2001 Amherst Women's Lacrosse News

  • Amherst Women's Lacrosse 2001 Milestones
    June 23, 2001
    1) Placed second in the NESCAC with a 17-3 overall record (8-0 NESCAC) and secured a berth in the inaugural NESCAC Postseason Tournament (downed Conn. College and Williams before falling to Middlebury College in the NESCAC Championship game). 2) Secured an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and hosted the Northeast Regional, downing Wellesley and Ithaca Colleges to advance to its second NCAA Final Four in the last three years at Johns Hopkins University. 3) Advanced to the NCAA Championship game with a win over the College of New Jersey in the NCAA Semifinals, before falling to Middlebury in overtime in the NCAA Championship game. 4) Amherst's four seniors - Alison Kitay, Kristin Osborn, Sarah Scheessele and Jess Thaxton - graduated with almost every single school record, including an all-time best won-loss record of 54-10. 5) Shattered the school record for wins with a 17-3 overall record. 6) Finished fifth in the nation in winning percentage (.850), 10th in scoring defense (6.65 GPG), 15th in scoring margin (5.65 goal avg.), 20th in draw controls (11.85/gm.), 22nd in caused turnovers (14.90/gm.) and 30th in scoring offense (12.30 GPG). 7) On March 26, received all eight first-place votes to become the top-ranked team in the nation in the IWLCA Weekly National Poll for the first time in school history after a thrilling 8-7 victory at the defending national champion College of New Jersey (TCNJ).
  • Women's Lacrosse Trio Named ECAC All-Stars
    June 22, 2001
    Amherst College Women's Lacrosse seniors Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA), Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) and Alison Kitay (Washington, DC) can add First Team ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse All-Star to their growing list of athletic honors. The trio led the Jeffs to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Championships at Johns Hopkins University earlier this spring, and were each named 360Lacrosse.com and US Lacrosse All-Americans, later receiving honors from the First-Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference and Brine/IWLCA All-America.
  • More Postseason Honors for Women's Lacrosse
    May 30, 2001
    After leading the Amherst College women's lacrosse team to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Championships at Johns Hopkins University, seniors Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ), Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) and Alison Kitay (Washington, DC) were named 360Lacrosse.com and US Lacrosse All-Americans. The trio also earned First-Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference and Brine/IWLCA All-America honors earlier in May. Additionally, 360Lacrosse.com tabbed Osborn the 2001 Division III Midfielder of the Year and named sophomore teammate Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) a Third-Team All-American.
  • Osborn, Scheessele & Kitay Tabbed Brine First-Team All-Americans
    May 22, 2001
    Amherst College senior women's lacrosse players Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ), Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) and Alison Kitay (Washington, DC), who led the Jeffs to the NCAA Division III Championship game last weekend at Johns Hopkins University, were named Brine Division III All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association on Tuesday. Scheessele and Osborn are repeat first-team selections, while Kitay was a third-team pick as a junior. The trio also earned First-Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors following standout performances in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament.
  • Jeffs Fall to Middlebury in NCAA Title Game
    May 20, 2001
    Middlebury College senior Betsy Wheeler scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal 24 seconds into the first overtime period to cap a dramatic rally for the Panthers, who knocked off Amherst College in Sunday's NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship game, 11-10. Middlebury captured its third national title while the Jeffs finished their best season in school history with a record of 17-3.
  • Jeffs Use Overtime to Down TCNJ in NCAA Semifinals
    May 19, 2001
    Sophomore attack Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) scored the game-tying goal with 12 seconds left in regulation and senior Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) added the game-winner 1:56 into the first overtime as the Amherst College women's lacrosse team rallied from a 10-7 second-half deficit to knock off the defending national champion College of New Jersey, 11-10, in Saturday's NCAA Division III Semifinals at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Jeffs to Face Defending National Champs In Saturday's Final Four
    May 15, 2001
    With a 13-6 victory over 10th-ranked Ithaca College in Sunday's NCAA Division III national quarterfinal game, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team (16-2) earned its second-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four, becoming the eighth team in school history to reach the national semifinals. If the Jeffs have a strong sense of deja vu heading into the weekend, it's more than understandable, for their opponent in Saturday's second national semifinal at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University is the defending NCAA champions of the College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The Jeffs, in their only previous trip to the Final Four, defeated the same Lions squad in the 1999 national semifinals, also played at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field, before falling to Middlebury College in a 10-9 championship game thriller.
