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Women’s Ice Hockey Rises to No. 8 in USCHO.com National Poll Following Weekend Sweep of Amherst

Women’s Ice Hockey Rises to No. 8 in USCHO.com National Poll Following Weekend Sweep of Amherst

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's ice hockey team jumped up to No. 8 in the latest USCHO.com Poll following a weekend sweep of Amherst on its home ice. The Camels rallied to win the opener, 3-2, before blanking the Mammoths by a 2-0 score in the second meeting between the schools a day later.

The Camels got balanced scoring, which included having five different players score a goal and nine accumulate at least one point to help contribute to the two victories. With the team trailing 2-1 in the final period on Friday, freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) netted an equalizing tally and then set up the game-winning marker which was one-timed by sophomore Kylie Wilkes (Howell, N.J.) to give the program a 3-2 comeback win. Junior assistant captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) also factored into a pair of goals by assisting on one in the opener and finding the back of the net for the eventual deciding marker on Saturday.

Defensively, junior goalie Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) kept the Camels in each game by making a combined 62 saves over the weekend. She most notably picked up her first clean sheet of the season by turning away 34 shots on Saturday. Junior defender Olivia Good (Woodbury, Conn.), who teamed up with sophomore Ashley Carbone (Wallingford, Conn.) to make up the top back line for the Camels, blocked five shots in the shutout with three of them coming in the waning minutes of regulation.

Middlebury (No. 6) and Hamilton (No. 10) were other NESCAC teams ranked in the poll.

Connecticut College (2-0, NESCAC 2-0) will next travel to face Salve Regina on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m.