Jeffs Rebound with 9-2 Win Over Southern Maine

First-year Courtney Hanlon netted the first two goals of the game to lead Amherst to a 9-2 win over Southern Maine.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s hockey team rebounded from its first loss of the season by earning a 9-2 win over University of Southern Maine at Orr Rink Sunday afternoon. The Lord Jeffs improve to 5-1-2 on the season and will not return to action until Jan. 5, while the Huskies fall to 3-5 with the loss.

Amherst took control of the opening face-off and sophomore Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO) ripped a slap shot just wide of the goal after only 30 seconds of action, as the Lord Jeffs looked sharp early on. Six minutes into the opening period, junior Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) skated in alone from the left side and took a shot from point blank range, but first-year goaltender Allison Woods was able to come up with a big save to keep things tied at 0-0.

The Jeffs showed off their own talented rookie net-minder just two minutes later when senior Kelly Connors used some fancy puck-work to earn a short breakaway, but Amherst’s Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) made her job look easy by turning away Connors’ shot to preserve the tie.

The game’s first goal came just past the midway point of the first period when Harrington dropped the puck back to first-year Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA), who was able to casually slide her shot past Woods and to the back of the net to give the Jeffs a 1-0 lead.

Amherst was moving the puck well on offense, but the Southern Maine defense did a good job of collapsing and preventing the Jeffs from taking solid shots on net. With 3:23 remaining before the first intermission, however, Amherst went on the first power play of the game and earned a 5-on-3 advantage just 40 seconds later. The Huskies could not do much against the Jeffs’ persistent offense, and before long Hanlon netted her second goal of the game with assists going to junior Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) and first-year Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY).

First-year Britt Evans (Edina, MN) gave the Jeffs a 3-0 lead three and a half minutes into the second period after the puck was knocked around in front of the Huskies’ net. Amidst the commotion, Evans was able to get a solid touch on the puck and poke it past Woods for her team’s third goal.

The Huskies continued to thwart several Amherst scoring chances, due in large part to some excellent play from Woods, but eventually the Jeffs erupted for three more goals in the second period and another three in the final frame, with seven different players finding the back of the net. Dennett and Hanlon each chalked up two goals on the day.

The Huskies scored back-to-back goals in the third period, with junior tri-captain Megan Irving recording an unassisted tally junior Shannon Shuttle adding another score seven minutes later, with assists going to seniors Lindsay Herzog and Connors.

Woods came up with 23 saves in the first two periods, including 18 in the second frame, before handing goaltending duties over to junior Emily Barrett, who stopped 18 shots in the final period. Hu made 10 stops for Amherst in 60 minutes between the pipes.