Jeffs Advance to NESCAC Final Four with 11-6 Win Over Trinity

April 28, 2002 

AMHERST, MA - The third-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team advanced to the NESCAC Championship Semifinals on Sunday, with an 11-6 victory in first round action over visiting seventh-seeded Trinity College. Despite the treacherous conditions, the second-seeded Jeffs maintained their poise as six different players pierced the scoring column. 

Amherst struck 1:06 into the game when junior midfielder Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) took a gorgeous feed from junior attacker Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ) and bounced a shot into the net. The Jeffs went on to tally six more goals in the opening stanza. Allen scored her second of the game 12:39 into the first half, taking a feed from junior attacker Laura Schifter (Washington, D.C.) and firing a lazer into the top corner. Sophomore middie Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) then tallied shortly thereafter, giving the hosts a 7-2 advantage heading into the break. 

Junior attacker Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) notched her first goal on the afternoon, less than a minute into the second half. Moments later, Amherst charged up the field and she then netted her 28th goal of the season, taking a beautiful cross-field pass from sophomore midfielder Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) and rifling a rocket into the top right corner of the net. Trinity answered with a pair of last minute goals, when first-years Martha Bliss Geisel (Gladwyne, PA) and Bee Grantry (Hunting Valley, OH) each connected to round the scoring out at 11-6. 

Amherst junior goaltender Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) was stellar in net, finishing with a season-high 19 saves, while Bantam netminder Kelly Jo Burnett (Pennington, NJ) recorded seven. 

The Jeffs return to action Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Little Three rival Williams for the NESCAC Championship Semifinals hosted by top-ranked Middlebury College.