Jeffs Suffer 3-1 Loss to #8 Elmira in Title Game

Lloyd Courtesy of Plattsburgh State

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Amherst College women's hockey team jumped out to a 1-0 lead against eighth-ranked Elmira College, but the Soaring Eagles scored the final three goals en route to the 2011 Cardinal-Panther Classic title at Plattsburgh State's Stafford Ice Arena.

Amherst drops to 3-1 on the young season, while Elmira improves to 6-1-1. The Lord Jeffs will return to action this Friday when they begin a two-game series with Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. in Middletown, Conn.  

Sunday marked the third consecutive year in which Amherst and Elmira competed in the finals of the Cardinal-Panther Classic. The Soaring Eagles won the 2009 meeting, 2-1, while the Lord Jeffs came out on top a year ago, 1-0. 

Junior defenseman Geneva Lloyd (Calgary, Alberta) gave Amherst a 1-0 lead at 14:38 of the first period. With the Jeffs on the power play, Lloyd took a shot from the point that got through the screen and beat Elmira goaltender Lauren Sullivan. Ashley Salerno '14 (Brunswick, Maine) picked up an assist on the goal.

Less than four minutes later, Tori Charron answered back with an unassisted goal for Elmira to send the teams to the locker room tied at 1-1 after one period.

Elmira's Ashley Ryan scored what stood up as the game winner just 25 seconds into the second period. Tanis Lamoureux put the game away with 29 seconds left in regulation on an empty netter for her fifth goal of the year.

Sophomore Kerri Stuart (Tewksbury, Mass.) made 22 stops in the loss for Amherst. Sullivan recorded 26 saves between the pipes for the Soaring Eagles, as she was named Most Valuable Player of the Cardinal-Panther Classic after allowing one goal on 42 shots over the weekend.