Amherst Women's Lacrosse 2001 Milestones

Team Accomplishments: 
1) Placed second in the NESCAC with a 17-3 overall record (8-0 NESCAC) and secured a berth in the inaugural NESCAC Postseason Tournament (downed Conn. College and Williams before falling to Middlebury College in the NESCAC Championship game).
 
2) Secured an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and hosted the Northeast Regional, downing Wellesley and Ithaca Colleges to advance to its second NCAA Final Four in the last three years at Johns Hopkins University. 

3) Advanced to the NCAA Championship game with a win over the College of New Jersey in the NCAA Semifinals, before falling to Middlebury in overtime in the NCAA Championship game.
 
4) Amherst's four seniors - Alison Kitay, Kristin Osborn, Sarah Scheessele and Jess Thaxton - graduated with almost every single school record, including an all-time best won-loss record of 54-10.
 
5) Shattered the school record for wins with a 17-3 overall record.
 
6) Finished fifth in the nation in winning percentage (.850), 10th in scoring defense (6.65 GPG), 15th in scoring margin (5.65 goal avg.), 20th in draw controls (11.85/gm.), 22nd in caused turnovers (14.90/gm.) and 30th in scoring offense (12.30 GPG).
 
7) On March 26, received all eight first-place votes to become the top-ranked team in the nation in the IWLCA Weekly National Poll for the first time in school history after a thrilling 8-7 victory at the defending national champion College of New Jersey (TCNJ). 


Individual Accomplishments: 
1) Senior Midfielder Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ/Kent Place) 
*Led the NESCAC in scoring with 90 points (64 goals, 26 assists) and finished 19th in the nation in draw controls per game (3.40/gm.).
 
* Lacrosse Magazine's pick for pre-season 2001 Division III Player of the Year.
 
*First Team ECAC New England All-Star, First Team 360Lacrosse.com All-American, First Team US Lacrosse All-American, First Team Brine/IWLCA All-American, 360 Lacrosse.com Division III Midfielder of the Year, First Team All-NESCAC, Academic All-NESCAC and NCAA Final Four All-Tournament selection. 

*Scored 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists in four NCAA Tournament games.
 
*Tallied 184 goals and 81 assists for 265 career points in four seasons, each an Amherst record.
 
*Earned 360Lacrosse and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III Player of the Week honors on March 26 after leading the Jeffs to a three-game sweep of top-10 teams in the opening week of the season, including an 8-7 victory at the top-ranked College of New Jersey (TCNJ). 


2) Senior Attack Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA/Western Reserve) 
*Finished ninth in the NESCAC in scoring with 57 points (47 goals, 10 assists).

*First Team ECAC New England All-Star, First Team 360Lacrosse.com All-American, First-Team Brine/IWLCA All-American, Second Team US Lacrosse All-American, First Team All-NESCAC and NESCAC All-Academic selection.

*Became the sixth player in school history to surpass the 100-goal plateau with four goals against Wesleyan University on April 14.

*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. 

*Tallied 47 goals and 10 assists on the season, upping her career totals to 124 goals and 29 assists, placing her in the top-five on Amherst's all-time scoring list.

*Earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors on Monday, April 16 after leading the Jeffs to a sweep of three games with 10 goals and two assists. Scheessele, who passed the 100-goal mark for her career with four tallies in the Jeffs' 15-1 win over Wesleyan University, added hat tricks in Amherst's 17-8 victory over Wellesley College and their 13-3 win at Connecticut College. 

*Also named the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for games through March 19, scoring four goals in the Jeffs' season-opening 12-7 victory at Mary Washington College and leading Amherst in scoring through its first three games with nine goals and two assists.


3) Sophomore Attack Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA/Williston-Northampton) 
*Finished second in the NESCAC in scoring with 76 points (41 goals, 35 assists) and 30th in the nation in assists per game (1.75/gm.).

*Second Team All-NESCAC, Third Team 360Lacrosse.com All-American, named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. 

*Finished second on the team in scoring with 76 points on 41 goals and a team-high 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 NESCAC Tournament quarterfinals.

*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.


4) Senior Defender Alison Kitay (Washington, DC/National Cathedral) 
*First Team ECAC New England All-Star, First Team All-NESCAC, First Team Brine/IWLCA All-American, First-Team US Lacrosse All-American, Second-Team 360Lacrosse.com All-American and represented the North in the STX Lacrosse Festival Division III Senior All-Star Game.

*Posted team-highs in ground balls and caused turnovers and 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.


5) Sophomore Goalkeeper Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA/Loomis-Chaffee) 
*Finished third among NESCAC goalkeepers with a 6.69 goals against average.

*Named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after netting 55 saves in four NCAA Tournament games. 

*Named the Inside Lacrosse National Division III Player of the Week on Tuesday, May 1 after turning in a career performance to help the Jeffs upend arch-rival Williams College in a thrilling, 8-7 double-overtime game in Williamstown.


6) Sophomore Attack Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ/Summit) 
*Finished 10th in the NESCAC in scoring with 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists).


7) Senior Goalkeeper Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA/Wayland) 
*Finished sixth among NESCAC goalkeepers with an 8.23 goals against average.