Osborn Sweeps National Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week Honors

March 27, 2001

AMHERST, Mass. - 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. 

Osborn, who was named a national First-Team All-American after both her sophomore and junior seasons, was Lacrosse Magazine's pick for pre-season 2001 Division III Player of the Year, and she didn't disappoint during Amherst's opening three games. After posting three assists in the Jeffs' 12-7 win over Mary Washington College, the number-10 team in the nation in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll, the senior added a pair of goals in Amherst's come-from-behind 9-7 victory at 10th-ranked Salisbury State University. 

Osborn's heroics, however, were mostly saved for the showdown at TCNJ, a meeting of the top two teams in the nation. After misfiring on each of her five first-half shots, the senior midfielder took over after halftime, scoring Amherst's first five goals of the second period, including four consecutive tallies, to stake the Jeffs to a 7-6 lead inside the seven-minute mark. After TCNJ tied the game, Osborn's classmate, attacker Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) added the game-winner with 4:04 remaining, as the Jeffs handed the Lions their first regular-season loss in 121 games, their first home loss in 76 games, and their first loss of any kind since Amherst's 11-8 victory in the 1999 NCAA National Semifinals. 

For Osborn, the five goals brought her to within one point of Greta Green '96 for Amherst's all-time scoring record, and to within two goals of Heidi Cline '98 for the College's all-time goal-scoring mark. The Morristown, New Jersey native, after a 21-goal, 12-assist rookie campaign, helped lead Amherst to the NCAA national championship game with a school-record 62 points during her sophomore season, netting 48 goals and adding 14 helpers. After breaking her single-season goal and point records with a 51-goal, 29-assist campaign as a junior, Osborn entered the 2001 season 11 points behind Green, and enters Saturday's northern opener against 19th-ranked Colby College with 185 career points, one point shy of Green's school record, and two goals shy of Cline's record tally of 129. 

Osborn was twice named Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week as a junior, and she is the second Amherst player in as many weeks to receive the honor this season, after Scheessele picked up the national Player of the Week honors after her four-goal effort in the Jeffs' 12-7 victory at Mary Washington. 

The Jeffs, who received all eight first-place votes in the March 26 IWLCA weekly poll to move up to the number-one ranking in the nation for the first time in school history, open the northern part of their schedule on Saturday, when they meet Colby. The game, originally scheduled for a 2:00 start in Amherst, has been moved and rescheduled, due to poor field conditions, to a 10 a.m. start at Springfield College.