April 16, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. - 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, who was named the InsideLacrosse Division III National Player of the Week after a four-goal performance in Amherst's 12-7 opening-day victory at Mary Washington College, helped the Jeffs bounce back from their first loss of the season, tallying three goals and an assist in a 13-3 win at Connecticut College just three days after an 18-11 defeat at top-ranked Middlebury College on April 7.
Two days later, the senior was one of three Jeffs with three or more goals in a 17-8 pasting of Wellesley College, an NCAA Tournament team in 2000. Scheessele's conversion of an Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) feed gave the Jeffs an 8-0 lead late in the first half, which Wellesley would cut to 8-2 by halftime. After the half, a goal from senior co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) put the Jeffs ahead 9-2, before Scheessele and sophomore Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) took turns scoring the game's next four goals, pushing the Amherst edge out to 13-2. Wellesley rallied down the stretch to make the final score closer, but the Jeffs had their second convincing victory of the week, thanks to the trio of Ouimet, who finished with a career-high six goals, Osborn, who added four tallies, and Scheessele.
Scheessele saved her best game of the week for last, however, leading the Jeffs to a 15-1 pounding of Little III rival Wesleyan University on Friday. Scheessele's 21st goal of the season, which came nine minutes into Saturday's match, gave the Jeffs a 3-0 advantage, before she finished a Ouimet feed at the 15:34-mark for a 7-0 lead.
With her third goal of the half, a free-position rocket at 2:49, Scheessele became the sixth player in school history to reach the 100-goal mark for her career, joining Osborn as only the second pair of classmates to surpass the century mark. The goal also extended the Amherst edge to 9-0, before Osborn added her 150th career tally 90 seconds later to give the Jeffs a 10-0 lead going into the half.
The second half saw most of Amherst's starters on the bench, but Scheessele took advantage of limited playing time to add her fourth goal of the game, a conversion of a perfect feed from sophomore Laura Schifter (Washington, DC) with 14:37 remaining that upped the margin to 13-1. All told, Scheessele capped her stellar week with a game-best four goals against the Cardinals, as the Jeffs, ranked second in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, improved to 8-1 on the season, 4-1 in the NESCAC.
Scheessele's solid week also helped her and Osborn pass Heidi Cline '98 and Heather Kestner '98 as the school's highest-scoring duo, breaking their combined record of 334 points (255g, 79a). Scheessele's 10-goal, two-assist week improved her career total to 136 points (101g, 35a), while Osborn, who also finished the week with 10 goals and two assists, upped her school-record scoring total to 216 points (151g, 65a).
The Jeffs, who locked up a bid to the first-ever NESCAC women's lacrosse tournament, finish their season with four consecutive conference matches, beginning Wednesday afternoon at Tufts University. After Tufts, the squad returns home for Saturday's home date with Bowdoin College and next Wednesday's tilt against Bates College, before next Saturday's regular-season finale at arch-rival Williams College.
Scheessele Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week
April 16, 2001