Women's Hockey Surges Past William Smith, 6-1

Women's Hockey Surges Past William Smith, 6-1

GENEVA, N.Y. – Down 1-0 after 20 minutes of action, the Mammoths added three goals to the board in each of the final two periods as the Amherst College women's hockey team surged past William Smith College, 6-1 to secure the weekend sweep Sunday evening at The Cooler.

With the win, Amherst improves to 5-3-2 overall, while William Smith's season ledger falls to 7-6-0. Returning to Orr Rink for a four-game home stand, Amherst next hits the ice on Friday, January 10 when they battle Connecticut College beginning at 7:00PM.

Jumping out to an early edge, the Herons needed just 1:07 to grab a 1-0 lead. Gina Scibetta tallied what stood as William Smith's only goal in the bout as she put away Mia LaPlante's rebound after the forward forced a turnover at the Mammoths' blueline.

Sparking a three-goal run by the Mammoths in four-minute span, Angelina Wiater '22 tied it at one all after nearly 30 minutes of scoreless play by Amherst as she grabbed Emma Flynn's '21 rebound behind the goal line on the left post and sent the puck off a skate and into the net.

Giving the Mammoths the lead less than two minutes later, Wiater notched her second goal of the matchup and the game-winner. Capitalizing on a power play chance, Waiter tapped in Stephanie Nomicos's '22 shot from the point that was gloved down by the Heron's keeper.

Senior Anne Malloy recorded the final goal of the second period to put the visitors ahead 3-1 entering intermission. Forcing a turnover in the right corner, Kaitlin Hoang '21 connected with Malloy on a near perfect pass to the far side post.

Continuing their impressive play up front in the third, Amherst logged three more goals before the final buzzer to claim the 6-1 victory.

Making it 4-1 out of the gate, Kate Pohl '23 notched a power play goal 1:23 into the stanza before Mia DelRossa netted the Mammoths' third player-up score of the battle with 7:55 remaining. Carley Daly potted the final dagger for Amherst, beating the Heron's goalkeeper a minute and a half later.

In between the pipes, sophomore Anna Kruesel (1-0-0) picked up her first victory of the season for Amherst, making 18 saves, while Olivia Williams registered 39 stops in the loss for the Herons.

Dominating play in the second period to outshoot William Smith 23-3 in the stanza, the Mammoths finished the night with a 45-19 advantage in shots on target and went 3-for-5 on the power play, while the Herons went 0-for-3 up a skater.