May 11, 2001
AMHERST, Massachusetts - Four members of the Amherst College women's lacrosse team, which hosts one of four NCAA regionals tomorrow and Sunday on Hitchcock Field, were tabbed All-NESCAC on Wednesday, including three first team selections. The Jeffs (14-2), who will go for their school-record 15th win of the season in Saturday's NCAA Regional Semifinals against Wellesley College, are currently the second-ranked team in the country, behind only top-ranked Middlebury College (13-0), the team responsible for both of Amherst's losses.
Leading the bevy of All-NESCAC selections are a trio of seniors, co-captain midfielder Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ), attacker Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) and co-captain defender Alison Kitay (Washington, DC). All three players were named to the league's first team, the third-straight appearance on the first team for Osborn and the second-straight for Kitay and Scheessele.
Osborn, who holds every single College scoring record, has continued her stellar offensive play throughout the 2001 season, posting a team and NESCAC-best 69 points on 50 goals and 19 assists entering this weekend's action. The 50 goals marks only the second time in school history an Amherst player has reached that mark, with Osborn netting a school-record 51 one year ago. For her career, the Morristown, New Jersey native has 170 goals and 74 assists for 244 career points, each an Amherst record.
Scheessele, who, like Osborn, is a two-time First-Team All-American, has also had a stellar campaign on the offensive end in 2001, coming up with some of the Jeffs' most important goals of the season, including game-winners against the College of New Jersey and in sudden-death overtime against arch-rival Williams College. For the year, the senior, who became the sixth player in school history to surpass the 100-goal plateau with four goals against Wesleyan University on April 14, has 38 goals and eight assists, upping her career totals to 115 goals and 37 assists entering the weekend, fifth on Amherst's all-time scoring list.
|Alison Kitay '01
earned her second straight
For Kitay, 2001 has seen much of the same stellar defensive play that earned her All-NESCAC accolades in 2000, with the senior posting team-highs of 32 ground balls and 47 caused turnovers in the Jeffs' first 16 games. Kitay anchors a defensive unit that has combined to hold Amherst's 16 opponents to only seven goals a game, holding seven different teams, including top-ranked Middlebury and the College of New Jersey, the defending NCAA champions, to their lowest offensive outputs of the season.
While the three seniors are familiar faces on the All-NESCAC team, sophomore attacker Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the Jeffs' 2001 campaign. Ouimet, who scored five goals in limited action off the bench in 2000, has nicely moved into a starting role this season, posting a team-high 30 assists entering this weekend. For the season, Ouimet, who was named to the league's second team, is tied for second in the league in scoring, with 61 points on 31 goals and the 30 assists, including a career-high nine points on four goals and five assists in the Jeffs' 16-5 win over Connecticut College in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament.
Middlebury College senior Betsy Wheeler was named the league's Player of the Year, while teammate Nuala O'Donohoe was tabbed the NESCAC's Rookie of the Year. Middlebury Head Coach Missy Foote was named the league's Coach of the Year. The Panthers, like the Jeffs, are hosting an NCAA Regional, and will face Plymouth State College in Saturday's semifinals.
After Amherst faces Wellesley at noon on Saturday, the Ithaca College Bombers take on the Seahawks of St. Mary's College of Maryland at 3:00 p.m. on Hitchcock Field, with the two semifinal winners meeting Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with a trip to the Final Four going to the winner.