May 30, 2001
AMHERST, MA - After leading the Amherst College women's lacrosse team to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Championships at Johns Hopkins University, seniors Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ), Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) and Alison Kitay (Washington, DC) were named 360Lacrosse.com and US Lacrosse All-Americans. The trio also earned First-Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference and Brine/IWLCA All-America honors earlier in May. Additionally, 360Lacrosse.com tabbed Osborn the 2001 Division III Midfielder of the Year and named sophomore teammate Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) a Third-Team All-American.
Osborn - a co-captain who holds every single Amherst scoring record - was a first-team pick by both organizations after 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 selection, was a 360Lacrosse.com first-team pick and a US Lacrosse second-team selection. The senior 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, Scheessele, 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 - a First-Team US Lacrosse and Second-Team 360Lacrosse.com selection - the 2001 season saw much of the same stellar defense that earned her All-NESCAC honors in 2000, with the senior co-captain 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.
While the three seniors are familiar faces on the national scene, Ouimet emerged as one of the most pleasant surprises of the Jeffs' 2001 campaign. Ouimet, who scored five goals in limited action off the bench in 2000, moved into a starting role this season, posting a team-high 35 assists. For the season Ouimet - who was also a Second-Team All-NESCAC pick and an NCAA All-Tournament selection - finished second on the team in scoring with 76 points on 41 goals and the 35 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. She also tallied five goals and an assist in a 20-10 win over visiting Wellesley College in the NCAA Regional Semifinals, and added another five goals - including a game-tying score at the end of regulation - in an 11-10 overtime win over the College of New Jersey that propelled Amherst to the Division III Championship game.