Jeffs Overcome Early Deficit, Earn 3-1 Win at Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, VT – Middlebury College held a 1-0 lead early but couldn't hang on, as Amherst College picked up a 3-1 win in Kenyon Arena Friday evening in women's ice hockey action. The seventh-ranked Panthers fall to 7-4 (5-2-0 NESCAC), while the top-ranked Jeffs improve to 9-1-2 (6-0-1 NESCAC). The teams will go at it again Saturday, with face-off set for 3 p.m. at Middlebury.

Amherst held on to first place in the NESCAC standings as the lone team yet to suffer a conference loss. The Lord Jeffs improved their unbeaten streak in regular season NESCAC play to 49 games (41-0-8). Although Middlebury holds a commanding lead in the all-time series, the Jeffs are 5-1-3 against the Panthers in the past nine meetings.

Middlebury grabbed its lead 5:32 into the game, with Maggie Woodward netting a power play goal for her third tally of the season. Amherst sophomore netminder Sinead Murphy (Rochester, MN) made a pair of saves from close-range, but Woodward quickly slipped the puck into an open net for the lead.

The Jeffs tied the game with a power play goal of their own 4:47 into the second period. Sophomore defenseman Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, MA) found the back of the net for the third time this season, with first-year Geneva Lloyd (Calgary, Alberta) earning an assist. Amherst took its first lead of the game with 5:10 remaining in the period, when Josie Fisher (Norwich, VT) scored her seventh goal of the year, coming from behind the net.

The Jeffs gained some breathing room 4:52 into the third, when Cianna Wyshnytzky (Hawthorn Woods, IL) scored her second of the season. Molly Malloy's (Stamford, CT) shot from the point was saved, as Wyshnytzky pounced on the rebound and finished.

Murphy finished with 11 saves to earn the win, while Alexi Bloom made 20 stops for the Panthers.