Courtesy of Hamilton College
CLINTON, N.Y. – Geneva Lloyd '13 scored two goals to lead the seventh-ranked Amherst College women's hockey team to a 5-1 win over Hamilton College Friday evening at Russell Sage Rink.
Josie Fisher '12 recorded a goal and an assist, while Erin Babineau '12 and Melissa Martin '15 each scored once for the Lord Jeffs (1-0-0, 1-0-0 NESCAC). Jill Tokarczyk '14 netted a late goal for Hamilton (0-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC) on an assist from Riley Smith '12.
Play was fairly even early on until Amherst capitalized on a two-skater advantage when Babineau collected a loose puck in front of the Hamilton net and buried it for a 1-0 lead. The goal came at 15:52, with Fisher getting credit for the assist.
Amherst doubled its lead barely a minute later just as Hamilton's second penalty expired. Hayley Opperman '14 played the puck from the right corner back to Martin, who fired a one-timer from the point into the top corner to make it a 2-0 game heading into the first intermission.
Amherst pushed its lead to 3-0 just 33 seconds into the second period when Tori Salmon '15 turned from the right corner and connected with Fisher in front of the Hamilton net for a one-time shot inside the far post.
The Lord Jeffs went up 4-0 at 3:19 of the second when Lloyd netted the first of her two goals by collecting a loose puck in front of the Hamilton net and redirecting it past goaltender Becca Hazlett '13. Each team had several good chances later on in the second period, but after neither could capitalize, Amherst held a 4-0 advantage at the second intermission.
Lloyd scored the Lord Jeffs' fifth goal at 3:31 of the third off an assist from Stephanie Clegg '12. Clegg played the puck forward to Lloyd on the right side, and the Amherst junior fired a slapshot that found the back of the Hamilton net to make it a 5-0 contest.
Hamilton had several rushes later in the third but was unable to break through. After a five-minute major penalty was assessed to Amherst, Hamilton played the last 4:56 of the game with a 5-on-4 advantage. The Continentals finally got on the board at 16:11 of the period when Tokarczyk scored off a feed from Smith to make it 5-1.
Amherst goaltender Sinead Murphy '12 made 15 saves for the Lord Jeffs, and Hazlett stopped 31 shots for Hamilton. The Jeffs held a 36-16 advantage in shots and went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Hamilton was 1-for-8.
The two teams will meet tomorrow for another NESCAC game at Amherst College at 4 p.m.