GENEVA, N.Y. – Striking in all three periods, including twice in the opening 11 minutes, the Amherst College women's hockey team started off 2020 on a high note as the Mammoths downed non-conference foe William Smith College, 4-1 Saturday evening at The Cooler.
With the victory, Amherst improves to 4-3-2 on the season, while William Smith falls to 7-5-0 overall. The Mammoths are back at it again tomorrow, Sunday, January 5 when they hit the ice for a rematch against the Herons at 4:00PM.
Capitalizing on a Herons interference penalty 59 seconds in to the matchup, first-year Carley Daly netted her third score of the winter at the 1:35 mark with helpers from Leslie Schwartz '23 and Mia DelRosso '21. Controlling the puck at the point, DelRossa hit Schwartz down low on the right side who quickly sent a dish to Daly on the far post for the one-time score.
Doubling their advantage at the 10:56 mark, DelRosso forced a turnover at the Mammoths' defensive blueline and chipped the puck past a defender and to Jillian Mazzocca '23 who made the most of the ensuing 2-v-1 opportunity. Racing down the right boards, Mazzocca faked the pass wide and slid a shot past the Herons' netminder, short-side.
Adding another marker to the board after nearly 30 minutes of scoreless action, Emma Flynn '21 potted her first goal of the season to put Amherst ahead 3-0 entering the third stanza. Working the puck out of the left corner, a dish to Schwartz at the far point set up the score as her low wrister was deflected by E. Flynn into the nylon.
Avoiding the Mammoths' shut out bid with 9:11 remaining in regulation, Mia LaPlante made the most of a William Smith power play chance to cut the visitor's lead to 3-1. Getting the puck to the right dot, Julianna Gong's wrister was turned away by the Amherst netminder, however the rebound deflected directly to LaPlante in the high slot for the second chance score.
Sophomore Angelina Wiater logged the final dagger to lift the visitors to the 4-1 win, sending the puck across the goal line and into an empty net with 1:22 on the clock.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (4-3-2) registered 18 saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Amanda Aalto (1-1-0) made 11 stops in 20 minutes for the Herons in the loss. Olivia Williams added 25 saves for William Smith in 40 minutes in relief.
Putting double-digit shots on target in all three periods, the Mammoths owned a 40-19 advantage in shots in the bout and went a perfect 2-for-2 up a skater, while the Herons also executed in their lone power play chance.