AMHERST, Mass. — University of Southern Maine junior goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped a career-high 58 shots in a losing effort as the Huskies were shut out at Amherst College, 4-0, in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Orr Rink.
Evangelista was under siege throughout the game as the Mammoths rolled up a 62-14 advantage in shots on goal. Evangelista’s 58 saves surpassed her previous high of 55 saves established on November 17, 2017, against Norwich University, and was one save shy of equaling the school single-game record of 59 saves set by Karen Jamnik against Manhattanville College on February 15, 2004.
The Mammoths received goals from four different players. Junior Katelyn Pantera (North Branford, Conn.) gave the home side the lead at 8:01 of the opening period. Amherst doubled its lead just 16 seconds later as senior Emma Griese (Toronto, Ont.) tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Amherst scored once in the middle period as Evangelista came up with 20 saves in the frame. Rookie Emma Flynn (Wolcott, Conn.) found the net for an unassisted marker at 1:45, but Evangelista slammed the door shut on Mammoths the rest of the period.
Rookie Kaitlin Hoang (Acton, Mass.) scored the final goal at 7:45 of the third period.
Amherst senior goalie Sabrina Dobbins (New Castle, N.H.) earned her first shutout of the season, and the 13th of her career, making 14 saves. Both sides went 0-for-2 on the power play.
The win snapped a three-game winless stretch (0-2-1) against nationally-ranked teams for the Mammoths, and improved their overall mark to 6-5-1. The Huskies dropped their second straight to slip to 4-11-0 overall.
Southern Maine’s next game will be this Friday (4:00 p.m.) when Becker College visits the USM Arena for the first game of the teams’ weekend home-and-home series. Amherst travels to Bowdoin College for a two-game NESCAC series that begins Friday night (7:00 p.m.).