Jeffs Suffer 4-3 Setback to Southern Maine

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's hockey team held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, but visiting non-conference opponent Southern Maine (USM) scored three goals over a span of 1:23 in the third period to skate to a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies got goals from four different players and first-year Katie Quartuccio (Poughkeepsie, NY) tallied three assists en route to the win, as USM improved to 4-14-2, while Amherst fell to 5-9-5.

The Lord Jeffs drew first blood as sophomore Meg Dickoff (Minnetonka, MN) put home a rebound from junior Leah Kaplan (Buffalo, NY) at the 14:31-mark of the first period. Amherst improved its lead to 2-0 in the opening minute of the second as Kaplan sent a backhander through the legs of USM sophomore goaltender Justene Larnerd (Cherry Hill, NJ). However, the Huskies countered just 44 seconds later when first-year Courtney Feeney (Framingham, MA) followed her own shot and flipped the puck high to the glove side to trim the deficit to 2-1. Amherst outshot the Huskies 16-6 in the second, but was unable to solve Larnerd for the remainder of the frame.

Amherst held a 2-1 edge entering the third, but a pair of Jeff penalties saw them on the short end of a 5-on-3 power play at the 4:06-mark. USM sophomore Jennifer Carboni (Cheshire, CT) knotted the game at 2-2 at 4:28, and the Huskies added a second power-play goal just 27 seconds later, with sophomore Jessica Lortie (Cooper City, FL) cashing in on a rebound to give USM its first lead of the game at 3-2. Southern Maine capped its scoring at 5:51 as junior Audra Hill (Braintree, MA) went end-to-end and put a shot high to the glove side to give the Huskies a two-goal advantage. The Lord Jeffs were able to trim the lead to 4-3 just under eight minutes into the third, when junior Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT) converted a 2-on-1 opportunity with first-year Elizabeth Ditmore (Excelsior, MN). Amherst had several solid opportunities in the closing minutes, but was unable find the net again.

Amherst sophomore goalie Lindsay Grabowski (Princeton, NJ) grabbed 23 saves, while Larnerd posted 38 for the Huskies.

Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. against visiting non-conference foe Holy Cross.