Amherst Offense Blows by Colorado College, 21-13


Jeffs earn first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, advance to take on Bowdoin in the NCAA Quarterfinals

 
AMHERST, Massachusetts -- 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.
 
Despite the cool drizzle on the field, Amherst wasted no time heating it up on the scoreboard. What seemed to be a closely contested match turned out to be an Amherst offensive deluge in the first half. Tied at 2-2, Colorado College attackers Mary Everitt (Whittier, CA) and Kelli Kessler (Cedar Grove, NJ) both missed wide open opportunities to score on free penalty shots. From there, the Jeffs took the missed shots and turned them into seven unanswered goals.
 
Before the Tigers knew what hit them, the score was 9-2 and out of reach. Amherst sophomore Kristen Osborn (Morristown, NJ) led the charge, scoring two goals during the stretch and finishing the game with four total. Fellow sophomore Sarah Scheessele (PIttsburgh, PA) was pivotal during the onslaught and rounded out the day with an astonishing seven-point effort (3 goals and 4 assists). The 14 goals scored by Amherst in the first half ties them for fifth place all-time for most goals scored in a half in NCAA Division III Tournament play. Colorado College coach Susan Stuart commented, "When they made their run in the first half, it didn't seem to matter what defensive changes we made. We just couldn't match their offensive speed." And for Amherst, speed it certainly was. The Jeffs dominated midfield and used their superior speed to jut in and out and through the Tiger defense. Amherst coach Chris Paradis said of the effort, "We had some jitters in the first half and were a little complacent defensively, but we answered back with some key goals and took charge of the game when we needed to." Colorado College attack Kelli Kessler led the Tigers with 5 goals on the day, including four in a row in the second half.
 
The win improves the Amherst record to a school record 12-2 while the loss drops Colorado College to 12-6-1. Amherst advances into the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament where they will take on Bowdoin College this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 (at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine).
 
Colorado College (12-6-1) 3 10 13
Amherst (12-2) 14 7 21
 
Scoring:
CC: Kelli Kessler 5, Sarah Blair 2, Emily Roberts 2, Mary Everitt 2, Sara Hill, Chrissy Buckley
A: Kristen Osborn 4, Katherine Poulin 4, Jen Corso 4, Sarah Scheessele 3, Alie Stechenberg 3, Irene Permut, Rachel Bernstein, Eliza Meade
 
Assists:
CC: Nikki Thomas 2, Mary Everitt, Emily Roberts, Sarah Blair
A: Sarah Scheessele 4, Eliza Meade 2, Irene Permut, Anne Close
 
Saves:
CC: Kirsten Harlow 14
A: Jessica Thaxton 7