AMHERST, Mass. – Three different Mammoths recorded their first career goal and the home team finished the bout with a 53-13 advantage in shots on frame, as the Amherst College women's hockey team cruised past Utica College, 7-1, Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-2-1 on the season, while Utica drops to 3-4-0 overall. Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Sunday, December 1 when they host non-conference foe Nazareth beginning at 1PM.
Taking an early lead 2:39 into the battle, first-year Avery Flynn netted her first collegiate goal with assists from seniors Ava Simoncelli and Anne Malloy. Collecting a dish at the left point, A. Flynn snuck a wrister off the keeper's stick and inside the near post to put the Mammoths ahead, 1-0.
Doubling the home team's advantage six minutes later, Jillian Mazzocca '23 potted her team-leading fourth goal of the winter. Emerging from a scrum on the boards with the puck, Mazzocca curled around the top of the right circle and powered a wrist shot from the high slot off a defender and over the glove of the Pioneer's goaltender. Carley Daly '23 and Elizabeth Holubiak '22 were credited with the assists on the score.
Tacking on another marker with 10:33 on the clock, Amherst made it a 3-0 contest at the end of the first period behind junior Natalie Lima's first career goal donning the Purple & White. Coming up with the initial stop on Rose Mroczka's '21 redirect on a shot from the point, Savannah Gutierrez turned away the Mammoths' first attempt, but Lima crashed the net hard to be in the right place at the right time and put away the rebound on the right post.
Ricki Haab and Erica Sloan teamed up for the Pioneers' best chance to get on the board in the opening 20 minutes, with Habb forcing a turnover just inside their defensive end and quickly transitioning to offense to earn a clear path to net. Dropping the puck, Haab found Sloan alone in the high slot who sent a laser on target, however Caitlin Walker '22 proved up to the task and recorded the shoulder save on the wrister.
Extending the home team's lead to 6-0 at the end of the second stanza, the Mammoths added three goals to the board, including two power play scores, over the next 20 minutes of action.
Hitting nylon on a 5-v-3 2:59 into the period, Anne Malloy '20 powered a wrist shot from the point over the line, before Carley Daly '23 became the third Mammoth to notch her first career goal on the day as she capitalized on a 5-v-4 and slid a backhander inside the left post.
Mroczka tallied the final score for the home team before intermission, with the junior beating the Pioneers' keeper low blocker side on a 2-v-1 rush alongside Kaitlin Hoang '21.
Potting what stood as the lone Amherst goal of the third period, first-year Kate Pohl logged her third of the year at the 11:39 mark as she dangled her defender and quickly deked to her forehand before sending a snapshot under the blocker of the Pioneers' netminder to set the score at 7-0.
Avoiding the shut out with 7:31 remaining in regulation, Sloan notched her fifth of the winter for the visitors with helpers from Holly Silva and Georgiana Santullo. Capitalizing on a power play opportunity, Sloan set up in front of the net and put home Silva's rebound with a low backhander.
All three Mammoths keepers saw time in between the pipes, with Walker (1-2-2) earning the win behind five stops in 30:08. Anna Kruesel '22 made two saves in 20:33 in relief, while Caroline Booraem '20 registered five stops in the final 9:19. Gutierrez (1-2-0) took the loss for the Pioneers, racking up 46 saves on the day.
Amherst owned a 53-13 advantage in shots on target, including a 24-4 edge in the first stanza, and went 2-for-11 on the power play, while Utica finished 1-for-8 up a skater.