First two points for Kuhns '23 in women's hockey setback

Mya Berretta '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Mya Berretta '22 (Josh McKee photo)

A late Amherst College goal broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Mammoths to a 4-3 NESCAC victory against the Hamilton College Continentals at Amherst's Orr Rink on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) rallied from two goals down and posted a 3-2 win over the Mammoths on Friday night. On Saturday it was Amherst's turn to rally as they erased a one-goal deficit with a pair of tallies in the last seven minutes of the third period.
With just under 2:30 remaining, the Mammoths' Jillian Mazzocca scored her second goal of the game after she collected the puck from Leslie Schwartz at the right faceoff circle. Mazzocca dragged the puck in front of the net before she backhanded it directly above the stick of goaltender Gab Venne '22 (30 saves).

The lead changed twice prior to the deciding tally. Hamilton opened the scoring with 6:55 left in the first period when Abby Kuhns '23 scored her first collegiate goal, shooting the puck through traffic off the faceoff.

Hamilton held that lead through the rest of the first and nearly halfway through the second period before Mazzocca scored her second goal in as many games at 11:19. She picked up the puck in the middle of the ice and snapped it to the net where it hit the post before bouncing in. Kenzie MacDonald picked up the assist.

Amherst (1-1, 1-1) broke the tie and gained its first lead at 6:31 in the third on a give-and-go by Kaitlin Hoang and Carley Daly in front of the net that culminated in a goal by Hoang.
Hamilton tied the score again less than three minutes later at 9:16 on a goal credited to Mya Berretta '22. Following an extended frenzy in front of the net, Caitlin Walker (30 saves) was drawn out of the goal and Berretta managed to find the puck and nudge it in. Amherst head coach Jeff Matthews called for goaltender interference, but the officials upheld the goal after some discussion.

The Continentals scored another ugly goal 30 seconds later. Amherst received their first and only penalty at 9:33 on a roughing call on Ava Simoncelli. Thirteen seconds into the power play, the puck got caught under Walker and she brought it into the net as she slid backwards. The goal was credited to Nancy Loh '22 with assists going to Kuhns and Michaela Giuttari '20.

Amherst tied the score again with 6:56 remaining. Angelina Wiater collected a rebound in front of the net after Hoang's attempt and lifted it over Venne's stick. The Continentals play again on Friday, Nov. 22 when they travel to Williamstown, Mass., for a NESCAC game at Williams at 7 p.m.

Release by Amanda Ghiloni '22