Williams, White Lead Jeffs to 2-0 Win Over Wesleyan|
February 2, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Sophomore forward Danielle Williams (Needham, MA) and first-year phenom Alison White (Brookline, MA) joined forces on both Amherst College goals as the Jeffs' women's ice hockey team improved to 6-11 with a 2-0 shutout victory over Wesleyan University Friday night. Amherst sophomore goaltender Heidi Alexander (Edina, MN) was superb between the pipes with 37 saves en route to her third career shutout.
|Senior Co-captain Gretchen Bowe |
gave the Jeffs an emotional
lift after missing five
games with a broken wrist
"This is a huge win for us because it avenges a 4-3 loss at Wesleyan in December," said Amherst Head Coach Kay Cowperthwait. "We're playing great offense and our defense has been spectacular. Things seem to be coming together at the right time."
The Jeffs used tenacious defense to take a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Williams stripped the puck from sophomore Stacey Orr (Belle Mead, NJ) at the Wesleyan blue line and sent a perfect centering pass to White, who ripped her eighth goal of the season into the top right corner of the net.
White returned the favor 8:23 into the second period, feeding Williams on a backhand wrister in front of the Wesleyan goalmouth to set the final score at 2-0.
Amherst got an emotional lift from senior Co-captain Gretchen Bowe's (Hampstead, NH) return to the lineup after a five-game, injury-forced hiatus. Playing with a cast on her left wrist, Bowe nearly cracked the scoring column in the waning seconds of the second period, but hit the post with a rebound off a missed shot by Williams. Bowe suffered a broken wrist early in a 6-4 loss at Connecticut College on Jan. 16.
Wesleyan had its chances throughout, but couldn't capitalize on a trio of power-play opportunities as Amherst's penalty killing unit - led by Co-captain Hilary Zwerdling (Shrewsbury, MA), Amanda Muller (Princeton, NJ), Katie Potter (Ridgewood, NJ) and Tory Serues (Cambridge, MA) - snuffed out several legitimate scoring opportunities.
Wesleyan leading-scorer Kiersten Von Trapp (Stowe, VT) almost tied the game 6:38 into the second period but hit the post from point-blank range on a breakaway, just over Alexander's outstretched glove hand.
The victory was the Jeffs' third in their last four games after a pair of wins over Trinity College and Holy Cross last week. Meanwhile, Wesleyan has dropped seven of its last eight games en route to a 5-13 overall record.
Amherst hosts Connecticut College tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m.