AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths struck first to own the lead after 20 minutes of action and Caitlin Walker '22 racked up 36 stops in between the pipes, however a late goal by the Soaring Eagles proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College women's hockey team was edged by No. 3/3 Elmira College, 2-1 Friday evening at Orr Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 2-3-1 on the season, while Elmira improves to 6-1-1 overall. Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 8 when they host non-conference foe Oswego beginning at 3 p.m.
Nearly grabbing the edge at the 12:30 mark, Devyn Gilman looked to get the visitors on the board on a 2-v-1 opportunity as she collected a pass in the slot and powered a wrister on frame, however Walker stood strong in between the pipes to register the kick save.
Capitalizing on a Soaring Eagles too many players on the ice penalty with under three minutes remaining in the opening stanza, Mia DelRosso '21 buried her second goal of the winter with assists from Jamie McNamara '19 and Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Controlling the puck in the offensive zone, McNamara poked the puck back to DelRosso at the left point who ripped a perfectly placed wrist shot into the bottom left hand corner.
Getting it back 1:43 into the second period, Shannon Strawinski beat the Amherst netminder to even things at 1-1. Maddie Evangelous set up the Elmira scoring play as she picked off a D-to-D pass behind the Mammoths' goal and sent a dish to Strawinski in the low slot who one-timed a shot over the goal line.
Senior Katelyn Pantera had one of Amherst's best chances of the stanza at the 15:36 mark as the loose puck found its way to her in the high right slot, however her wrist shot was gloved down the Stephanie Martin.
Fending off a Soaring Eagles 5-v-3 power play early in the third period after back-to-back tripping penalties, Katie Savage '19 nearly put the Mammoths' back out ahead with 15:24 on the clock as she was hit was a pass behind the defense after exiting the box to earn a breakaway. Deking to her forehand and putting a quick wrist shot on target, Martin proved up to the task, as she recorded the glove stop for Elmira.
Potting what stood as the game-winner with 1:12 remaining in regulation, Evangelous tallied her third score of the season to lift Elmira to the win. Setting up at the top of the slot, Evangelous tipped Kiana Melvin's wrist shot from the right point over shoulder of the Amherst keeper and into the top left corner.
In net, Walker (1-2-1) racked up 36 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Martin (4-1-1) recorded 16 stops for Elmira in the win.
The Soaring Eagles owned a 38-17 edge in shots on frame and went 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Mammoths finished 1-for-2 up a skater.