Top-Ranked Lord Jeffs Open Season with 7-0 Win Over Wesleyan

Rookie Ashley Salerno had a goal and an assist
in her collegiate debut this evening.

AMHERST, MA – The top-ranked Amherst College women’s ice hockey team opened up its season this evening with the first of a two-game back-to-back home series against NESCAC and Little Three archrival Wesleyan University. The two-time defending national champion Lord Jeffs kicked off their 2010-11 season in style, cruising to a 7-0 win over the Cardinals.

The victory is the 14th straight win over Wesleyan for Amherst, with the Cardinals last picking up a win in the series in 2003. The Lord Jeffs (1-0/1-0 NESCAC) and the Cardinals (0-1/0-1) will return to the ice at Orr Rink tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. for the series finale.

Wesleyan held Amherst off the board for just 6:42 of the first period, before senior Brittany Evans (Edina, MN) was able to bang home her own rebound for the opening score of the game. The Lord Jeffs stretched their lead to 2-0 just 24 seconds later as sophomore Geneva Lloyd (Calgary, Alberta) found the top corner of the Wesleyan net with a wrist shot from the slot.

Less than three minutes into the second period, Amherst rookie Ashley Salerno (Brunswick, ME) scored her first collegiate goal on a slap shot from the point. The power play goal has assists from Julia Koch (Rochester Hills, MI) and Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT).

Just after the midpoint of the second period, Amherst scored its fourth goal of the game off a shot from the point by Lloyd. The long drive went just wide of the net, but Ellen Swiontkowski (Minnetonka, MN) stuffed the rebound back into the goal mouth after it caromed off the boards. Wesleyan netminder Ashleigh Corvi made the save on Swiontkowski, but Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, MA) was there on the doorstep to punch the rebound home.

With only 2:47 to play before the second intermission, Amherst sophomore Kaitlyn McInnis (Franklin, MA) sent Swiontkowski in alone on Corvi. The Lord Jeff forward left no doubt, lifting a snap shot glove side high for a 5-0 lead.

In the third period Amherst added insurance goals from Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) and Josie Fisher (Norwich, VT) to seal the win at 7-0. The Lord Jeffs held a 48-8 advantage in shots on net. Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) made eight saves for the shutout win, while Corvi turned away 41 shots in the loss.