Jeffs Remain Perfect in NESCAC with 4-3 Win at Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, ME – The fifth-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team skated to a 4-1 lead and held off a furious Bowdoin rally to take a 4-3 victory on Friday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena in Brunswick. The Jeffs improve to 9-3-0 (9-0-0 NESCAC) as Bowdoin drops to 3-8-1 (1-6-1 NESCAC) this season.

Amherst's unbeaten streak against conference opponents increased to 41 games, as the Lord Jeffs are 34-0-7 against NESCAC teams dating back to December of the 2006-07 season.  

Bowdoin goaltender Sage Santangelo single-handedly kept the Polar Bears in the contest in the opening frame, as Amherst held a 14-3 advantage in shots. Despite her efforts, the Jeffs were able to knock one home late in the frame when a Julia Koch (Rochester Hills, MI) slapshot was tipped in front by junior Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO) and into the cage with just 1:29 remaining in the period.

After a few early penalties in the second period, the Jeffs were able to cash in on a power play chance when junior tri-captain Kirsten Dier (Appleton, WI) skated around the circle and deposited a top-shelf goal at 8:47. Bowdoin answered quickly when Maria Nicolais played a perfect pass ahead to Dominique Lozzi for the first-year's seventh goal of the year at 9:54.

Later in the frame, Amherst increased its lead to 3-1 when Koch finished off a scrum in front of the crease at 12:25. The teams traded late goals in the period as Amherst's Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) scored with 42 ticks remaining in the period before Bowdoin's Lindsay McNamara picked up a loose puck and fired a shot to the lower right corner with 27 seconds left.

The Polar Bears trimmed the lead to 4-3 late in the final period as Nicolais caused an Amherst defender to cough up the puck. The junior took the puck in on a breakaway and tucked a backhanded shot into the corner to make it a one-goal game with 2:47 left. Bowdoin couldn't find the game-tying goal, though, as Amherst clung to victory.

Sophomore Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) made 12 saves for Amherst. Santangelo finished with 30 for the Polar Bears. The Lord Jeffs will continue their Maine road trip Saturday when they take on Colby College at 3 p.m. The Jeffs defeated the Mules in the 2008-09 season opener, 4-1.