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#7 Amherst College 3, Connecticut College 2

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Geneva Lloyd (Calgary, Alberta) scored a pair of power-play goals in the second period to lead the seventh ranked Amherst College women's hockey team to a 3-2 victory against Connecticut College in a NESCAC women's hockey game played at Dayton Arena Friday. The Lord Jeffs improve their record to 14-3 with an 8-1 record in the NESCAC in their fourth straight win, while the Camels have their unbeaten streak halted at six games and fall to 8-6-2 with 5-5-1 mark in conference action. Ellen Swiontkowski (Minnetonka, Minn.) chipped in with a goal and two assist, while Josie Fisher (Norwich, Vt.) contributed two assists for the Lord Jeffs. Sophomore net-minder Kerri Stuart (Tewksbury, Mass.) made 20 saves en route to the victory for the visitors. Connecticut College sophomore Courtney Dumont (Lewiston, Maine) had a goal and an assist to lead the hosts. Olivia Farrell (New York, N.Y.) netted her fifth goal of the season for the Camels. Junior Amy Leichliter (West Chester, Pa.) made 34 saves in the setback for the hosts. Trailing 3-1 as they headed into the final 20 minutes of regulation, Dumont brought the crowd to their feet with a backhanded goal at 2:30 of the third period. Caroline Corbett (Norwood, Mass.) assisted on the score. The Camels were able to empty their goal with 30 seconds remaining but could the Lord Jeffs were able to hold on for the 3-2 win. Amherst committed the only two periods in the second period but the Camels could not take advantage. With 5:38 remaining in the middle period, Swiontkowski took a lead pass from Kaitlyn McInnis (Franklin, Mass.) at the blue line and went in for the goal in the one-on-one situation. Amherst out-shot the Camels 14-to-4 in the opening period of play. Lloyd put the visitors on top for good with her power-play marker at 9:20 of the first period. The two teams are sponsoring a Teddy Bear Drive to benefit the Boston Children's Hospital. Connecticut College's team manager Lowell Abbott is joining forces with Stephanie Clegg of Amherst College for the Teddy Bear Drive. Fans and attendees of Saturday's game that faces off at 3 in New London are encouraged to bring a clean stuffed Teddy Bear that will be delivered by the teams to Boston Children's Hospital. Connecticut College junior Molly Murphy is also coordinating a bone marrow drive. The drive is a part of the hockey community's way of honoring the memory of Mandi Schwartz, a former Yale University player who died from Leukemia. Mandi was a teammate of Molly's sister Caroline at Yale. Caroline is now an assistant coach at Trinity College in the NESCAC. The Camels will also be welcoming several members of the Southeastern Connecticut Special Olympics Speed Skating Team at the game on Saturday. "I'm proud that our student athletes are committed to assisting others," Connecticut College Head Women's Hockey Coach Kristin Steele said. "It is particularly motivating that two competing teams are willing to work together to make these efforts successful." Admissions and parking for Saturday's game is free of charge.

January 27, 2012

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