Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Enrollment: 1,650 undergraduates
President: Tom Gerety
Colors: Purple and White
Affiliations: NESCAC, ECAC, NCAA Division III
Athletic Director: Peter Gooding
Athletic Phone: 413 542-2274
Athletic Fax: 413 542-2026
Home Field: Hitchcock Field
Sports Information Director: Irene Cheung
Office Phone: 413 542-2390
Home Phone: 413 256-4139
Fax: 413 542-2527
Address: Public Affairs Office
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Head Coach: Chris Paradis (4th season)
Alma Mater: William & Mary '84
Record at Amherst: 30-15 (3 years)
Career Record: 30-15 (3 years)
Office Phone: 413 542-8136
Assistant Coaches: Kay Cowperthwait, Patty Kloidt
Address: Alumni Gymnasium
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
1997 Record: 12-4, ECAC Champions
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 13/10
Starters Returning/Lost: 8/4
1998 Captains: Heidi Cline '98, Erika Johnson '98, Heather Kestner '98
Top Returning Goalie: Sarah Evans '99 (.800 s%, 4.80 GAA)
Top Returning Defender: Erika Johnson '98 (All-America)
Top Returning Attacker: Heidi Cline '98 (32g, 13a)
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.
"Every year we're starting at the next level," notes Head Coach Chris Paradis. "They're so much more aware of the field than they've ever been. At the point that the program's at right now, my biggest concern is beating ourselves by not taking each game as each game. We need to take it one day at a time and not let expectations get the best of us."
Once again leading the team will be senior tri-captains Heidi Cline, Erika Johnson and Heather Kestner. Johnson returns as a Pre-Season First Team All-American, as named by College Lacrosse USA, after earning IWLCA/Brine Second Team All-America honors as a junior for her stifling defensive pressure. Cline and Kestner are the team's leading returning scorers, combining for 84 points (61g, 23a) in 1997 as the backbone of the Amherst offense. Cline begins her senior season as the Jeffs' most lethal playmaker and a Pre-Season Honorable Mention All-America, while Kestner is a two-time All-New England player.
Bolstering the offense will be returning attacking sophomores Katherine Poulin, Alie Stechenberg and Rachel Bernstein, along with junior Jen Corso. This four-some combined for 48 goals and 21 assists in 1997, including the seven-goal performance by Poulin in the ECAC Championship. This already formidable unit will be joined by rookies Katherine Haver, Kristin Osborn and Sarah Scheessele on offense.
Irene Permut, Liz Roth and Jess Flynn return in the midfield to catalyze the Amherst attack. Their talent and speed is bolstered by first-years Alexa Faigen and Julia Powell, while rookies Caroline Bruce, high school First-Team All-American Alison Kitay and Anita Nahba will join an already deep defensive unit. Veterans Aimee Carroll and Kathleen Sanford will help anchor the defense. Junior Sarah Evans will be challenged by rookie Jess Thaxton in the cage as the pair will split goalkeeping duties for the year.