AMHERST, MA – With the Amherst College women's lacrosse team's 10-4 victory over SUNY Oneonta Tuesday evening, Chris Paradis became the 12th head coach in Division III history to reach the 200-win milestone.
In her 17 seasons at Amherst, Paradis has molded the women's lacrosse program into one of the finest in the country. She has posted a career record of 200-66 (.752) to go along with two ECAC Championships, eight trips to the NCAA quarterfinals, five trips to the national semifinals, three appearances in the title game, and one NCAA Championship in 2003.
Marta Randall '13 (Monkton, MD) helped Paradis reach the 200-win milestone by scoring five goals and winning four draw controls to lead the Amherst attack. Kelley Trapp '11 (Monterey, CA) and Elizabeth Ludlow '14 (Huntington, NY) each had two goals and an assist, with Ludlow also causing four turnovers.
Caroline Tulley '13 and Rebecca Monteith '12 scored two goals apiece to lead the Red Dragons, who were out-shot by a 30-13 margin. Annelise Muscietta '12 came up with 11 saves and four ground balls, while Oneonta was 13-for-18 on clearing opportunities.
Both teams struggled on offense in the first half, as the game was tied at one goal apiece 15 minutes into the contest. Trapp put Amherst on the board three minutes in, but it took more than 10 minutes for Tulley to find the equalizer for Oneonta. The Jeffs would take charge from there, however, scoring the final three goals of the opening period to carry a 4-1 lead into the break.
Amherst received goals from Julia Viani '12 (Concord, NH) and Randall in the first 3:07 of the second half, but the Dragons responded with Tully and Monteith scoring eight and a half minutes apart, as the hosts held a 6-3 lead with 15:00 to go. After Randall and Monteith traded goals, Randall, Ludlow and Trapp scored to give Amherst a 10-4 cushion with 8:54 remaining, and neither team would find the back of the net again.
Lamia Harik '12 (Rye Brook, NY) made three saves to earn the win, while Alex Philie '14 (East Sandwich, MA) had five ground balls and three caused turnovers in a solid effort.
After the game the Amherst players honored their coach, who has been with the program since 1995. Paradis will go for win number 201 on Friday, Mar. 18, when the Lord Jeffs travel to take on Drew University at 5 p.m. in Madison, N.J.