Amherst Defeats Wesleyan for Second Time in as Many Days

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College women's ice hockey team defeated Little Three rival Wesleyan University for the second time in as many days, upending the Cardinals 5-1 on Sunday after a 3-0 victory on Saturday. The Jeffs improve to 3-1 (3-1 NESCAC), and the Cardinals fall to 1-3 (1-3 NESCAC) on the young season.

Wesleyan played short-handed for 8:34 during the opening period due to several penalties, but did not give up a power-play goal.  Amherst did get on the board 28 seconds after the fifth Wesleyan penalty expired as senior tri-captain Alena Harrison (Westwood, MA) picked up the rebound of a shot by first-year Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) from the right circle that bounced off the left goal post.  Harrison then sent home a back-handed shot right along the ice into the center of the net at 18:47 for the only goal of the period.
Amherst added a pair of goals in the second period when first-year Michelle McGann (New Berlin, WI) hit sophomore Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) with a centering pass from the right, which Karega fired home from the slot, and first-year Annie Morrow (Buffalo, NY) found senior tri-captain Kirsten Forsberg (Kenilworth, IL) in front with a pass from behind the net. The Jeffs headed into the final stanza with a 3-0 lead.

Wesleyan's lone goal of the game came in the third period when a shot from the left side by first-year Conner Brannen (Lyme, NH) was stopped by first-year Amherst goalie Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC), but the puck remained in play alongside the goalie's left pad.  Junior Jessica Fischer (Putnam Valley, NY) of Wesleyan got to the loose puck and put it in for her first goal of the season at 14:19.  Amherst added a Karega power-play goal at 17:33 and an empty-net goal from Siarnacki at 18:49 to close out the scoring.

Elek finished with 13 saves while sophomore Rachel Stemerman (Williamsville, NY) made 28 stops over the first two periods for Wesleyan before being replaced by sophomore Hilary Schreiber (Bloomfield Hills, MI) in the final period.  Schreiber made 12 saves during her time in net.

The Jeffs return to action this Friday when they will travel to NESCAC archrival Williams College for a key conference match-up at 7 p.m.