Amherst wins First Little III Title since 1985
AMHERST, Massachusetts -- 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.
Alana Teutonico (Manhasset, NY), Williams's all-time leading scorer, gave the Ephs a 1-0 lead just under seven minutes into the game, and both teams traded goals throughout most of the first half. Amherst took its first lead of the game with 8:03 before the break as rookie Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) notched her second goal in a 42 second span for a 4-3 advantage.
Williams tied the match at 4-4 with a goal by sophomore Robin Severud (Greenwich, CT) at the 28:05 mark. Katherine Poulin (St. Davids, PA) sent Amherst into halftime with a 5-4 lead on her goal with 1:14 before the break.
Caroline Nesbit (Wellesley, MA) evened the score at 5-5 early in the second, but Amherst closed out the game with a three-goal rally as the hosts held the Ephs scoreless in the final 25 minutes. Kestner posted two of her goals during the second half on Senior Day, along with a shot by junior midfielder Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE).
Rookie keeper Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) made 13 saves for the win, including three in the closing two minutes of the game. Juliane Austin (Greensburg, PA) stopped seven Amherst shots for the Ephs.
Williams (12-1) 4 1 -- 5 Amherst (10-3) 5 3 -- 8 Williams G A P Amherst G A P Alana Teutonico 2 1 3 Heather Kestner 3 0 3 Caroline Nesbit 1 2 3 Kristin Osborn 2 0 2 Robin Severud 1 0 1 Irene Permut 1 0 1 Lauren Gioia 1 0 1 Katherine Poulin 1 0 1 Tina Eide 0 1 1 Jen Corso 1 0 1 Totals 5 4 9 Totals 8 0 8
Shots: A 21, W 23.
Free Position Shots: A 4, W 3.
Goalie Saves: A Jess Thaxton 13, W Juliane Austin 7.
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