After being named the IWLCA New England Region Division III coach of the year, Amherst head women's lacrosse coach Chris Paradis took home all of the hardware by being named the 1999 IWLCA Division III National Coach of the Year.
In a battle between teams in search of their first NCAA Tournament wins, the offensive-minded Amherst College women's lacrosse team came away with a scorching 21-13 win over the visiting Colorado College Tigers in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
Finishing the regular season with the best single-season record in team history, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team received a bid to compete in the NCAA Division III Tournament. At 11-2, the Jeffs will play host to the Colorado College Tigers (12-5-1) in the first-round at Amherst College on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
It was senior day at Pratt Field, and Jen Corso '99 (Collingswood, NJ) made sure the visiting women from Wellesley College knew all about it. In her final game before a home crowd, Corso notched a career day and helped Amherst blow out their fourth consecutive opponent. While Corso tallied a team-high 5 goals, the Lord Jeffs scored more than 15 goals for the fourth straight game and are averaging 18.5 goals per game over that stretch. At 8-2, with one of the losses coming by way of a tightly contested 11-8 showdown with top-ranked Middlebury, the Jeffs are in prime position to nab their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1996.
The Amherst College Lady Jeff lacrosse team knows how to score. In their last three games, the Jeffs have scored a total of 58 goals. That is an average of 19.3 goals per game. After disposing of nationally-ranked squads Denison (21-11) and Tufts (19-5), the Jeffs hit their home field this morning and put a lickin' on the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals. With their uncanny scoring punch, the Jeffs clipped the Cardinals wings from the very start, outmatching Wesleyan in every conceivable way enroute to the decisive win. Amherst outshot Wesleyan 29-11, while defensively, the Jeffs caused 9 more turnovers than the Cardinals.
Amherst College sported six different players scoring two or more goals and twelve different players scored in all as they put 20 goals on the board in a women's lacrosse victory over Springfield College Tuesday afternoon at Pratt Field. Sophomore scoring leader Kristen Osborn (Morristown, NJ) notched three goals and two assists while fellow sophomore Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) put another three goals past the Pride goalkeeper.
Twelve goals were scored by four players for the Amherst College Lord Jeffs as they dominated the Smith College Pioneers in a 16-5 win at Pratt Field this afternoon. Led by sophomore Kristen Osborn (Morristown, NJ), who tallied 4 goals and 3 assists (9 goals thus far in just 3 games), Amherst overcame a special zone defense set up by the Pioneers in an attempt to slow the high-powered Jeffs. Senior Tri-Captain Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) scored 3 goals and 1 assist, junior Alie Stechenberg (Longmeadow, MA) exploded for 3 goals, and senior Eliza Meade (Newton, MA) added 2 goals of her own. Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Thaxton (Wayland, MA) recorded 5 saves as the Lord Jeff defense stymied the Smith offense, allowing just 10 shots on goal. On the flip-side, the high-octane Amherst attack launched 27 shots on the Pioneer net and finished the day with a connection percentage of over 50 percent.
Losing Regional All-Americans Heather Kestner, Heidi Cline, and Jess Flynn, along with Liz Roth and defensive stopper Erika Johnson to graduation will mean the 1999 squad has some big shoes to fill. However, a core group of experienced players return to the line-up with high expectations. Senior captains Aimee Carroll, Jen Corso and Irene Permut will lead the team, along with returning attackers Rachel Bernstein, Katherine Haver, Kristin Osborn, Katherine Poulin, Sarah Scheessele and Alie Stechenberg. Defensively Permut and Carroll return with Kathleen Sanford, Alison Kitay, Caroline Bruce, Alexa Faigen, Anita Nabha and Charlotte Taylor. In goal, Sarah Evans and Jess Thaxton return after both contributing to the 1998 campaign.