Jeffs Blanked by Top-Ranked Middlebury, 4-0

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's hockey team fell victim to undefeated NESCAC foe Middlebury College, 4-0, Friday night at Orr Rink. The No. 1 ranked Panthers (11-0/10-0) now boast a 135-game Division III unbeaten streak, with it's last loss coming at the hands of R.I.T. on January 14, 1995. With the loss, Amherst drops to 4-9 overall and 3-7 in conference play.

Junior defender Amber Neil (Port Crane, NY) tallied two goals and teammate senior forward Nina Kieves (Minneapolis, MN) recorded a goal and an assist to pace the Panthers. Junior netminder Heidi Alexander (Edina, MN) was stellar in net for the Jeffs, finishing with 41 saves, while senior goaltender Megan Hutchinson (Windsor, Nova Scotia) turned away all 13 shots she faced to earn the shut out victory.

The visitors pierced the scoring column 7:41 into the first period when Kieves gathered a rebound off the post and slid the puck past a sprawled out Alexander, giving Middlebury a 1-0 advantage to end the opening stanza. Neil tallied her first goal 14:34 into the second period on the power play, stuffing another rebound into the back of the net. She would strike again on a wrap-a-round attempt early in the third period for her team-leading 10th goal of the season. Sophomore forward Kristin Reid (River Vale, NJ) added a late insurance tally shooting a wrister from the slot over the shoulder of Alexander to set the final score at 4-0.

Amherst returns to action Sunday at 3 p.m. against visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College.