Second-Ranked Jeffs Fall to Top-Ranked Middlebury, 8-4

April 6, 2002 

AMHERST, MA – In a rematch of last year's NCAA Championship game, the second-ranked and previously unbeaten Amherst College women's lacrosse team fell to the No. 1 team in the nation, defending national champion Middlebury College, 8-4, Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field. Middlebury, which posted a perfect 17-0 record in 2001, improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in NESCAC play with the win, while Amherst dropped to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. 

Amherst hung tough through the game's first 34:38, when sophomore attacker Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) scored her second goal of the game off a nifty feed from junior Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) to cut Middlebury's lead to 5-4, after the Panthers led 4-3 at the break. Undaunted, Middlebury methodically took command with a trio of unanswered scoring strikes by senior tri-captain Julia Bergofsky (Exeter, NH) and juniors Kristen Hanley (Seattle, WA) and Char Glessner (Ipswich, MA) over the next 11:14. Glessner's goal, a leaping bounce-shot from in front of the net with 14:08 left on the clock, was her third score of the day and all but cemented the win for Middlebury. 

Amherst had its chances down the stretch, but Middlebury sophomore goalie Sarah Grenert (Sewickley, PA), who turned away 13 shots on the afternoon, stoned both Aldrich and Ouimet from point-blank range in the final three minutes. Meanwhile, the Panthers were content to play keepaway in the waning minutes, passing the ball around the perimeter while valuable seconds ticked off the clock. 

Despite the loss, junior goaltender Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) had an outstanding game for Amherst, denying a bevy of Middlebury scoring chances en route to a 12-save performance. In addition to Aldrich's two goals, junior midfielder Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) and sophomore Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) added goals for Amherst. 

Bergofsky and sophomore midfielder Nuala O'Donohoe (Needham, MA) each finished with two goals for Middlebury, while Hanley added a goal and an assist. 

Amherst returns to action Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. against visiting NESCAC rival Connecticut College.