No. 2 Jeffs Run Past 15th Ranked Bowdoin, 13-8

April 21, 2001

AMHERST, Mass. - Four different players scored as part of a 5-0 early second-half run for host Amherst College, as the Jeffs picked up a convincing 13-8 win over visiting Bowdoin College in a showdown of nationally-ranked women's lacrosse teams on Saturday. Senior Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) led the second-ranked Jeffs with four goals, and sophomores Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) and Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) each added three goals and a pair of assists, as Amherst improves to 10-1 on the season, 6-1 in conference games. Bowdoin, who received a pair of goals from first-year Samantha Hall (Bernardsville, NJ), falls to 5-4 on the season, 3-4 in league play. 

The Jeffs never trailed in Saturday's contest, scoring twice in the first 1:50 on goals from Scheessele and from senior co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) to take an early 2-0 lead. Bowdoin tied the game at two on goals from Hall and sophomore Libby Bourke (Denver, CO), before Scheessele converted a perfect left-to-right feed from Allen to put the Jeffs back ahead midway through the period. Four minutes later, Bowdoin would tie the game at three, and after an Osborn goal on a free-position attempt, the Polar Bears knotted the game at four on an unassisted goal from junior Beth Sherman (South Windsor, CT). 

Allen, however, gave the Jeffs a huge boost heading into halftime, converting an Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) feed with 2:23 left for a 5-4 lead, and sneaking a shot past Bowdoin keeper Julia McCombs (Potomac, MD) with 21 seconds left before halftime to give the Jeffs a 6-4 cushion at the intermission. Sophomore Lindsey Powers (Medway, MA) scored for Bowdoin just 15 seconds into the second half to cut the Amherst edge to one, before the Jeffs broke the game open. 

Scheessele started the run with an unassisted tally at 29:10, before Allen's career-high third goal of the afternoon at 26:04 gave the Jeffs an 8-5 lead. With Amherst repeatedly controlling the draw, the Jeffs continued to press on offense, and Scheessele added her fourth tally of the game just 48 seconds later for a 9-5 Amherst advantage. A free-position goal from Ouimet at the 23:00-mark and a pretty goal in transition from junior Meg Martin (Longmeadow, MA) 1:13 later opened up an 11-5 lead for the Jeffs, before Bowdoin finally stopped the bleeding with a goal from junior Whitney Church (Westwood, MA) at 19:10. 

Just 26 seconds later, however, Ouimet picked up her second goal of the game to push the Amherst lead back to six, and, after back-to-back Polar Bear goals cut the lead to four, sophomore Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) came on in relief of starting Amherst goalie Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) to shut the door on the Polar Bears. Diamond stopped all four shots she faced in the game's final 13:43, and Ouimet finished her hat trick at 6:05 to seal the Jeffs' convincing 13-8 victory. 

For Amherst, Scheessele's four goals-which came on four shots-led the way, with Allen turning in a career-day on the offensive end with three goals and two helpers, matching Ouimet's totals. Osborn added a pair of goals-her 35th and 36th of the season-and Martin chipped in with her second tally of the season. Thaxton posted six saves in over 46 minutes of action, as the Jeffs picked up their fifth-straight win, improving to 10-1 on the season, 6-1 in the NESCAC. With the win, the Jeffs, who return to action on Wednesday for their Senior Day home date with the Bates College Bobcats, locked up a home game in the seven-team NESCAC Tournament, which begins the following Tuesday with three quarterfinal contests. 

The Polar Bears, who received five saves from McCombs in a losing effort, were paced by Hall's two goals and by Bourke's goal and two assists. Bowdoin (5-4, 3-4 NESCAC) falls into a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference, along with Colby and Connecticut Colleges, and hosts Colby in a critical conference tilt on Wednesday.

Saturday, April 21, 2001     1     2   --   F
Amherst (10-1/6-1)   6     7   --   13
Bowdoin (5-4/3-4)   4     4   --   8

AC - Scheessele 4, Allen 3, Ouimet 3, Osborn 2, Martin; 
BC - Hall 2, Bourke, Bradley, Burrage, Church, Powers, Sherman; 

AC - Allen 2, Ouimet 2, Aldrich, Beaumont, Jamieson; 
BC - Bourke 2, Powers, Simonds; 

AC - Jess Thaxton, 6 saves (8 ga, 46:17); Brooke Diamond, 4 saves (0 ga, 13:43); 
BC - Julia McCombs, 5 saves (13 ga, 60:00); 

SHOTS: AC 25, BC 19;
FOULS: AC 17, BC 16;