Jeffs Advance to NCAA Final Four With 13-6 Victory Over Union College

May 12, 2002 

AMHERST, MA - The third-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Final Four with a 13-6 win over visiting Union College on Sunday at Hitchcock Field. Sophomore midfielders Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) and Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) each tallied four goals to pace the Jeffs. Junior attacker Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) also chipped in with three goals and five assists. 

The hosts drew first blood less than three minutes into the game when Martin took a feed from Ouimet and bounced a shot into the net. The Jeffs then went on to score another four consecutive goals. Ouimet connected with junior midfielder Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA), who found the back of the net, giving Amherst a 5-0 advantage at the 17:59 mark of the first half. Union pierced the scoring column at the 13:33 mark when first-year attacker Molly Flanagan (Simsbury, CT) notched the first of her four goals on the afternoon. Junior attacker Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ) and Sargent each tallied goals to extend the lead to 7-1 with 7:19 remaining in the opening half. Flanagan and senior attacker Stephanie Maychack (Averill Park, NY) answered for the Dutchwomen, cutting the Amherst lead to 7-3, heading into halftime. 

Martin found net again less than a minute into the second stanza, firing a free position bounce shot through sophomore goaltender Elizabeth Soto's (Greenwich, CT) legs. Junior middie Nina Mandel (Port Washington, NY) countered for Union moments later, sprinting downfield and shooting the ball into the top corner of the net. Martin answered back, shortly thereafter, and Sargent netted her third goal of the game at the 8:11 mark, putting the hosts ahead 10-4. Flanagan then retaliated at the 7:11 mark, ripping a shot over junior goaltender Brooke Diamond's (Longmeadow, MA) shoulder. Sargent tallied her fourth goal exactly one minute later, off a sweet feed from Ouimet. Flanagan then netted her fourth goal on the afternoon at the 4:11 mark, as she whipped a shot that hit Diamond's arm and trickled over the goal line, setting the score at 11-6. Ouimet scored a pair of goals in the final 22 seconds to round the scoring out at 13-6. 

Diamond was once again stellar in net, finishing with 12 saves, while Soto recorded eight. With the victory, the Jeffs improve to 14-2 overall, while the Dutchwomen's season comes to an end at 14-2. 

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against The College of New Jersey, in the opening contest of the NCAA Division III Final Four at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Mary Washington will meet top-ranked Middlebury College in the other semifinal at 2 p.m. The winners of each contest will advance to the NCAA Championship game slated to begin on Sunday at 1 p.m.