Jeffs Complete Sweep, Clip Cardinals, 3-1
Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women’s hockey team scored three goals in under three minutes late in the second period en route to a 3-1 win over Wesleyan University Saturday at Orr Rink.
With both players scoring for the second time in as many days, senior co-captains Geneva Lloyd and Megan Doyen tallied power-play goals within 14 seconds of each other before Erin Martin ’16 netted her second collegiate strike in the final minute of the second period. Laura Mead ’16 got Wesleyan on the board with her first career goal on a power play midway through the third.
The win marked Amherst’s 19th in a row over its Little Three rival as the Lord Jeffs (3-3-0, 3-1-0 NESCAC) swept the weekend series after Friday’s 2-1 triumph. The Cardinals scored their first goals against Amherst since 2006 during the two games but emerged winless, falling to 2-4-0 (1-3-0 NESCAC).
With neither team generating strong looks in the opening 10 minutes, Wesleyan nearly snuck one in at the midway mark of the first period when Amherst goalie Kasia Henley ’16 hit away a loose puck, but Jordan Schildhaus ’15 swooped in to collect and fire a hard shot from mid-range. Henley was able to knock down the attempt, however, before Lloyd arrived to clear for the Jeffs.
Wesleyan had another strong attempt on the power play with under three to go in the frame, but Henley made a nice catch-save of Schildhaus’ mid-range rip from the left side to keep it scoreless. Ultimately, it was Amherst creating more offense in the opening stanza, as the Jeffs held an 11-8 edge in shots over the period, but senior Ashleigh Corvi’s strong work between the pipes for the Cardinals kept it even at zero heading into the first intermission.
Amherst had the first strong opportunities of the second period around the end of a power-play eight minutes into the frame, but Corvi saved back-to-back shots from Erin Martin and Melissa Martin ’15 before smothering a close-range look from Eileen Harris ’16 then watching Melissa Martin’s wrist-shot fly wide. Just a minute later, Amherst kept up the pressure, but Corvi was once again equal to the task, saving a pair of lasers from the point off the stick of Lloyd, with a third attempt from the senior flying just wide of the left pipe.
The offense finally broke through in a big way for Amherst in the closing minutes of the period as the Jeffs scored three goals in under three minutes to take control of the contest. After a pair of Wesleyan penalties, Amherst found itself up two skaters and Lloyd took advantage, ripping a mid-range shot past Corvi with Tori Salmon ’15 and Ashley Salerno ’14 assisting at the 16:32 mark.
Just 14 seconds later, still up a player, Doyen tipped in a laser off the stick of Hayley Opperman ’14, with Barrett McBride ’14 also assisting.
The flurry concluded with 40 seconds remaining in the frame as Erin Martin scored an even-strength close-range goal off an assist from Avery Stone ’14.
Wesleyan ended the shutout just over halfway through the third period, with a Cardinal power play resulting in Henley losing her stick and Mead rifling one in from the point with Becca Koppel ’13 and Glenn Hartman-Mattson ’14 earning assists.
Lloyd’s score for Amherst marked her team-leading fourth of the season while Doyen tallied her third and Salmon’s assist tied her for the conference lead in points (7) as she handed out her NESCAC-best sixth helper.
After the Jeffs outshot the Cardinals 28-13 over the opening two periods, Wesleyan’s late pressure led to an 8-2 shot advantage for the guests in the third and a 30-21 Amherst edge overall.
Making her second career start, Henley notched her first win with a 20-save performance, while Corvi stopped 27 Amherst shots in the losing effort.
Amherst will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 5, hosting Trinity in a 7 p.m. non-league contest.