Jeffs Open Season with 4-4 Overtime Tie Against Trinity

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's ice hockey team opened its season with a 4-4 overtime tie with visiting NESCAC foe Trinity College on Friday night. Sophomore Rachel Simon (West Orange, NJ) led the Jeffs with two goals and an assist, including the game-tying score late in the third period, while Trinity junior Tara Borawski (Simsbury, CT) had a goal and an assist for the Bantams.

Amherst first-year Elizabeth Ditmore (Excelsior, MN) opened the scoring just 3:49 into play as she took a feed from sophomore Tes Siarnacki (Gardner, MA), fired a shot on goal and stuffed home her own rebound for a 1-0 advantage. Junior Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT) pushed the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal with just over a minute left in the opening frame. Junior co-captain Amanda Mattei (Windsor, CT) fired a slap shot from near the blue line and Sisti deflected it home for the score. Amherst sophomore goalie Lindsay Grabowski (Princeton, NJ) had an outstanding opening session as she stonewalled a Trinity breakaway and denied a point-blank shot en route to seven first-period saves.

The Bantams pulled within one 4:48 into the second period as first-year Erin Fitzgerald (Ridgefield, CT) slipped in a wrister from the left side. Amherst regained its two-goal edge with 2:29 left in the session as Siarnacki fed Simon across the crease for the score, but first-year Alexandra Schmidt (Milton, MA) pulled Trinity back within one sending a wrist shot top shelf at the 19:20-mark.

Four straight Amherst penalties led to a pair of Trinity power-play goals in the third period. Borawski tallied the first score, capitalizing on a scrum in front of the net, and rookie Megan Fallon (Minneapolis, MN) netted the second off assists from classmate Lila Claghorn (New York, NY) and sophomore Christine Ryan (Westwood, MA). Simon evened the count with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation as she snagged a rebounded shot by first-year Katharine Kelly (Milwaukee, WI) and flipped in the game's final score as neither team could score in overtime.

Amherst returns to action tomorrow (Sunday) at 3 p.m. against visiting NESCAC rival Wesleyan University.