Four Earn Regional All-America Honors Kestner, Permut Eligible for National Recognition

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- 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) and Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) earned First Team honors and are now eligible for National All-America recognition. Kestner, a tri-captain and midfielder, was named a Senior All-Star, NESCAC Player of the Week, NESN Athlete of the Week and ECAC Tournament MVP within a span of a week for her outstanding performances that helped Amherst upset undefeated Williams and claim its second-straight ECAC Championship. Permut leads the team in caused turnovers, forcing 41 while committing only 12 in 15 games for a 3.4 to 1 ratio. The junior registered six goals and eight assists from the midfield. Both have also been named to the NFHCA All-Academic Squad for field hockey, where Permut claimed First Team All-America honors this past fall.

Seniors Heidi Cline (Andover, MA) and Jessica Flynn (Newton, NJ) earned Second Team honors on offense and defense, respectively. Cline posted 44 goals and 11 assists (55 points) as the team's second leading scorer (to Kestner's 46-10-56), and she closed out her career as Amherst's second all-time leading scorer with 171 points, and first in career goals with 129. Kestner finished third and second, respectively. Flynn was Amherst's top defender, stifling opposing offenses while dishing out a pair of assists.

Amherst women's lacrosse finished the 1998 campaign with a 12-3 record as two-time ECAC Champions. The team tied last year's mark of most wins in a season with a dozen, and the squad saw both Cline and Kestner score their 100th career goal during the season. The team concluded the season with a four-game win streak and ranked No. 10 in the nation.

1998 New England Regional All-Americans

First Team
Heather Kestner                 Amherst
Adrienne Gratry                 Bowdoin
Lina Chickering                 Middlebury
Amity Wall                      Middlebury
Jennifer Martinelli             Trinity
Dorothy Cavanagh                Trinity
Alana Teutonico                 Williams

Irene Permut                    Amherst
Molly McMahon                   Bates
Lauren Gioia                    Williams
Heidi Howard                    Middlebury
Missy Hopkins                   Middlebury
Amanda Tucker                   Trinity
Jessica Maclellan               Tufts

Emily Bracken                   Middlebury

Second Team
Heidi Cline                     Amherst
Christie Browning               Colby
Anna Stancioff                  Conn College
Jessica Striebel                Mount Holyoke
Ashley Knowles                  Trinity
Jane Griffin                    Wellesley
Caroline Nesbit                 Williams

Jessica Flynn                   Amherst
Kristina Stahl                  Colby
Christina Seta                  Conn College
Heidi Dripps                    Middlebury
Rachel Li                       Wellesley
Christina "Tina" Eide           Williams
Courtney Stokes                 Williams

Bowen Holden                    Bowdoin

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