#4 Amherst Falls to #5 Norwich on the Road, 5-2

Emily Vitale had a goal and an assist in the loss.

NORTHFIELD, VT - The 4th-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team took a 2-1 lead late in the first period and held that advantage into the final period a #5 Norwich University this afternoon. The Lord Jeffs surrendered four unanswered goals in the final 13 minutes of the game to suffer a 5-2 loss.

Norwich scored the first goal of the night just 1:01 into the game as Renee Lortie beat Amherst netminder Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA). Assists on the even-strength goal were awarded to Julie Fortier and Melissa Rundlett.

The Cadet's lead held for just over four minutes, as Amherst junior Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) scored her fifth goal of the season to equalize 5:23 into the game. Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, MA) and Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) picked up the helpers on the Hanlon tally.

With just 12 seconds to play in the first period, Vitale score her first goal of the season to put Amherst up 2-1. The unassisted goal sent the Jeffs into the first intermission carrying all of the momentum on their side. Norwich out-shot Amherst 13-9 in the opening period, but Amherst went into the first break up a goal.

The second period saw the Cadets out-shoot the Lord Jeffs 11-5, but neither team was able to scored a goal during a frame that saw each team have just a single power-play each.

Seven minutes into the third period, Norwich tied the game on Sophie Leclerc’s 10th goal of the season. Caitie Banfield and Sarianne Lynn assisted on the game-tying goal. Less than four minutes later, Rundlett scored the eventual game-winner, finishing off a feed from Fortier to steal the lead back for the Cadets at 3-2.

Leclerc added her 11th of the year with less than five minutes remaining to stretch the lead to 4-2, and Rundlett put home an empty-netter with 40 seconds to play to seal the win. Fortier finished the night with three assists, while Leclerc and Rundlett scored two goals apiece.

Hu (2-2-0) made 26 saves in the loss, surrendering four of the five goals. Norwich got 22 saves from Cindy Fortin, who improved to 6-1-0 on the year in net.