AMHERST, Mass. – A late push by the Mammoths that featured first-year Angelina Wiater's first career goal was not enough to overcome a two-goal deficit, as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team fell to Connecticut College, 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 0-1-1 on the season and in league play, while Connecticut College improves to 1-0-1 overall (1-0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when they travel to non-conference foe New England College for a 4 p.m. matchup.
Getting on the board at the 8:48 mark in the opening period, Jordan Cross tallied her second goal in as many games with an assist from Kyla Floresca to put the visitors ahead. Racing towards net on a 2-v-2, Cross beat her defender to the far left post and redirected a dish from Floresca from the top of the right circle past the Amherst neminder.
The Mammoths best chance of the opening period came at the 2:39 mark as Amherst nearly benefited from a scrum in front of the net after a beneficial bounce off the boards, however the Camels keeper came up with the clutch save on a point-blank shot from Katelyn Pantera '19 to maintain the visitors' edge.
Doubling the Camels lead with 12:20 on the clock in the second stanza, Erin Dillon potted what stood as the game-winner following a turnover in the Mammoths defensive end. Forechecking an Amherst defender in the right corner, Cross forced a turnover before dishing a pass to Dillon in front who one-timed a shot into the nylon.
Threatening with 6:48 to play before the second intermission, the Mammoths made a bid to get on the board as they sent a flurry of shots on target, but once again Carly Demora proved up to the task as she made three quick stops in a nine second span.
Capitalizing on a power play opportunity after a Camel checking penalty, Wiater netted her first collegiate goal at the 8:13 mark in the third period to get the Mammoths within striking distance down the stretch. Working the puck around the zone, a shot from the right point by Kaitlin Hoang '21 made its way to Mia DelRosso '21 down low who put a shot on target that was turned away, however the rebound bounced directly to Waiter who buried her attempt after battling for position on the far left post.
Amherst upped the pressure late, pulling their goalie in the final minute of regulation, but the home team was unable to net the equalizer as Connecticut College held on for the 2-1 victory.
In between the pipes, Anna Kruesel '22 (0-1-0) made 21 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Demora (1-0-1) registered 24 saves for the Camels in the win.
The Mammoths owned the edge in shots on target, 25-23, and finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Connecticut College went 0-for-3 up a skater.