AMHERST, Mass. – Gathering the puck at the blue line with 19.3 seconds remaining in regulation, sophomore Stephanie Nomicos played hero for the Mammoths as she sent a wrist shot into the bottom right corner to lift the Amherst College women's ice hockey team past Connecticut College, 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the series sweep, Amherst improves to 7-3-2 on the season and to 3-2-1 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 7-5-0 overall (2-4-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 14 when they host No. 3 Norwich University. Opening faceoff at Orr Rink is slated for 7:00PM.
Jumping out to a 1-0 lead 4:24 into the matchup, junior Kaitlin Hoang sent a highlight reel unassisted strike into the nylon for her third goal of the winter. Intercepting a wrap around by the Camels' defense on the left boards, Hoang juked a defender before ripping a snap shot from the bottom of the circle over the blocker of the Connecticut College keeper and into the top corner.
The second period was an exciting one despite neither side adding the board, with both the Mammoths and the Camels earning several lose calls.
A heads-up pass from Lauren Helm from inside her own zone to the opposite blue line set up Erin Dillon with a breakaway with 14:20 on the clock, but Leslie Schwartz '23 countered with a great play of her own as she got just enough of her stick on the puck at the last minute from behind Dillon to push the shot off target.
Camille Phelan pushed to tally their first Camel goal of the weekend with 5:54 before the break, as Kyla Floresca sent a pass to Phelan in the slot from the right boards. Quickly deking to her forehand as the Mammoths' keeper slid to the far post and sending a shot into a seemingly wide-open net, Caitlin Walker '22 robbed Floresca as she reached behind to come up with a stellar glove save.
Deadlocking the score at one all 3:54 into the third period, Erin Dillon capitalized on a Mammoths' tripping penalty to tally her 10th goal of the year. Needing only 11 seconds from the start of the power play to find the back of the net, Dillon one-timed Lauren Helm's dish from the top of the blue line to the low left post into the nearside top corner.
Sending Mammoths' fans to their feet with 19.3 seconds on the clock, Nomicos played hero for the home team to lift Amherst to its fifth straight victory. Corralling a dish from Kate Pohl '23 in the middle of the ice just inside the blue line, Nomicos powered a wrister through traffic and over the outstretched pad of the Camels' keeper.
In between the pipes, Walker (6-3-2) registered 14 stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while Carly Denora (5-4-0) also made 14 stops in the loss for the Camels.
The Mammoths owned a slight 16-15 edge in shots on frame and went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Connecticut College finished 1-for-3 up a skater.