Jeffs Split at Hamilton

CLINTON, NY - The Amherst College women's ice hockey team split a pair of games at NESCAC rival Hamilton College over the weekend, losing 3-1 on Saturday but rebounding on Sunday with a 6-4 come-from-behind victory. Junior forward Leah Kaplan (Buffalo, NY) had two goals and an assist in the win, while sophomore forward Tes Siarnacki (Gardner, MA) notched a goal in each game and a pair of assists on Sunday. Amherst moved to 2-1-1 (2-1-1 NESCAC) on the season, while Hamilton improved to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Amherst took an early lead on Saturday as Siarnacki stuffed home a rebounded shot from first-year Elizabeth Ditmore (Excelsior, MN) at the 7:06-mark of the first period. However, the Continentals answered just under four minutes later as senior Marissa Halligan found the net. Sophomore Kristina Carroll gave Hamilton the lead with 7:38 remaining, and junior Zoe Baldwin added an insurance goal 18:51 into the second session to seal the win. The Continentals outshot the Jeffs 28-7 over the first two periods and 39-18 for the game.

Hamilton raced out to a 3-0 lead on Sunday as Baldwin netted a pair of scores and Halligan added one, forcing the Jeffs to take an early timeout with 7:39 remaining in the first period. Kaplan came out firing after the timeout, notching a pair of goals to cut the lead to 3-2 at the first intermission. Continental rookie Jodi Raymond regained Hamilton's two-goal edge in the opening minutes of the second frame, but Siarnacki responded with a power-play goal at the 5:01-mark. First-year Meg Quinn (Wakefield, MA) evened the count five minutes later, and junior Renee Sisti (Conventry, CT) tallied the eventual game-winner with just 20 seconds left in the session. Sophomore Rachel Simon (West Orange, NJ) tacked on an insurance score in the final period as Siarnacki and Quinn fed her on the power play. Simon dished out a team-high three assists as well.

Amherst rookie netminder Stacey Johnston (Kingston, Ontario) started both games in goal, nabbing a combined 57 saves, while sophomore Caitlin Connelly grabbed 44 for Hamilton over the weekend.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. at top-ranked Middlebury College.