AMHERST, Mass. – Tied at one all heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation, a two score third period by the Bantams proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College women's hockey team was edged by Trinity College, 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 2-2-1 on the season and to 1-2-1 in league play, while Trinity improves to 2-3-0 overall (1-3-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice on Friday, Dec. 7 when they host Elmira in a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup.
Earning a breakaway just over a minute into the battle, Olivia White nearly put the visitors ahead early as she split the defense at her defensive blue line and skated the length of the ice, however her wrister from the high slot was gloved down by the Mammoths' keeper.
Responding 30 seconds later, Mia DelRosso '21 netted her first goal of the season with assists from Rose Mroczka '21 and Kaitlin Hoang '21. Working the puck around the zone, Mroczka found DelRosso on the left point who powered a wrist shot over the shoulder of Kai-Lilly Karpman, blocker side to give Amherst the edge, 1-0.
Tallying the Bantams first goal of the series, Bailey McKeon deadlocked the contest at 1-1 with 4:17 remaining in the stanza. Holding momentum in the offensive zone, a shot by Katie Marsden through traffic was met with a kick save, but the rebound deflected to McKeon in the high slot who sent a quick shot off the keeper and over the goal line.
Their second break away of the opening period, McKeon made a bid for her second goal of the game while down a skater with 1:52 on the clock, however once again Caitlin Walker '22 stood strong in between the pipes and stonewalled the attempt with a glove stop.
Taking their first lead at the 12:32 mark in the third period, Caelin Flaherty potted what stood as the game-winner. Winning the faceoff at the right dot, Lauren Mac master found Flaherty in the slot for the one-time score.
Notching a final insurance tally for the visitors with 5:24 to play in regulation, Angelica Mushenko capitalized on a dish from Karinna Cave-Hawkins as she earned a clear path to net down the left boards and sent a shot off the keeper and over the goal line.
In between the pipes, Walker (1-1-1) made 24 stops for the Mammoths in the losing effort, while Karpman (2-3-0) racked up 32 saves for Trinity in the win.
Amherst owned a 33-27 advantage in shots on target and finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Bantams went 0-for-2 up a skater.