Amherst Defeats Conn 6-0 in Game One of Two-Day Home-Away Series

NEW LONDON, CT – The Amherst College women's ice hockey team picked up a dominant 6-0 win at Connecticut College this afternoon to improve to 18-4-0 (15-0-0 NESCAC) on the year. Amherst will close out the regular season tomorrow against Conn at home, with a perfect 16-0-0 NESCAC mark on the line.

Amherst entered the weekend having already clinched the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship, and looked strong in the first leg of the final weekend of action.

Amherst took a commanding 3-0 lead before the first period was over, with sophomore Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) starting the scoring with a shot from the point 8:01 into the game. Junior Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO) picked up the assist on the eventual game-winner.

Five minutes later, junior defender Kirsten Dier (Appleton, WI) scored on another shot from the point, as first-year Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, MA) grabbed the helper. Sophomore Brittney Evans (Edina, MN) closed out the first period scoring 15:10 into the frame. Classmate Braidie Campbell (Surrey, BC) brought the puck up the ice, and found Megan Curry (Shorewood, MN) for a 2-on-1 with Evans for the score.

In the second period, Amherst's Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) scored the only goal of the frame. With 2:24 to play in the period, Hanlon deflected in a shot from the point, as Clegg and junior Michelle McGann (New Berlin, WI) picked up assists.

In the third period, senior Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) scored a pair of goals to close out the victory. Her first goal came just 2:09 into the third, with assists going to Curry and Dier. Karega's second goal, and Amherst's final score, came 12:55 into the third period, with Zukas assisting.

Amherst junior net-minder Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) finished the game with 25 saves for the shutout win, her third of the year. Lauren Mellen turned away 31 shots in net for Conn.

With the win over the Camels, Amherst improved to 40-0-7 in its last 47 games against NESCAC opponents. The two teams will return to Amherst for the second leg of the home-away series tomorrow at 3 p.m.