Women’s Ice Hockey Splits Home-and-Home Series with Wesleyan
Issue   |   Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:13
Goalie Sabrina Dobbins makes a save
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Senior Sabrina Dobbins made nine saves in the third period on Saturday.

The Amherst women’s ice hockey team battled it out against Little III rival Wesleyan in a pair of nail-biters this past weekend, emerging with both a win and a loss against the Cardinals.

In the teams’ first match, hosted by Wesleyan, the home team’s Alex Horton struck first, just nine minutes into the opening period on an unassisted tally. Despite a few power play opportunities in the first two periods and plenty of shots on goal, Amherst couldn’t find the tying goal and the Cardinals capitalized on the Mammoths’ profligacy, tallying a second goal to take a 2-0 lead into the final period of play.

However, Amherst came out with renewed offensive energy in the third and piled on the pressure. With just 2:34 remaining, first-year defenseman Mia DelRosso posted her third goal of the season on an impressive individual effort. DelRosso managed to wheel her way past several Wesleyan defenders and fire home a quick wrist shot to pull the Mammoths within one. Pulling their goalie for the man advantage, Amherst fired a barrage of shots on the Cardinal goal in the last two minutes, but were unable to find a second goal. Despite an edge in shots and the admirable last-ditch effort, Amherst ultimately fell 2-1. Senior goaltender Bailey Plaman recorded 17 saves in the loss.

Less than 24 hours later, the two teams travelled to Amherst for an equally exciting matchup. With the home-ice advantage and the emotions of Senior Day in their favor, the Mammoths managed to pull out a 3-2 win. To open the scoring, forward Rose Mroczka ’21 lazered a shot at the Cardinal goalie’s pads, the rebound of which fellow first-year Eliza Laycock fired home for a 1-0 lead.

In the second stanza, first-year Kaitlyn Hoang extended the underclassmen scoring streak, redirecting a pass from Anne Malloy ’20 and sending it into the back of the net. The Cardinals answered seven minutes later to cut the lead in half, but the hosts maintained their lead heading into the final period.

DelRosso scored Amherst’s third and final goal of the game on a power play opportunity after the Mammoths had strung together several nice passes. Although Wesleyan managed to score a goal with a minute left and its goalie pulled, again the visiting team came up just short, as Amherst skated off the ice with the win. Plaman notched nine saves for the Mammoths, while senior Sabrina Dobbins also made nine stops in relief..

Amherst will next take to the ice on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament against Williams. The Mammoths will host the Ephs in Orr Rink at 1 p.m.