  • Jeffs Advance to Div. III Final Four With 13-6 Win Over Ithaca
    May 13, 2001
    First-year Amherst College attacker Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) scored a career-high four goals, and senior Jeff co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) added three tallies and three assists, as the Amherst women's lacrosse team rolled to a 13-6 victory over visiting Ithaca College in Sunday's NCAA Division III Regional Championship game. With the win, the Jeffs (16-2) advance to their second-ever Final Four, where they will face the defending NCAA champion College of New Jersey Lions in next Saturday's semifinals at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Ithaca Knocks Off St. Mary's in NCAA Regional at Amherst
    May 12, 2001
    Ithaca College women's lacrosse sophomore Jessica Welch (Ithaca, NY) finished a pretty shovel pass from senior Bomber co-captain Kelly Bliss (Tully, NY) for what would prove to be the game-winning goal, as the Bombers rallied from a 7-2 halftime deficit to knock off St. Mary's College of Maryland, 9-8, in Saturday's NCAA Regional Semifinals at Amherst College. With the win, their first ever in an NCAA Tournament, the seventh-seeded Bombers advance to Sunday's regional finals, where they will face host and second-seeded Amherst, 20-10 victors over Wellesley College in Saturday's first game.
  • Jeffs Win School-Record 15th With 20-10 Victory over Wellesley in NCAA Regionals
    May 12, 2001
    The Amherst College women's lacrosse team, the number-two seed in the 2001 NCAA Division III women's lacrosse tournament, received five goals each from senior co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) and sophomore Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) en route to a season-high 20 goals in a 20-10 victory over Wellesley in NCAA Regional Semifinal action on Hitchcock Field on Saturday. The Jeffs, who set a new school record with their 15th win of the season, opened up leads of 18-3 and 19-4 in the second half, before a late Wellesley surge accounted for the final 10-goal margin.
  • Four W-Lax Players Receive Conference Honors
    May 11, 2001
    Four members of the Amherst College women's lacrosse team, which hosts one of four NCAA regionals tomorrow and Sunday on Hitchcock Field, were tabbed All-NESCAC on Wednesday, including three first team selections. The Jeffs (14-2), who will go for their school-record 15th win of the season in Saturday's NCAA Regional Semifinals against Wellesley College, are currently the second-ranked team in the country, behind only top-ranked Middlebury College (13-0), the team responsible for both of Amherst's losses.
  • Game Times, Ticket Prices Set for NCAA Regional
    May 08, 2001
    The Amherst College athletic department has announced ticket prices and start times for this weekend's NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Regional Semifinals and Finals at Amherst, with a trip to next weekend's Final Four at Johns Hopkins University at stake.
  • Amherst Set to Host NCAA Women's Lacrosse Regional
    May 07, 2001
    Despite falling to top-ranked Middlebury College in Sunday's NESCAC championship game, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team, the number-two team in the country in the latest national poll, earned its thirdever bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, and will host one of the tourney's four four-team regionals on Hitchcock Field next weekend. The Jeffs are paired with Wellesley College, champions of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in Saturday's first regional semifinal, while St. Mary's College of Maryland and Ithaca College, who both received independent bids to the 16-team NCAA field, will face each other in the nightcap. For Amherst, St. Mary's and Wellesley, this is the third NCAA appearance all-time, while Ithaca College is making its fifth trip to the national tournament.
  • No. 1 Middlebury Holds off Second-Half Amherst Rally in NESCAC Title Game
    May 06, 2001
    The Middlebury College women's lacrosse team, ranked number-one in Division III, built a 7-1 halftime lead over second-ranked Amherst College and then withstood a furious rally from the visiting Jeffs in the second half, eventually hanging on for a 9-6 victory in Sunday's NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Game. With the win, the Panthers (13-0) earn the NESCAC's automatic bid to the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The Jeffs (14-2), whose only two losses are to Middlebury, are almost assured of the lone at-large bid to the 16-team NCAA field, with seedings and pairings announced on Sunday night.
