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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 26, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. – Despite 34 saves from first-year Colby College goalie Brianne Wheeler, Amherst College scored two goals in the first three minutes of the game on the way to a 5-0 victory over the Mules in a NESCAC quarterfinal game Saturday night.
The second-seeded Lord Jeffs (18-5-2) will carry a five-game win streak into next Saturday's 4 p.m. showdown with third-seeded Trinity College, with that semifinal game set to take place at Middlebury College, the tournament's top seed. The Mules end their season at 9-16-0 after falling to Amherst in the NESCAC quarterfinals for the second time in as many years.
Amherst defeated Colby by scores of 3-2 and 3-1 in the regular season, but the third installment started rough for the Mules. Courtney Baranek opened the scoring 1:52 into the contest, with the Mules also getting whistled for a penalty on the first-year's breakaway goal. Amherst capitalized on the ensuing power play when Ellen Swiontkowski just barely pushed the puck over the goal line to make it a 2-0 game after only two minutes and 50 seconds.
The Jeffs would get a third goal in the first period when Stephanie Clegg sent the puck in from the point, allowing Megan Doyen '13 to screen the goalie and deflect a shot into the back of the net for a 3-0 Amherst lead.
Amherst took five shots in the final period but was denied by Wheeler on each of them, as the game ended in a 5-0 score. The Mules made a final push when Allyson Kane '13 crushed a slap shot from the point with two minutes to go, but Sinead Murphy '12 was there to knock the puck away and preserve Amherst's sixth shutout of the season.
2011 NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship
No. 2 Amherst vs. No. 3 Trinity – 4 p.m.