May 22, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior women's lacrosse players Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ), Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) and Alison Kitay (Washington, DC), who led the Jeffs to the NCAA Division III Championship game last weekend at Johns Hopkins University, were named Brine Division III All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association on Tuesday. Scheessele and Osborn are repeat first-team selections, while Kitay was a third-team pick as a junior. The trio also earned First-Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors following standout performances in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament.
Osborn, a co-captain who holds every single Amherst scoring record, continued her stellar offensive play throughout the 2001 season, posting a team and NESCAC-best 90 points on 64 goals and 26 assists, including 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists in four NCAA Tournament games. For her career, the Morristown, New Jersey native tallied 184 goals and 81 assists for 265 career points, each an Amherst record. Among her many accolades this season, Osborn was a NESCAC All-Academic honoree, two-time National Player of the Week and an All-Tournament selection at the NCAA Final four.
Scheessele - also a NESCAC All-Academic and NCAA All-Tournament selection, came up with some of the most important goals of the season, including a sudden-death overtime clincher in the Jeffs' 11-10 win over defending national champion College of New Jersey in the NCAA semifinals. For the year, the senior co-captain, who became the sixth player in school history to surpass the 100-goal plateau with four goals against Wesleyan University on April 14, tallied 47 goals and 10 assists, upping her career totals to 124 goals and 29 assists, placing her in the top-five on Amherst's all-time scoring list.
For Kitay, the 2001 season saw much of the same stellar defense that earned her All-NESCAC honors in 2000, with the senior defender posting team-highs in ground balls and caused turnovers. Kitay anchored a defensive unit that held opponents to under seven goals per game and limited seven different teams, including top-ranked Middlebury College and the College of New Jersey to their lowest offensive outputs of the season.
Amherst shattered the school record for wins with a 17-3 overall record and secured an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament after a second place finish in the NESCAC postseason. The Jeffs hosted the NCAA first round and quarterfinals, where they defeated Wellesley and Ithaca Colleges to earn their second-ever trip to the Division III Final Four.
For Osborn, Scheessele, Kitay and senior goalkeeper Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) - Sunday's title game against Middlebury capped the most outstanding four-year stretch in school history as the quartet graduates with almost every single school record, including an all-time best won-loss mark of 54-10.
Osborn, Scheessele & Kitay Tabbed Brine First-Team All-Americans
May 22, 2001