Jeffs Advance to NESCAC Semis With 16-5 Win Over Conn.

May 1, 2001

AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Amherst College midfielder Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) posted a career-high nine points, tallying four goals and five assists, and senior co-captain Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) added a pair of goals and four helpers, as the second-seeded Jeffs cruised past seventh-seeded Connecticut College, 16-5, in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Jeffs (13-1) advance to Saturday's conference semifinals at top-seeded Middlebury College, where they will face third-seeded Williams College, 21-3 victors over sixth-seeded Bates on Tuesday. 

The Jeffs, who defeated the Camels by a 13-3 margin in New London on April 10, took control of the game early-on, scoring on each of their first six shots on goal. Sophomore Molly O'Connor (Baltimore, MD) started the onslaught at 26:41 of the first with a conversion of a perfect feed from classmate Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ), and Ouimet somehow snuck a pass through traffic to Beaumont, who finished the feed at 24:58 for a 2-0 Amherst lead. Ouimet's first-goal of the game, an unassisted tally at 23:42, started a stretch of four Amherst goals in 1:31, with sophomore Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA), Osborn and senior Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) all scoring for a 6-0 Jeff lead. 

The hosts, who won six consecutive draws at one point in the first half, extended their lead to 7-0 on another Allen goal one minute later, before the Camels called timeout and regrouped. 

The timeout helped the visitors, who began to settle down defensively in the ensuing minutes of play. Camel first-year Catherine Clark (W. Hartford, CT) got the visitors on the scoreboard at the 15:57-mark off a Laura Highmark (W. Hartford, CT) feed, and history repeated itself on the ensuing draw, with Clark scoring off another Highmark feed to cut the Amherst lead to 7-2. The Jeffs responded with four consecutive goals, including a pair from Scheessele, to take an 11-2 lead with over eight minutes left in the half, before the two teams traded goals down the stretch for a 12-3 Amherst advantage at halftime. 

The 12 first-half goals for Amherst, a season-high in any half for the Jeffs, came on only 20 shots, as the hosts, who held a 9-2 halftime lead in the two teams' first meeting, dominated the opening 30 minutes on the offensive end. 

The second half was something of a different story, as the pace of the game slowed dramatically with the two teams trading extended possessions. Clark finished her hat trick at 23:37 to close the Camels to 12-4, but Conn. would come no closer, with sophomore Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), who replaced starting Amherst goalie Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) at halftime, posting three big stops to keep the visitors at bay. Ouimet, who set up Osborn with 16:43 remaining for a 13-4 Amherst lead, scored the Jeffs' last three goals, including a nifty solo effort through the goalmouth with 1:08 left to cap the scoring at 16-5. 

In the win, Ouimet, whose previous career high was a four-goal, four-assist effort last Wednesday against Bates, finished with an Amherst season-high nine points on four goals and five assists. Osborn finished with a pair of goals and four assists, and Allen and Scheessele each finished with hat tricks, with Scheessele adding an assist. 

Clark paced the Camels with three goals, while senior Elayna Zachko (Saugus, MA) posted 13 saves for the Camels, who finish their 2001 season with a record of 6-9. 

With the win, the school-record 50th for Amherst's four seniors, the Jeffs extend their current win streak to eight games, earning a rematch with arch-rival Williams on Saturday, one week after last Saturday's thrilling 8-7 double-overtime victory in Williamstown. The Amherst/Williams game is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. start at Middlebury, shortly after the Panthers host fourth-seeded Colby College-who defeated Tufts University in Tuesday's third quarterfinal, 14-13.

Tuesday, May 1, 2001     1     2   --   F
#2 Amherst College (13-1)   12     4   --   16
#7 Conn. College (6-9)   3     2   --   5

AC - Ouimet 4, Allen 3, Scheessele 3, Osborn 2, Beaumont, O'Connor, Sargent, Schifter; 
CC - Clark 3, Boyd, Trafton; 

AC - Ouimet 5, Osborn 4, Beaumont 2, Scheessele; 
CC - Highmark 2, Luciano; 

AC - Jess Thaxton, 2 saves (3 ga, 30:00); Brooke Diamond, 3 saves (2 ga, 30:00) 
CC - Elayna Zachko, 13 saves (16 ga, 60:00); 

Shots: AC 33, CC 16;
Ground Balls: AC 28, CC 17;
Turnovers: AC 20, CC 19;
Draw Controls: AC 13, CC 8;
Fouls: AC 10, CC 9;

Cards: AC 1 (Coscarelli, Yellow, 2-28:42), CC 1 (Stieff, Yellow, 2-6:29);