April 10, 2001
NEW LONDON, Connecticut - 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.
Osborn, who became the first Amherst player to eclipse the 200-point plateau in Saturday's loss at top-ranked Middlebury College, started the scoring for the second-ranked Jeffs with a free-position rocket at the 25:01 mark. The senior's 22nd goal of the season started an 8-0 run for the visitors, after Camel sophomore Justine Baruch (Golden, CO) opened the scoring at 26:01. After the Jeffs connected on only one of their first 10 shots, they scored on seven of their next nine, including three tallies from Beaumont and one each from Scheessele, first-year Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) and sophomores Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) and Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA).
Connecticut junior Liza Hansel (Keene, NH) converted a free-position attempt with 6:23 left in the half, before Scheessele added a free-position tally of her own to give the Jeffs a 9-2 lead at the intermission. All told, Amherst outshot the Camels 23-5 in the opening period, dominating possession in the midfield.
In the second half, the Camels put more pressure on the Jeffs in the midfield, turning the NESCAC contest into more of an up-and-down affair. The Jeff defense, largely untested in the first period, came through time and again after halftime, anchored by junior Cara Coscarelli (W. Hartford, CT) and senior co-captain Alison Kitay (Washington, DC). Sophomore goaltender Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), who came on in relief of starter Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) at halftime, came up with a couple of clutch saves, as the Jeffs held the defending ECAC champions to only one goal in the second half, a nifty finish from senior Laura Highmark (W. Hartford, CT) with 10:26 remaining.
Offensively, the Jeffs slowed the pace down in the second 30 minutes, picking up a pair of goals from Osborn, a free-position score from junior Meg Hely (Washington, DC), and a pretty one-timer from Scheessele off a Laura Schifter (Washington, DC) feed. Scheessele's 17th tally of the year capped the scoring at 13-3, as the Jeffs picked up their fifth win over a top-20 team in seven games.
With the win, the Jeffs improve to 6-1, 3-1 in NESCAC play, heading into Thursday's game with Wellesley. The game against the Blue is the Jeffs' last non-conference game, before finishing the regular season with five straight conference games, the first of which comes Saturday at home against Wesleyan University. The Camels, who fall to 4-4, 3-3 in NESCAC play, host Mount Holyoke College on Thursday afternoon.
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AC - Beaumont 3, Osborn 3, Scheessele 3, Aldrich, Allen, Hely, Ouimet;
CC - Baruch, Hansel, Highmark;
AC -Beaumont 2, Schifter 2, Allen, O'Connor, Osborn, Ouimet, Scheessele;
CC - Ritchie, Stieff;
AC - Jess Thaxton, 1 save (2 ga, 30:00); Brooke Diamond, 5 saves (1 ga, 30:00)
CC - Elayna Zachko, 8 saves (13 ga, 60:00);
Shots: AC 31, CC 9;
Ground Balls: AC 19, CC 10;
Turnovers: AC 11, CC 21;
Draw Controls: AC 14, CC 4;
Fouls: AC 6, CC 16;