  • No. 2 Jeffs Cruise Past No. 4 Williams, 9-6, and into NESCAC Championship Game
    May 05, 2001
    One week to the day after posting a career-high 11 saves in a double-overtime regular-season win at arch-rival Williams College, sophomore Amherst College women's lacrosse goalie Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) stopped 12 Williams shots, including 10 in the second half, to knock the Ephs out of the NESCAC Tournament with a 9-6 victory. With the win, the Jeffs improve to 14-1, advance to tomorrow's NESCAC Championship at top-ranked Middlebury College, and likely clinch a spot in the 2001 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament, eliminating the Ephs from contention in the process.
  • Brooke Diamond Tabbed Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week
    May 02, 2001
    Sophomore Amherst College women's lacrosse goalkeeper Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) was named the Inside Lacrosse National Division III Player of the Week on Tuesday, after turning in a career performance to help the Jeffs upend arch-rival Williams College in a thrilling, 8-7 double-overtime game in Williamstown last Saturday. Diamond, who splits time between the pipes with Jeff senior Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA), is the third different Amherst player to receive the national honor this season, after seniors Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) and Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) earned the distinction in consecutive weeks in March.
  • Jeffs Advance to NESCAC Semis With 16-5 Win Over Conn.
    May 01, 2001
    Sophomore Amherst College midfielder Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) posted a career-high nine points, tallying four goals and five assists, and senior co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) added a pair of goals and four helpers, as the second-seeded Jeffs cruised past seventh-seeded Connecticut College, 16-5, in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Jeffs (13-1) advance to Saturday's conference semifinals at top-seeded Middlebury College, where they will face third-seeded Williams College, 21-3 victors over sixth-seeded Bates on Tuesday.
  • Men's & Women's Lacrosse Earn NESCAC Tournament Bids
    April 29, 2001
    The Amherst College men's and women's lacrosse teams have both qualified for the inaugural New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament championships in their respective sports, and the two teams will both be in action in Tuesday afternoon quarterfinals. The men, who finished the regular season 5-7, 2-7 in the 10-team league, finished tied with Bates College for the final spot in the seven-team draw but held the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bobcats, and will travel to second-seeded Wesleyan University (14-1, 8-0 NESCAC) in one of three first-round games on Tuesday. The women, who finished the regular season in dramatic fashion with an 8-7 double-overtime victory at arch-rival Williams College on Saturday, earned the second seed in the seven-team women's draw, and will host seventh-seeded Connecticut College (6-8, 3-6 NESCAC) in quarterfinal action on Hitchcock Field.
  • Jeffs Rally For Thrilling 8-7 Sudden-Death Victory at Williams
    April 28, 2001
    Not even a broken-down bus could stop the Amherst College women's lacrosse team on this day. After mechanical difficulties delayed the start by 20 minutes, it would be over two hours before senior Amherst attacker Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) fired a left-handed shot past Williams College goalkeeper Abi Jackson (Jamaica Plain, MA) 64 seconds into the first sudden-death overtime, lifting the second-ranked Jeffs to a dramatic 8-7 victory over the fourth-ranked Ephs on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Amherst (12-1, 8-1 NESCAC) locks up the second seed in next week's NESCAC Tournament, where they will host an opponent to be determined-probably seventh-seeded Connecticut College-in Tuesday's first round.
  • Osborn Scores Seven to Lead No. 2 W-Lax to Sixth-Straight Win
    April 25, 2001
    On Senior Day, senior Amherst College co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) scored seven goals, one shy of her own single-game school record, and added an assist to lead the second-ranked women's lacrosse team to a solid 19-9 victory over visiting Bates College. The Bobcats, who were an honorable mention in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, fall to 9-5 on the season, 3-5 in NESCAC play, while the Jeffs improve to 11-1, 7-1 in league contests, heading into Saturday's regular-season finale at fourth-ranked Williams College.
  • No. 2 Jeffs Run Past 15th Ranked Bowdoin, 13-8
    April 21, 2001
    Four different players scored as part of a 5-0 early second-half run for host Amherst College, as the Jeffs picked up a convincing 13-8 win over visiting Bowdoin College in a showdown of nationally-ranked women's lacrosse teams on Saturday. Senior Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) led the second-ranked Jeffs with four goals, and sophomores Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) and Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) each added three goals and a pair of assists, as Amherst improves to 10-1 on the season, 6-1 in conference games. Bowdoin, who received a pair of goals from first-year Samantha Hall (Bernardsville, NJ), falls to 5-4 on the season, 3-4 in league play.
