Amherst, MA – The Amherst College women's hockey team kicked off their season with a dominating 4-1 victory over visiting NESCAC opponent Colby College. Four different scorers lead the way for the Jeffs while rookie netminder Krysten Elek (Summerville, SC) picked up her first career victory. Amherst improves to 1-0 on the season and 1-0 in the NESCAC while the Mules fall to 0-1 overall (0-1 NESCAC).
Colby controlled the opening minutes and struck first at 4:10 of the period when Amanda Comeau (Southbury. CT) finished off a rebound just outside the crease while Rebecca Julian (South Windsor, CT) and Laura Anning (Ingramport, NS) collecting the assists on the play. The goal seemed to energize the Jeffs who proceeded to apply steady offensive pressure throughout the period, but failed to knot the score before the first intermission.
Amherst continued to control the play and rookie defenseman Kristen Dier (Appleton, WI) equalized the game six minutes into the second stanza. Dier made a tremendous individual play skating down the left side before cutting across the middle and burying the puck on a diving shot. Amherst snatched the lead less than three minutes later when sophomore Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) built off last years reputation for scoring short-handed goals. Karega collected a loose puck in her own zone and skated in alone before beating Colby goaltender Genevieve Triganne (Point-Claire, QC) stick side on a crafty move.
The third period belonged to the Jeffs who took a two-goal lead when junior winger Natanya Khazzam (Montreal, QC) gathered a nifty feed from junior forward Megan Quinn (Wakefield, MA) and slid a shot underneath Triganne. Rookie forward Kate Dennet tallied her first career score with five minutes to play in regulation when she received a pass from fellow rookie forward Michelle McGann (New Berlin, WI) and fired a wrister into the net from the right slot.
Triganne finished the game with 35 stops for the Mules while Elek made 12 saves in her Amherst College debut.
The Jeffs return to action tomorrow afternoon when they welcome NESCAC power and ninth-ranked Bowdoin College at 3 p.m.