Ashleigh Corvi '13 (#35, main photo) picked up 30 saves, her fifth straight game this season with at least 30 stops, and Lilah Fones '15 (#17, photo insert upper left) registered the first goal of her career 5:52 into the third period but Amherst held on for a 2-1 NESCAC/Little Three victory Fri., Nov. 30. The teams completed their two-game series with another contest in Amherst Sat., Dec. 1. Amherst again prevailed, this time, 3-1.
The opening game represented was the first time in 10 games vs. the Lord Jeffs that the Cardinals lit the lamp, having been shut out in each contest over the last five seasons. It also was the first time since 2004 that Wesleyan came within a goal of its Little Three nemesis. Still, Wesleyan could not get over the hump despite pulling Corvi for the final 1:25 of the game in favor of a sixth skater. Shots in the game favored Amherst, 32-13.
Amherst had taken the lead with a power-play goal at 17:30 of the first period. Each team had just two penalties in the well-played contest. The Lord Jeffs cashed in for their second goal of the night at 9:20 of the middle stanza and it proved to be the winner after Fones lifted a close-range shot over the shoulder of the Amherst keeper for the only tally of the third period. Mackey Hemphill '15 and Kelsey Muller '13, who was playing her first game of the season after returning from study abroad, picked up the assists.
In the second game, the power-play again played a role as the Lord Jeffs capitalized on two man-up chances late in the second period, then added an even-strength goal in the final minute of the period to make it a 3-0 lead. The three markers all came in a span of just 2:38, something the Wesleyan defense had been able to avert throughout the season. Still, allowing only 11 goals over the first six games, Wesleyan is off to the second-best start defensively in program history. Only the 1998-99 squad that posted a outstanding 15-8-2 record allowed fewer goals in the first six games, yielding just six as the team began the season with a 5-1 record.
Wesleyan avoided a shutout once again with the only goal of the third period as Laura Mead '16 inaugurated her collegiate scoring at 10:43 with a power-play tally, aided by the efforts of Becca Koppel '13 and Glenn Hartman-Mattson '14. Corvi, who ended the game with 27 stops, was pulled for nealy two minutes to end the game, but Wesleyan again was unable to make any headway in the scoring department.
Wesleyan will play Nichols in a non-conference home game Tues., Dec. 4 in its next outing.