Two members of the Amherst College women's lacrosse team were named to their second All-America teams this year as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), co-sponsored by Brine, selected 48 student-athletes for three national all-star teams. Both were also named to the United States Women's Lacrosse Association (USWLA) All-American Teams.
Two members of the Amherst College women's lacrosse team were named All-Americans by the United States Women's Lacrosse Association, Inc. (USWLA). They are among the top 43 Division III collegiate women's lacrosse players in the nation and hail from 27 colleges and universities.
Three student-athletes representing Amherst College lacrosse were named to the GTE/CoSIDA Spring At-Large College Division Academic All-District I Teams. Members were chosen from 76 nominees from the sports of crew, golf, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track and field at non-Division I institutions in New England and Eastern Canada.
Four members of the Amherst College women's lacrosse team were named to the IWLCA New England Regional All-America Squad, which recognizes the top 30 players on a First and Second Team. This year's student-athletes hail from eleven different schools, including nine NESCAC institutions.
Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE), a senior tri-captain of the Amherst College women's lacrosse team, was selected as the Athlete of the Week by the New England Sports Network (NESN), based both in Boston and at Springfield College. This is the seventh award bestowed this season upon an outstanding athlete, regardless of sport.
Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) shoveled a shot over her right shoulder with 44 seconds remaining in overtime to lead Amherst to its second straight ECAC Division III New England Championship. The senior tri-captain finished the day with a game-high four goals and one assist as Kestner earned Tournament MVP honors for posting nine goals and two assists (11 points) in two days for top-seeded Amherst.
Amherst women's lacrosse defended its first-ever ECAC Championship in 1997 to claim its second-straight in 1998 with a thrilling, 9-8 overtime victory over second-seeded Bowdoin. For her spectacular performance, senior tri-captain Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) earned both Senior All-Star and NESN Athlete of the Week honors, one week after the midfielder claimed NESCAC Player of the Week honors for leading her team to an 8-5 victory over Williams.
Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) posted five goals and an assist to lead Amherst College (11-3) to a 14-12 victory over Tufts University (8-6-1). The top seed advances to the ECAC Championship game against second-ranked Bowdoin (9-4), who defeated Connecticut College (9-6) 11-9 in the second semifinal game at Pratt Field. Amherst will look to defend its ECAC title at 1:00pm on Sunday.
Sophomore Adrienne Gratry (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Heather Hawes (Westport, Mass.) accounted for eight of Bowdoin's 11 goals while freshman goalie Bowen Holden (Lincoln, Mass.) made 16 saves, helping the Polar Bears defeat Connecticut College in one semifinal game of the ECAC women's lacrosse tournament at Amherst College. Bowdoin (9-4) will make its second-ever appearance in the finals tomorrow against host Amherst at 1:00pm.
Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE), a tri-captain of the Amherst College women's lacrosse team, was named to the Division III North All-Star Team, composed of 20 of the finest senior women's lacrosse players in the northeast. Kestner will join her teammates in the Division III Senior All-Star game on June 6 as the North Team will face the South Squad at 4:00pm as part of the STX Lacrosse Festival at Minnegan Stadium, Towson University. Forty of the nation's top seniors were selected to participate in this year's North/South game. Over 70 representatives from 36 different schools were nominate.
Amherst College women's lacrosse earned the No. 1 seed in the ECAC Tournament as the squad looks to defend its first-ever ECAC Championship. Concluding the season with a 10-3 record as the No. 10 team in the nation, Amherst earns a bye in First Round action and will host the Final Four on Saturday, May 9 - Sunday, May 10. Leading Amherst to its fourth-straight post-season appearance is senior Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE), who earned Player of the Week honors from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
Senior tri-captain Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) led Amherst College (10-3) with three goals to an 8-5 victory over archrival Williams College (12-1) for Amherst's first Little III title since 1985. Williams had entered the game with a perfect 12-0 record as the No. 2 team in the nation. Amherst is ranked No. 10 in the country.
eidi Cline (Andover, MA) posted four goals as Amherst College (9-3) defeated Mount Holyoke College (5-10), 21-11 at Pratt Field. The senior co-captain posted the first three goals of the game and notched her fourth during a six-run rally that gave Amherst its biggest lead, 18-5, with 16:47 left on the game clock.
