MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – A late goal and final push by the Mammoths was not enough to overcome two early scores by the Cardinals, as the No. 8 Amherst College women's ice hockey team fell to Little III rival Wesleyan, 2-1 Friday evening at Spurrier-Snyder Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 13-6-4 on the season and to 8-4-3 in league action, while Wesleyan improves to 6-13-4 on the year (2-9-4 NESCAC). The two sides return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 17 when the Mammoths host Wesleyan at Orr Rink for their regular season finale and Senior Day. The puck is set to drop at 3 p.m.
The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period behind an Alex Horton unassisted tally. Taking advantage of a Mammoths misstep that saw the puck slide into the slot after a puck handling error on a regroup attempt below the goal line, Horton roofed a snap shot over the pad of the Mammoth keeper.
Allie Damren doubled the home team's lead to 2-0 with an assist from Kendall Carr 5:34 into the second stanza following a quick, low shot from the right point. Positioning herself behind the defense at the hash marks, Damren redirected Carr's wrister through the legs of the netminder.
Bringing the Mammoths back within striking distance with 2:34 remaining in regulation, Mia DelRosso netted her third score of the winter to make it 2-1. Corralling the loose puck at center ice, DelRosso weaved through four defenders before rifling a wrist shot from the high slot just inside the right post and into the bottom corner.
Pulling their goaltender for the extra skater with 1:24 on the clock in an effort to record the tying score, Amherst rattled off four shots on target before the final buzzer, however Allegra Grant stood strong in goal as the Cardinals held on to register the 2-1 victory.
- In between the pipes Bailey Plaman '18 (9-5-4) made 17 saves for the Mammoths in the losing effort, while Grant (3-10-4) racked up 39 stops for Wesleyan in the win.
- Amherst owned a dominative 40-19 advantage in shots in the matchup, including an 18-8 edge in the second period.
- Neither side was able to convert on the power play, with Amherst finishing 0-for-4 and Wesleyan going 0-for-1 up a skater.