Women's hockey posts 2-2 NESCAC tie with Wesleyan

Mya Berretta '22 scored her fourth goal of the season on Tuesday night against Wesleyan (Josh McKee photo).
Mya Berretta '22 scored her fourth goal of the season on Tuesday night against Wesleyan (Josh McKee photo).

Hamilton College's Nancy Loh '22 and Mya Berretta '22 scored one goal apiece and the Continentals played to a 2-2 tie with the Wesleyan University Cardinals in NESCAC action at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Tuesday night.

Tuesday's game was originally scheduled for Jan. 19 but was postponed due to Winter Storm Harper. The Continentals recorded a 4-1 win against Wesleyan at Sage Rink on Jan. 18.

Missy Segall '21 picked up assists on both Hamilton goals and Sidney Molnar '22 (1.99 GAA, .907 save pct.) made 29 saves in her fifth collegiate start. The Continentals (10-4-2, 4-2-2 NESCAC) are in second place in the conference standings at the midpoint of the NESCAC schedule.

Gina Mangiafridda and Jackie Kilar posted one goal and one assist apiece for the Cardinals (4-9-1, 1-6-1). Allegra Grant stopped 35 shots, including 13 in the third period, and gave Wesleyan a chance to rally from a two-goal deficit.

Hamilton grabbed a 1-0 lead at 10:09 of the first period. Segall won a faceoff in the right circle to Loh at the inside edge of the circle. Loh's first shot bounced off a defender in front but she followed her own rebound and stuffed it in from the slot. Loh leads the Continentals with eight goals and 19 points.

Segall and Berretta helped give Hamilton a 2-0 lead at 5:38 of the second period. The Cardinals committed a turnover in their defensive zone and Segall picked up the loose puck and found Berretta in the left faceoff circle. Berretta's wrist shot from just below the faceoff dot beat Grant high on the blocker side for her fourth goal this season.

Wesleyan cut its deficit in half just 1:27 later. Cali Stevens' shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle hit the outside of the left post. Sarah Takahashi fed the rebound to Kilar who skated behind the net and passed to Mangiafridda for a one-timer from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle.

The Cardinals drew even with 1:32 left in the second. Sydnee Goyer started a Wesleyan power play by winning the faceoff in the Cardinals' offensive zone. Sarah Goss passed from above the left faceoff circle to Kilar and she ripped a wrist shot from above the right faceoff circle through a screen in front of Molnar.

The Continentals' best chance to get back in the lead came midway through the third period when Loh broke in alone on Grant but her shot sailed wide. Wesleyan registered three shots on goal in the five-minute overtime period.

Hamilton travels to Middlebury College this weekend for a two-game NESCAC series. The opener is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Middlebury is ranked eighth in both the D3hockey.com and USCHO.com Division III Top 10 polls.