The Hamilton College women's hockey team fell 4-1 to nationally ranked No. 9 Amherst College on Friday night at Orr Rink in Amherst, Mass.
Olivia Hawes '19 scored the Continentals' lone goal, her third in four games and fifth of the season. Hamilton (12-7-2, 8-4-1 NESCAC) slipped to fourth place in the conference standings.
The Continentals struck first, just 3:36 into the first period when Hawes put one past Amherst goaltender Bailey Plaman (28 saves). Karina Sirabian '21 intercepted the puck and passed it to Emily Williams '19 streaking through the neutral zone. Williams carried it across the blue line and dished it off to Missy Segall '21. Segall took a shot from the left side that Plaman turned away, but Hawes rushed in and put the rebound in the net. The rookie Segall increased her point total to 15 with the assist. She is tied for second in the NESCAC in first-year scoring.
Amherst (13-5-3, 8-3-2 NESCAC) had an opportunity to even the score with seven minutes left in the first when there was a scramble in front of the Hamilton net, but the puck was pushed to the boards.
Segall hit the post on the power play with just under a minute to go but the Continentals could not convert. Hamilton went 0-for-2 on power-play opportunities.
The Mammoths tied the score 15:17 into the second period off a 3-on-2 opportunity. Amherst's Emma Flynn carried the puck across the Hamilton blue line and passed it to Kaitlin Hoang for a shot from the slot that Sam Walther '18 saved. The rebound bounced to Katie Savage who beat a sprawling Walther and shoved the puck into the back of the net.
The Mammoths had a couple of opportunities to take the lead in the second, including a point-blank shot with seven minutes left that Walther (27 saves) turned away.
Both teams had good scoring opportunities early in the third period. Caroline Knop '18 made a stellar defensive play on a 3-on-1, recovering and blocking an Amherst forward from getting a shot off.
With 10:41 gone in the third, the Mammoths took full advantage of an icing call that left tired Continentals on the ice. Off the faceoff, Rose Mroczka fired a shot from the left circle that was deflected past Walther and into the net by Eliza Laycock for the 2-1 lead.
Hoang put another goal in off a rebound 1:50 later and Amherst finished the scoring on an empty netter by Jamie McNamara with 1:42 left.
The Continentals' No. 1 penalty-kill unit kept one of the nation's top power plays in check, allowing no goals in six chances.
Hamilton gets another shot at the Mammoths on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at Amherst's Orr Rink as the teams close out the weekend series.
-- Release by Julia Booth '19