GETTYSBURG, PA – The Amherst College women's lacrosse team's NCAA Division III Tournament run was halted on Saturday at top-ranked quarterfinal host Gettysburg College as the Bullets topped the Jeffs, 8-4. Amherst wraps up its season at 14-4, while Gettysburg (20-0) advances to the national semifinals to be hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. on May 20.
Both squads game out of the gates slow as neither side could find the back of the net for the first 15:16 of play. Gettysburg finally broke the stalemate as senior Ellie Shihadeh (Malvern, PA) scored off a pass from classmate Jenn Kelly (Westbury, NY). Amherst answered just over four minutes later as junior Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) slipped an assist to rookie Amy Craig (Denver, CO), but the hosts jumped back on top at the 9:45-mark on a feed from Kelly to sophomore Katie Ceglarski (Darien, CT). Amherst first-year Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA) reknotted the count with 7:23 left in the half; however, Gettysburg would solidify control in the remainder of the frame, notching back-to-back scores for a 4-2 halftime advantage.
The Bullets stretched their lead to three just 3:19 into the second half on sophomore Krissy Browning's (Baldwin, MD) second goal of the game, and they would hardly look back. Sophomore Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) continued yesterday's hot play with a pair of second-half tallies, but this wouldn't be enough and Gettysburg held on for the win.
Amherst sophomore goalie Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY) finished with six saves and a ground ball, while her Gettysburg senior counterpart Heather Kelley (Berwyn, PA) posted seven stops. Kelly paced the Bullets with a goal and three assists, while Ceglarski added a goal and two helpers. Browning and Shihadeh chipped in two goals apiece.
FULL BRACKET AMHERST IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Eighth appearance / 16-7 all-time (8-0 home, 8-7 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… fell at Gettysburg, 8-4, in national quarterfinals)