Holding steady as the No. 10 team in the country, women's lacrosse posted a 16-7 victory over Wellesley as Amherst rattled off five goals in the first five minutes of play. Nine players contributed to the victory, led by four goals and an assist by senior co-captain Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE). Fellow captain Heidi Cline (Andover, MA) and sophomore Katherine Poulin (St. Davids, PA) each tacked on three goals and an assist for Amherst. Hosting fifth-ranked Trinity, Amherst rallied from as much as a 6-1 deficit early in the game toward a 13-12 loss to the Bantams. Amherst used three three-goal rallies to chip away at the Bantam lead, keeping them within two at the half, 8-6. Down 10-6 ten minutes into the second period, Cline sparked a run with a behind-the-back sidearm shot that cut the deficit to 10-7. Cline's third score pulled Amherst within one, 10-9, when Trinity mounted a three-goal surge of its own. With 5:12 on the game clock, Poulin tallied her lone goal of the game, and Kestner notched her fifth goal just 18 seconds later for a 13-11 deficit. The midfielder's sixth goal matched Kestner's career high and closed out Amherst scoring.
Alix Johnston (Mount Kisco, NY) notched three goals, including the game-winner, as Trinity College (10-2) defeated Amherst College (8-3), 13-12, at Pratt Field. Trinity entered the game ranked No. 5 in the nation, while Amherst holds onto the No. 10 spot.
Women's lacrosse posted a pair of victories last week to rise from No. 14 in the nation to No. 10 this week. The team claimed only their third-ever win over Tufts University with an 11-9 decision before claiming its first Little III win of the year with a 17-10 victory over Wesleyan. Senior tri-captain Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) tallied six goals during the week as she became the second player to break the 100 career-goal mark this season. Kestner currently has 102 goals and 32 assists at Amherst.
Jen Corso (Collingswood, NJ) fired off three of Amherst's final four goals late in the second half to power Amherst College (6-2) to an 11-9 victory over Tufts University (6-4-1). Amherst next travels to Little III rival Wesleyan for a 12:00pm meeting on Saturday while Tufts travels to Colby on Saturday.
Women's lacrosse extended its win streak to three with a 24-5 rout of Pioneer Valley rival Smith. Amherst took a 12-1 lead over Smith 16 minutes after the opening whistle toward a 15-3 lead at the break. Senior tri-captain Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) tallied a career-high six goals to push her career total to 96. Three players notched hat tricks as rookie Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ), sophomore Katherine Poulin (St. Davids, PA) and senior tri-captain Heidi Cline (Andover, MA) each notched three goals. Osborn added three assists as Amherst outshot the Pioneers 35-18 and had nine people tally points on offense. Rookie keeper Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) made six saves in her first collegiate start.
Amherst jumped out to a 12-1 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game toward a 24-5 rout of Pioneer Valley rival Smith. Senior tri-captain Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) led Amherst with six goals, a career high. Alex Wilder led the Pioneers with three goals.
Amherst women's lacrosse claims a No. 14 national ranking in the first IWLCA Poll, picking up right where the team had left off after its first ECAC Championship season in 1997. Amherst registered a pair of wins last week, first a 16-3 rout of Springfield College where Jen Corso (Collingswood, NJ) and Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) each notched four goals a piece, then a 12-6 victory over Connecticut College. Senior tri-captain Heidi Cline (Andover, MA), who had surpassed the 100-goal career mark last week, contributed four against the Camels to pull away with the victory. Cline has scored three or more goals in all six games this season.
Coming off the first ECAC Championship in the history of the program, women's lacrosse currently stands at 3-2 early in the season. Despite four goals from senior tri-captain Heidi Cline (Andover, MA), Amherst fell 9-7 to Drew in its season opener in Panama City, Florida. Amherst bounced back in its second game, however, to register a 7-5 victory over Skidmore despite a 3-1 halftime deficit. Cline and sophomore Alie Stechenberg (Longmeadow, MA) notched three goals a piece to take a 6-4 lead with less than three minutes to play. Junior Jen Corso (Collingswood, NJ) closed out Amherst scoring with just one second on the clock.
Rookie Betsy Wheeler (Wenham, MA) tallied four goals and an assist in the second half to lead defending national champion Middlebury College (4-0) to a 16-9 victory over Amherst College (2-2) on Pratt Field. The Panthers scored 11 goals, including nine straight, in the second half after only a 5-4 advantage at the break.
Senior Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) tallied four goals and two assists to lead Amherst College (2-1) to a 17-4 victory over Wheaton College (1-1) on Pratt Field. Amherst, last year's ECAC New England Champion, now prepares to host defending national champion Middlebury College (3-0) at 10:00am on Saturday.
Coming off its first-ever ECAC Championship in the 20-year history of the varsity program, Amherst women's lacrosse boasts a strong core of veterans along with an impressive group of rookies. Returning eight starters, including two pre-season All-Americans, the team looks to defend its ECAC title, if not return to the NCAAs after a 1996 appearance