Amherst Uses Five Second-Frame Goals to Power 6-1 Win Over Bowdoin

AMHERST, MA – The 4th-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team started slow this evening against visiting NESCAC rival Bowdoin College, but scored five goals in the second period to power a 6-1 win. Amherst improves to 2-0 on the season, while Bowdoin drops to 1-2.

Neither team could find the back of the net in the first period as Amherst held an 11-8 edge in shots on goal. Amherst's goaltender Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) and Bowdoin's Kelly Keebler stopped 8 and 11 shots, respectively, in the frame.

The second period saw an explosion of scoring from the Lord Jeffs, who needed just 5:30 of the period before scoring. Sophomore Megan Curry (Shorewood, MN) scored the game's first goal, on an assist from Anna MacLean (Edina, MN). Amherst needed just 24 seconds more before rookie Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) scored the eventual game-winner, putting Amherst up 2-0.

Bowdoin responded 6:56 into the second period when Shelagh Merill finished off assists from Jill Campbell and Dominique Lozzi. The Lord Jeffs refused to let the Polar Bears back into the game, and pumped in another trio of second period scores.

MacLean and Curry each scored on Vitale assists, before first-year Josie Fisher (White River Junction, VT) scored her first collegiate goal on assists from MacLean and junior tri-captain Kirsten Dier (Appleton, WI). In the third period, Vitale scored an insurance goal off helpers from Curry and senior tri-captain Julie Radziewicz (Orlando, FL).

Keebler finished the night with 22 saves in two periods of action, before giving way to Sage Santangelo for another six saves in the third frame. Hu closed out the night with nine saves overall.

Amherst will break for Thanksgiving, before returning for a home and away two-game series against Trinity College next weekend.