Jeffs Hold Off Tufts for 9-8 NESCAC Win

April 18, 2001

From at Tufts University Release... 

MEDFORD - After building an 8-3 lead on the strength of three goals by senior co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ), second-ranked Amherst College had to hold off a late charge by host Tufts University to register a 9-8 victory in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon. 

Tied 2-2 early in the game, Amherst scored the next five goals to take a 7-2 lead. Osborn had all three of her goals during the stretch, including her third for the 7-2 margin at 2:36 of the first half. The Jumbos pulled within 7-3 at the half on a goal by senior co-captain Jen Gregorian (Wayland, MA) at 1:42. 

Freshman Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) regained a five-goal lead for the Jeffs by scoring 2:13 into the second half. The favored visitors appeared poised to take control of the game. Tufts responded by scoring the next three goals to cut the gap to 8-6 on sophomore Dana Chivvis' (New Canaan, CT) goal with 8:06 remaining. The Tufts defense kept Amherst off the scoreboard for more than 20 minutes before sophomore Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ) scored her second of the game at 7:17 to stop the run. The Jumbos soon sliced the lead all the way down to one, 9-8, with goals by junior Christina Orf (Lexington, MA) at 4:22 and Gregorian's second with 1:29 to go. 

Amherst did a good job playing keep away for most of the remainder, but Tufts did manage two possessions in front of the Amherst goal during the final 10 seconds that produced much excitement, but no goal. The Jeffs improved to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the NESCAC. Tufts, proving themselves better than a 1-5 NESCAC record indicates, dropped to 5-5 overall. 

Sophomore Abigail Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) also scored twice for Amherst, who got six saves from senior Jessica Thaxton (Wayland, MA) in goal. Chivvis, coming into her own as a goal scorer with 16 total, led Tufts with three goals. Sophomore goalie Ari Kristan (South Windsor, CT) made seven saves. Wednesday, April 18, 2001 @ Tufts University (Medford, MA) 1 2 -- Final Amherst (9-1/5-1) 7 2 9 Tufts (5-5/1-5) 2 6 8 SCORING: AC - Kristin Osborn 3, Erin Beaumont 2, Abigail Ouimet 2, Allison Aldrich, Jackie Sargent Tufts - Dana Chivvis 3, Jen Gregorian 2, Maureen Mahon, Christina Orf, Katie Richardson ASSISTS: AC - Ouimet, Sarah Scheessele, Brianne Watkins Tufts - Mahon GOALKEEPING: AC - Jessica Thaxton, 6 saves (8 ga, 60:00) Tufts - Ari Kristan, 7 saves (9 ga, 60:00) -end-




Wednesday, April 18, 2001     1     2   --   F
Amherst (9-1/5-1)   7     2   --   9
Tufts (5-5/1-5)   2     6   --   8


SCORING 
AC - AC - Kristin Osborn 3, Erin Beaumont 2, Abigail Ouimet 2, Allison Aldrich, Jackie Sargent 
Tufts - Dana Chivvis 3, Jen Gregorian 2, Maureen Mahon, Christina Orf, Katie Richardson 

ASSISTS
AC - Ouimet, Sarah Scheessele, Brianne Watkins 
Tufts - Mahon 

GOALKEEPING
AC - Jessica Thaxton, 6 saves (8 ga, 60:00) 
Tufts - Ari Kristan, 7 saves (9 ga, 60:00)