Women's Hockey Completes Sweep of Wesleyan With 4-0 Win

Fisher2 Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Sixth-ranked Amherst College completed a weekend sweep of NESCAC rival Wesleyan with a 4-0 road victory over the Cardinals in Middletown, Conn.

Amherst, now 5-1 on the year and 4-0 in NESCAC play, has won the last 17 meetings against its Little Three rival, dropping Wesleyan to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in conference action this season.

Amherst opened up the scoring with an unassisted first-period tally off the stick of first-year Tori Salmon (Batavia, N.Y.). Salmon's cross deflected off a Wesleyan skate and into the net with 8:36 gone for her second goal of the year. The Lord Jeffs made it 2-0 at 16:49 courtesy of Melissa Martin '15 (Berkley, Mass.). Martin's wrist shot from the left circle beat Wesleyan junior netminder Ashleigh Corvi (Barrington, R.I.) on her glove side, giving Martin the first of her two goals on the afternoon. Sophomores Avery Stone (Providence, R.I.) and Ashley Salerno (Brunswick, Maine) picked up assists on the goal, Martin's fourth.

Senior Josie Fisher (Norwich, Vt.) made it a 3-0 game 5:51 into the second when her shot from 20 feet out went through the five-hole. The goal was the fourth of 2011-12 for Fisher, with assists going to seniors Erin Babineau (St. Paul, Minn.) and Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, Mass.). Martin added her second goal of the game at 11:41, putting home a one-timer off a pass from Salmon. Martin leads the Lord Jeffs with five goals this season.

Sophomore Kerri Stuart (Tewksbury, Mass.) got the start in goal for Amherst and recorded 13 stops for her second career shutout and first of 2011-12. Corvi finished with 45 saves in the Wesleyan net.

Amherst evened up the all-time series at 21-21-2 with its victory, as Wesleyan had won 21 of the first 27 meetings between the two teams before the Lord Jeffs' current streak. Amherst has outscored Wesleyan 89-7 during its 17-game run, including a 59-0 margin in the last 10 games. Wesleyan's last win over the Lord Jeffs came at home on Nov. 22, 2003. Amherst also improved to 57-3-8 in regular-season NESCAC play over the past five seasons.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Dec. 10 when they play host to SUNY Oswego.