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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 30, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College may have pulled off the upset of the year in NCAA Division III women's hockey after shocking top-ranked and defending national champion Amherst College in a 3-2 victory Saturday at Alfond Rink.
The Mules halted Amherst's 53-game unbeaten streak in regular season conference play and dropped the Lord Jeffs to a 12-2-4 overall record and an 8-1-3 record in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Colby, which had heavy graduation losses after making the NESCAC semifinals in three of the past four years, improved to 3-12-5 overall and won for the first time in the conference to move to 1-8-3.
"It was great overall effort from the entire team," Colby head coach David Venditti said. "We played a full 60 minutes and didn't let up despite the pressure. The players fed off each other's energy and brought it out on the ice each shift. We really stuck to the game plan and displayed composure throughout the game."
Colby goaltender Loni Pisani (Kanata, Ontario) earned her first collegiate victory with 31 saves after stopping 40 shots against the Lord Jeffs on Friday night in a 6-2 loss.
Colby scored a trio of first period goals, including the game's first goal just
2:23 into the contest, before holding off the Lord Jeffs for the win. The
Mules took the 1-0 lead on a score from Marissa Simmons (Chestnut Hill,
Mass.) off assists from Kaitlyn Conway (Andover, Mass.) and Stephanie Scarpato
(Osterville, Mass.). Less than 10 minutes later, Scarpato put Colby up 2-0 with
an unassisted goal on a shot that beat Amherst goaltender Sinead Murphy
Colby gets a chance to enjoy this victory with a long break between games. The Mules do not play again until a home game with Wesleyan on Friday, Feb. 12.
C: Marissa Simmons (Kaitlyn Conway, Stephanie Scarpato), 2:23
C: Stephanie Scarpato, 11:44
A: Molly Malloy (Cianna Wyshnytzky, Alyssa Chwick), 13:11
C: Meghan Tedoldi (Kaitlyn Conway, Stephanie Scarpato), 14:18
A: Michelle McGann (Josie Fisher, Randi Zukas), 12:36
Shots: Amherst 33, Colby 18. Goalies: Sinead Murphy (Amherst, 58:40, 3 GA, 15 saves); Loni Pisani (Colby, 60:00, 2 GA, 31 saves).