Jeffs Breeze Past Williams to Set Up Saturday's Battle for First Place

Rookie sensation Courtney Hanlon continued her
impressive season with a goal and three assists in
the Jeffs' 7-1 win at Williams.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - First-year Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) and sophomore Michelle McGann (New Berlin, WI) each had a goal and three assists in the Amherst women's hockey team's 7-1 win at archrival Williams College. The Lord Jeffs improve to 15-3-3 (10-0-3 NESCAC), while the Ephs fall to 3-16-2 (1-11-1 NESCAC).

Amherst kicked off its scoring 10 minutes and 23 seconds into the first period on the 10th goal of the season from sophomore Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO), with assists going to junior Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) and McGann. The Jeffs tacked on the eventual game-winner seven minutes later when sophomore forward Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) netted a goal, as Hanlon and senior Katharine Kelly (Shorewood, WI) dished out the helpers.

Less than two minutes into the second period, the Ephs cut their deficit in half when Caralyn Quan tallied a short-handed goal. Sam Tarnasky provided the setup, but it would be the last time Williams found the back of the net.

Amherst ran away with the game and poured on five more goals, including a trio of power plays. Dennett picked up her second goal of the night and an assist before the second frame came to a close, while Hanlon tallied her second and third helpers before scoring a goal of her own in the final period. McGann matched Hanlon's solid performance with a goal and three assists.

First-year backup goaltender Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) made her eighth start of the year for Amherst and improved to 7-0-1 by making 33 saves on the night, while Ephs' netminder Denise McCulloch stopped 43 shots in the losing effort.

Thanks to a flurry of offense Friday night, the Jeffs now have a trio of players with at least 20 points on the season, as Karega, Hanlon and Dennett are leading Amherst's attack.

Saturday will feature a battle for first place in the NESCAC standings, as Amherst will take on top-ranked Middlebury at 3 p.m. in the USCHO Game of the Week.