining in regulation, Rush beat the Amherst netminder to set the score at 5-3. With an Amherst skater in the box following a checking penalty, Rush propelled a slap shot from the left point off a defenders stick at the top of the circle and into the right corner of the net.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Bailey Plaman '18 (8-4-3) racked up 26 saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Anderson (6-3-1) made 25 stops for Williams in the loss.
  • The Mammoths owned a slight 30-29 edge in shot differential, including a 13-4 advantage in the second period.
  • Amherst finished 0-for-1 on the power play, while Williams went 1-for-2 up a skater.