Top-Ranked W-Lax Improves to 5-0 With 13-6 Win Over Trinity

April 4, 2001

AMHERST, MA - 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. 

The Jeffs placed seven players in the scoring column, including sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) and senior attack Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA), who each posted a pair of goals. Meanwhile, senior Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) and sophomore Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, CT) combined in goal for the win. Thaxton finished with nine saves, allowing just three goals in 40 minutes, while Diamond tallied three saves in 20 minutes with three goals allowed. 

Amherst jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable 7-1 halftime lead and badly outshot the Bantams before the break. Sophomore attack Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) set the tone just 55 seconds into the game with her sixth goal of the season and assisted on the next two Amherst scores by Osborn and Scheessele, each within the seventh minute. Scheessele, sophomore Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ), Allen and Osborn then capped the first-half Amherst barrage with a quartet of goals during a nine-minute flurry to end the half, effectively putting the game out of reach. In fact, the Jeffs almost blanked Trinity in the first half, except for a lone goal by Bantam sophomore Katelyn Bowman (Summit, NJ) with 5:45 remaining. 

After Osborn opened the second half with her third goal of the game off a nifty feed from sophomore attack Laura Schifter (Washington, DC), Trinity awoke with scores by Bowman and fellow sophomore Elizabeth Miller (Weston, MA). Not to be outdone, Osborn, first-year phenon Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) and Allen answered with the game's next three goals to put the Jeffs ahead 11-3 with 15:49 remaining. 

Trinity would score three more times in the last seven minutes, including a pair of goals by Miller and a last second blast by first-year midfielder Elizabeth Walsh (Kingstown, RI), but the late rush proved to be too little too late, as Amherst first-year midfielder Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) notched an insurance goal with 2:11 remaining to ice the game for Amherst. 

After a trio of close wins over top-20 opponents Mary Washington, Salisbury State and the College of New Jersey to open the season, Wednesday's victory marked the second straight lopsided affair for the Jeffs, who also downed NESAC rival Colby College 14-3 on Sunday. Amherst will look for win number-six this Saturday at NESCAC rival Middlebury College at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4, 2001     1     2   --   F
Amherst (5-0/2-0)   7     6   --   13
Trinity (4-3/1-3)   1     5   --   6

AC: Kristin Osborn 5, Mary Allen 2, Sarah Scheessele 2, Erin Beaumont 1, Abby Ouimet 1, Allison Aldrich 1, Jackie Sargent 1 
TC: Elizabeth Miller 3, Katelyn Bowman 2, Elizabeth Walsh 1 

AC: Ouimet 4, Osborn 2, Laura Schifter 2, Allen 1, Beaumont 1, Aldrich 1 
TC: Ashley Taylor 2, Walsh 1, Emily Gamble 1 

AC: Jess Thaxton, 9 saves (3 ga, 40 minutes), Brooke Diamond, 3 saves (3 ga, 20 minutes) 
TC: Kelly Jo Burnett, 19 saves (6 ga, 60 minutes)