Feb. 10, 2008
Amherst, MA - Box Score
The Neumann Knights took on Amherst College for the first time in school history. To make it more challenging the Knights took on an Amherst team that has not lost since the first week in January. Despite the fact that this was the first time these two programs have met their lack of familiarity with one another did not stop them from battling to the very end for a win.
The Lord Jeffs jumped out on top in the first period with a goal by Amherst's junior forward Lindsey Harrington. Six minutes later Lord Jeffs' sophomore Molly Malloy tallied the second score of the contest putting Amherst up 2-0. The third goal of the period came right before intermission when Amherst junior Tarasai Karega grabbed the puck for a breakaway goal to make the score 3-0. The Lord Jeffs continued to pressure the Knights the rest of the period and the stellar goaltending efforts of freshmen goalie Mel Brunet (Sudbury, ONT) kept the Knights within striking distance.
The Knights re-grouped for the second period and behind Brunet's efforts played the Lord Jeffs to a stand still. Neumann's inability mount an offensive attack helped the Lord Jeffs dominated the first and second period outshooting the Knights 25-5. Brunet's presence allowed the team to have a chance to make a run in the third period.
In the third period the Knights began to make one of their patented intense and determined efforts. They attacked Amherst's defense and were able to put more pressure on the Lord Jeffs. Down a man, Knights junior Tabatha Schury (West Chester, Pa.) scored an unassisted goal to bring the Knights within two. But that was as close as the Knights would get as the Amherst defense was able to slow the Knights vaunted offense down.
Head Coach Matt Kennedy said, "This was a tough contest. I think we could have played better collectively. We allowed ourselves to be distracted and that hurt our performance overall. We need to sit back for a minute and see what we can learn from this weekend. We will have two big tests next weekend as we return to conference play and our focus needs to return to the game." Kennedy was referring to the fact that the Knights will take on conference rival Utica College on February 16th and 17th. The Knights record 9-9-3 overall.
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