Amherst Wins First-Ever Meeting with Neumann, 3-1
Junior Lindsey Harrington recorded a goal and an assist in the win.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s ice hockey team increased its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 3-1 win over visiting Neumann College, as the Lord Jeffs (14-3-3/9-0-3 NESCAC) have not tasted defeat since the first week in January. Amherst’s win marked the end of its non-conference schedule, with the next game scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15 at Williams College. The Knights fell to 9-9-3 with the loss.
The Amherst and Neumann women’s hockey programs had never faced each other prior to Sunday’s game, and it was the Lord Jeffs who struck first in the series. First-year Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) had her eyes on an open teammate but whiffed on her pass attempt, but it was enough to fake out her defender, as Zukas was left with an open view of the goal. She sent the puck toward the net and allowed junior Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) to finish the job and put Amherst on the board after nine minutes and 27 seconds of first-period action.
Harrington and first-year Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) set up sophomore Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) for the Jeffs’ second goal less than six minutes later, marking Hanlon’s 12th helper on the year and Harrington’s 10th. Amherst nearly tacked on another goal just 20 seconds later on a 2-on-0 breakaway, but Neumann rookie net-minder Mel Brunet came up with a sprawling save. Amherst junior Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) went on a breakaway of her own just 30 seconds later, but Brunet once again came up big for her team and denied the Jeffs their third goal.
Brunet’s efforts kept things close for the time being, but eventually Amherst’s persistence paid off, as the Jeffs were able to build their lead to 3-0 before the first period came to a close when senior co-captain Megan Quinn (Wakefield, MA) assisted on a goal from junior forward Anna MacLean (Edina, MN).
A pair of Amherst penalties gave the Knights a 5-on-3 opportunity with 13 minutes remaining in the second period, but the Jeffs were able to preserve their shutout. Neither team was able to score in the second frame, and Amherst carried its 3-0 advantage into the second intermission.
The Knights got on the board six minutes into the third period when junior Tabatha Schury converted on a breakaway for a shorthanded goal. Neumann had cut its deficit to just two goals with plenty of time to muster a comeback, but Amherst was able to hang on for the 3-1 victory. Brunet finished with 36 saves for Neumann, while first-year Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) made 10 stops for Amherst to bump her record to 6-0-1.