Women's hockey falls in playoffs to Amherst

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 27, 2010
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Stephanie Scarpato

AMHERST, Mass. --- The Colby College women's hockey team gave Amherst College fits again in the first period for the third time this year, but the Lord Jeffs got going in the second period on the way to a 10-1 victory in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday.

The eighth-seeded Mules (3-17-5) pulled off the upset of the season in women's hockey with a 3-2 win over Amherst earlier this season at Alfond Rink. Amherst was ranked first in the country at the time and had a 53-game unbeaten regular season streak in the NESCAC. Colby also was tied 2-2 early in the second period against Amherst in the other regular season game between the teams.

Colby only trailed 1-0 after the first period against the top-seeded Lord Jeffs. Amherst had some solid chances before Geneva Lloyd scored seven seconds into a power play with 6:48 to play for the lone goal of the period.

Amherst, the top seed in the tourney, took control in the second period and went up 5-0 in the first 10 minutes of play on goals by Michelle McGann, Stephanie Clegg, Josie Fisher, and Courtney Hanlon.

Colby, just 19 seconds after calling a timeout, scored its lone goal when Stephanie Scarpato tallied. Scarpato finished her junior season with 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points and now has 80 career points with 34 goals and 46 assists.

Amherst, though, tallied about 30 seconds later for its sixth goal by Ellen Swiiontkowski. The Lord Jeffs scored three goals in the final 5:35 of the second period to put up eight in 20 minutes. Amherst added one more goal in the final period.

Loni Pisani stopped 30 shots in net for Colby.


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