GETTYSBURG, PA – Junior Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) matched a career-high nine points on five goals and four assists to lead the Amherst College women's lacrosse team to a 14-9 NCAA Division III Tournament Second-Round victory over Rowan University at Gettysburg College on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Jeffs advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals where they'll face host Gettysburg, who advanced with a 15-6 win over Messiah, tomorrow (Saturday) at 4 p.m.
The Jeffs improved to 14-3 with the win and move on to the national quarterfinals for the fifth time in the last six years and the seventh time in program history. The winner of tomorrow's matchup advances to the national semifinals to be hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. on May 20.
Amherst took control of the bout early as sophomore Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) notched an unassisted goal at the 26:56-mark and Briody followed just 51 seconds later with a free-position score. Rowan answered just over seven minutes into play as senior Maggie Goodman (Mount Laurel, NJ) fed junior Katie Kline (Collingswood, NJ) for the score, but Briody remained red-hot, dishing to Hoeg and firing home back-to-back unassisted tallies to give the Jeffs a 5-1 edge.
Kline dropped in another score midway through the half, but Briody wasn't finished, dealing helpers to Hoeg and junior Lauren Dudley (Baltimore, MD) just 29 seconds apart to extend the lead to 7-2. The Profs battled back, scoring three of the next four goals, including two straight on free-position attempts, to cut it to 8-5. However, Briody's onslaught continued as she fed first-year Amy Craig (Denver, CO) and slipped in another unassisted score. Goodman pulled Rowan back with four, 10-6, to end the half, finding sophomore Caitlin Meseroll (Oakhurst, NJ).
Amherst didn't let off the gas after the break as Craig notched an unassisted score and, after a quick Rowan goal, Hoeg chimed in on consecutive tallies, feeding rookie Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA) and notching her fourth goal of the contest. Kline tried to rally the Profs down the stretch with a pair of goals in the last seven minutes, but Briody capped her outstanding performance with her second free-position score of the day.
Briody's nine-point outing pushed her tournament total to 13, while Hoeg's five-point showing marked a career-high. Craig finished with a pair of goals, while Dudley, Noonan and senior Margaret Chute (Pawtucket, RI) added a score apiece. Chute also hauled in four draw controls, while sophomore netminder Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY) posted nine saves and a trio of ground balls.
Goodman paced the Profs with five points on two goals and three assists, while Kline finished with four goals. Meseroll, junior Shana Smeriglio (Ocean, NJ) and first-year Lauren Crennan (Pottstown, PA) each added a goal. Junior Katherine Rowland (Freehold, NJ) and rookie Alicia Mannino (Fairless Hills, PA) split time in front of the cage, grabbing four and two saves, respectively, as Rowan wrapped up its season at 12-4.
Amherst and Gettysburg have met twice before in program history with the Jeffs prevailing 12-5 in the 2003 national quarterfinals and posting a season-opening 10-7 victory over the Bullets in 1999.
AMHERST IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Eighth appearance / 16-6 all-time (8-0 home, 8-6 road)
• 1996 (Fell to Trenton State, 20-9, in first round)
• 1999 (Beat visiting Colorado College, 21-13, in first round… won at Bowdoin, 15-9, in national quarterfinals… beat the College of New Jersey, 11-8, in national semifinals… fell to Middlebury, 10-9, in national championship game)
• 2001 (First-round bye… beat visiting Wellesley, 20-10, in second round… beat visiting Ithaca, 13-6, in national quarterfinals… beat the College of New Jersey, 11-10 in overtime, in national semifinals… fell to Middlebury, 11-10 in overtime, in national championship game)
• 2002 (First-round bye… beat visiting Colorado College, 15-8, in second round… beat visiting Union, 13-6, in national quarterfinals… fell to the College of New Jersey, 10-7, in national semifinals)
• 2003 (First-round bye… beat SUNY Cortland, 20-9, at Gettysburg in second round… beat Regional host Gettysburg, 12-5, in national quarterfinals... beat the College of New Jersey, 12-10, in national semifinals... beat Middlebury, 11-9, in national championship game)
• 2004 (First-round bye… beat visiting Scranton, 20-4, in second round… beat visiting Plymouth St., 21-6, in national quarterfinals… fell to Middlebury, 13-9, in national semifinals)
• 2005 (First-round bye… fell to Washington & Lee, 11-9, in second round)
• 2006 (beat WNEC, 19-3, in first round…beat Rowan, 14-9, in second round… will face Gettysburg College in national quarterfinals…)