  • Jeffs Hold Off Tufts for 9-8 NESCAC Win
    April 18, 2001
    After building an 8-3 lead on the strength of three goals by senior co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ), second-ranked Amherst College had to hold off a late charge by host Tufts University to register a 9-8 victory in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Scheessele Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week
    April 16, 2001
    Senior Amherst College attacker Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week on Monday, after leading the Jeffs to a dominating 3-0 week with 10 goals and two assists.
  • Scheessele Passes Century-Mark as W-Lax Mauls Wesleyan
    April 14, 2001
    Amherst College senior Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) scored a game-high four goals, including the 100th of her career, to lead the second-ranked women's lacrosse team to a dominating 15-1 victory over Little III and NESCAC rival Wesleyan University in Amherst on Saturday afternoon. Sophomores Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ) and Laura Schifter (Washington, DC) each picked up four points, and senior co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) added a hat trick, as the Jeffs improve to 8-1 on the season, 4-1 in league games. Wesleyan, whose lone goal came from junior Sara Broder-Fingert (Newtown, MA), falls to 2-6, 0-5 in the NESCAC.
  • Ouimet Leads Jeffs Past Wellesley, 17-8
    April 12, 2001
    Sophomore Amherst College attacker Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) scored three times in each half en route to a career-high six goals, leading the second-ranked women's lacrosse team to a 17-8 victory over visiting Wellesley College on Thursday afternoon. Senior co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) added four goals and two assists for the Jeffs (7-1), and classmate Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) added three tallies and one helper, as Amherst snapped Wellesley's (8-3) four-game win streak.
  • No. 2 W-Lax Cruises Past 20th Ranked Conn. College, 13-3
    April 10, 2001
    The Amherst College women's lacrosse team rebounded from its first loss to post one of its best all-around efforts of the season on Tuesday, using a balanced offensive attack and stellar defense to cruise past 20th-ranked Connecticut College, 13-3. Jeff sophomore Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ) led the way with three goals and two assists, with seniors Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) and Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) adding three goals and one assist each. With the win, the Jeffs improve to 6-1, 3-1 in the NESCAC, heading into Thursday's home date against non-conference foe Wellesley College.
  • No. 3 Middlebury Downs Top-Ranked Jeffs, 18-11
    April 07, 2001
    The Middlebury College women's lacrosse team wrapped a 7-1 run around halftime, including a pair of goals in the first 24 seconds of the second period, en route to an 18-11 victory over top-ranked Amherst College on Saturday in a showdown of two of the nation's top three teams.
  • Top-Ranked W-Lax Improves to 5-0 With 13-6 Win Over Trinity
    April 04, 2001
    Senior All-American co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) scored five goals and assisted on two others as the top-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team improved to 5-0 (2-0 NESCAC) with a 13-6 win over NESCAC rival Trinity College (4-3/1-3 NESCAC) Wednesday at Hitchcock Field.
  • Osborn Breaks Scoring Records as Jeffs Paste Colby, 14-3
    April 01, 2001
    Senior Amherst College co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) netted six goals and an assist on Sunday to lead the top-ranked women's lacrosse team to a 14-3 victory over 19th-ranked Colby College in the Jeffs' NESCAC conference opener at Springfield College. With the seven-point afternoon, Osborn becomes Amherst's all-time leading point and goal-scorer, bringing her career total to 192 points (133g, 59a). First-year Amherst attacker Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) added two goals and two assists, and sophomores Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ) and Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) each added a pair of goals and an assist as the Jeffs improve to 4-0 on the season.
  • Osborn Sweeps National Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week Honors
    March 27, 2001
    After leading the Amherst College women's lacrosse team to a three-game sweep of top-10 teams in the opening week of the season, including an 8-7 victory at the top-ranked College of New Jersey (TCNJ), senior Jeff co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) swept the weekly national honors on Tuesday after being named both the 360Lacrosse and the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III Player of the Week.
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