Osborn Scores Seven to Lead No. 2 W-Lax to Sixth-Straight Win

April 25, 2001

AMHERST, Mass. - On Senior Day, senior Amherst College co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) scored seven goals, one shy of her own single-game school record, and added an assist to lead the second-ranked women's lacrosse team to a solid 19-9 victory over visiting Bates College. The Bobcats, who were an honorable mention in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, fall to 9-5 on the season, 3-5 in NESCAC play, while the Jeffs improve to 11-1, 7-1 in league contests, heading into Saturday's regular-season finale at fourth-ranked Williams College. 

Osborn, who was honored along with co-captain Alison Kitay (Washington, DC), Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) and Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) in a short pre-game ceremony, got the Jeffs off to an early start, netting her 37th goal of the season off a feed from sophomore Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ) to break the ice 4:05 into Wednesday's contest. Sophomore Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) scored off a feed from classmate Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) 1:11 later, before Ouimet finished an Osborn feed for a 3-0 Amherst lead just 34 seconds later. 

Sophomore Liz Lawler (Dublin, NH) got the Bobcats onto the scoreboard two minutes later, using nifty footwork to break past an Amherst defender before firing a rocket past Thaxton. The Jeffs responded in kind, however, with Scheessele scoring off a perfect slot pass from Beaumont at the 20:41-mark for a 4-1 Amherst cushion. Beaumont, who had five assists in the first half alone, set up Ouimet just over two minutes later for a 5-1 Jeff advantage, before back-to-back Bates goals, including Lawler's second of the afternoon, closed the visitors to within two. 

That would be the closest Bates would come, however, as the Jeffs went on a 5-1 run over the next 10 minutes, including three goals from Osborn and a goal each from Ouimet and from first-year Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT). Lawler added her third goal of the half to trim the halftime margin to 10-5, but the Jeffs, who had assists on nine of their 10 first-half goals, continued to dominate on the offensive end. 

The same trend continued after halftime, as the hosts scored twice in nine seconds to take a 12-5 lead at the 27:21-mark. Bates retaliated with back-to-back goals from senior co-captain Erin Flynn (Newton, NJ) to close to 12-7, before Amherst put the game away. Osborn picked up her fifth goal of the afternoon 24 seconds after Flynn's second tally for a 13-7 Amherst lead, before Aldrich and Beaumont scored twice in 31 seconds for a 15-7 Jeff lead. Osborn's sixth goal of the day, a nifty one-on-one move that left her all alone with Bates goalie Liz Coulson (Devon, PA) opened up a 16-7 lead, before Bobcat first-year Catherine Crosby (Lincoln, MA) stopped the bleeding at the 10:56-mark. 

Osborn finished her afternoon 39 seconds later with her seventh goal of the afternoon, a one-time finish of a Laura Schifter (Washington, DC) feed, before first-year Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) and Schifter added late goals for a 19-8 Amherst lead. Bates rookie Samra Khalique (W. Hartford, CT) scored at the two-minute mark to account for the final 19-9 margin. 

For Amherst, Osborn led the way with seven goals and an assist, while Ouimet also finished with eight points on the afternoon, posting four goals and four assists. Beaumont added a goal to her stellar five-assist performance, Aldrich netted her first career hat-trick to go along with an assist, and Allen and Schifter each finished with one goal and one assist each as the Jeffs turned in their highest single-game scoring total of the season. Thaxton and sophomore Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) combined for five saves in the win for Amherst, while Coulson turned away 17 Amherst shots in the loss. 

Flynn and Lawler led the Bobcats (9-5, 3-5 NESCAC) with three goals each, while Crosby added two goals and an assist. With one game remaining on the conference schedule, the Bobcats enter Saturday's finale at top-ranked Middlebury College as part of a four-way tie for fifth place in the 10-team league, with only seven teams advancing to next week's NESCAC Tournament. Bates would need either a win over Middlebury or help from the Tufts University Jumbos to earn a bid to the inaugural conference championship. 

The Jeffs' (11-1, 7-1 NESCAC) post-season fate is a little more certain, as Amherst has already locked up either the second or third seed in the seven-team draw. The winner of Saturday's regular-season finale between the second-ranked Jeffs and the fourth-ranked Ephs of Williams College will earn the conference's two-seed, with first-round action beginning Tuesday afternoon. Middlebury, thanks to a 15-7 win over Williams on Wednesday, will receive the number-one seed in next week's tournament, along with the first-round bye that goes along with it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2001     1     2   --   F
Bates College (9-5, 3-5 NESCAC)   5     4   --   9
Amherst College (11-1, 7-1 NESCAC)   10     9   --   19

AC - Osborn 7, Ouimet 4, Aldrich 3, Allen, Beaumont, Sargent, Scheessele, Schifter; 
BC - Flynn 3, Lawler 3, Crosby 2, Khalique; 

AC - Beaumont 5, Ouimet 4, Aldrich, Allen, Martin, O'Connor, Osborn, Schifter; 
BC - Crosby, Sall; 

AC - Jess Thaxton, 2 saves (5 ga, 30:00); Brooke Diamond, 3 saves (4 ga, 30:00); 
BC - Liz Coulson, 17 saves (19 ga, 60:00); 

SHOTS: AC 40, BC 18; 
FOULS: AC 8, BC 8; 
CARDS: AC 1 (Beaumont, Yellow, 2-13:13);