Osborn Breaks Scoring Records as Jeffs Paste Colby, 14-3

April 1, 2001

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - 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's record-breaking afternoon began on the Jeffs' second goal of the game, as the senior converted an Aldrich feed 5:35 into the match to put the hosts up 2-0, after an Aldrich goal had opened the scoring three minutes earlier. The assist brought Osborn to 186 career points, matching the school record held by Greta Green '96. Colby, whose first three games have all been against top-five teams, charged right back, cutting the Amherst lead in half at the 21:39-mark on a goal from senior Angela Pappas (Gwynedd Valley, PA). The Pappas goal, however, would be Colby's last of the half, as Amherst began to take the game over in the midfield. 

Osborn broke Green's career points record on Amherst's third goal of the game, setting up Ouimet at 17:37 to extend the Amherst lead to 3-1, before the duo reversed roles at the 9:42-mark to give the Jeffs a 4-1 advantage. Beaumont finished an Aldrich helper just inside the six-minute mark to push the margin to 5-1, and sophomore Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA), Beaumont and junior Carrie Foster (Warsaw, OH) would all add goals before halftime, to which the Jeffs took an 8-1 advantage. 

In the second half, the Jeffs continued to have the better part of play, with Aldrich and Osborn combining for three straight goals to open up an 11-1 cushion. Osborn's first goal of the half, which came off a Beaumont feed at 23:42, was her 130th career tally, moving her past Heidi Cline '98 as Amherst's all-time leading goal-scorer. Colby, however, continued to take advantage of their scoring opportunities, and sophomore White Mule attacker Lauren Gremelspacher (Granby, CT) sneaked a shot past high-school teammate Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) at the 18:37-mark to cut the Amherst advantage to 11-2. 

Osborn put the game away, however, with another pair of goals, capping a stretch in which she scored four consecutive Jeff tallies with a goal off a Meghan Hely (Westfield, NJ) feed at the 8:48-mark and a tally off a feed from Foster with 5:51 remaining. Sophomore Colby defender Katie Trainor (Rye, NH) added an unassisted tally two minutes later, before Ouimet capped the scoring with a successful free-position attempt with 1:19 to go. All told, the Jeffs finished with a 37-12 advantage in shots, and the margin could have been far worse were it not for a sensational performance from sophomore Colby goalkeeper Anna Schierberl-Scherr (Portsmouth, NH). Schierberl-Scherr finished with 22 saves on the day, keeping the Mules in the game until well into the second half. 

For the Jeffs, Osborn's seven-point performance was only one of a host of solid efforts, including the four-point effort from Aldrich and the two-goal, one-assist marks from Beaumont and Ouimet. Sophomore Laura Schifter (Washington, DC) picked up a pair of assists, while sophomore Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) and senior Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) split time evenly between the pipes, posting five and four saves, respectively. 

With the win, the Jeffs, the unanimous number-one team in the nation in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll, improve to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in NESCAC match-ups. Next up for the squad is Wednesday's home date with the Trinity College Bantams, the Jeffs' first opponent of the 2001 season not ranked nationally, before Saturday's showdown at third-ranked Middlebury College. Colby, who opened the season with a brutal stretch against Middlebury, fifth-ranked Williams and Amherst, falls to 0-3 overall and in league play, with a rare night game on Wednesday at Bates College next on the schedule.

Sunday, April 1, 2001     1     2   --   F
No. 19 Colby (0-3, 0-3)   1     2   --   3
No. 1 Amherst (4-0, 1-0)   8     6   --   14

AC: Kristin Osborn 6, Allison Aldrich 2, Erin Beaumont 2, Abby Ouimet 2, Mary Kate Allen, Carrie Foster 
CC: Lauren Gremelspacher, Angela Pappas, Katie Trainor 

AC: Aldrich 2, Laura Schifter 2, Beaumont, Foster, Meghan Hely, O'Connor, Osborn, Ouimet 
CC: Marcia Ingraham 

AC: Jess Thaxton, 4 saves (1 ga, 30 minutes), Brooke Diamond, 5 saves (2 ga, 30 minutes) 
CC: Anna Schierberl-Scherr, 22 saves (14 ga, 60 minutes) 

AC 37, CC 12;

AC 16, CC 9; 

AC 10, CC 3;

AC 14, CC 22;