Third-Ranked Jeffs Advance to NESCAC Title Game with 11-9 Victory Over Sixth-Ranked Williams

May 3, 2003 

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The third-ranked and second-seeded Amherst College women's lacrosse team edged sixth-ranked and third-seeded Williams College in the NESCAC Tournament Semifinals at Middlebury College on Saturday afternoon. The Jeffs will meet top-seeded host Middlebury College Sunday at Noon in the championship game for the third straight year. 

Amherst jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by seniors Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) and Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA). The Ephs countered when senior midfielder Kate Leonard (Yarmouth, ME) and junior middie Molly Jennings (Greenwich, CT) scored, evening the score at 2-2. The Jeffs regained the lead when Allen notched her 35th goal of the season. Amherst junior midfielder Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) netted a goal, extending the lead to 7-5 at the break. 

Williams rallied to knot the score at 7-7 when sophomore attacker Amy Wicker (New Canaan, CT) and senior middie Kathryn Doherty (Weston, MA) each tickled the twine. The Jeffs would score the next four goals on their way to the victory. The Ephs tried to rally once again, however, it was too little too late as Amherst held on for the 11-9 win. 

Jeff Junior midfielder Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) and Allen each finished with three goals, while Ouimet tallied a pair and dished out four assists. Jennings paced Williams with three goals and an assist. Senior netminder Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) turned aside 13 shots for the Jeffs, while senior Abi Jackson (Jamaica Plain, MA) tallied six saves for the Ephs. 

With the victory, Amherst improves to 14-1 overall, while Williams drops to 10-3. The Jeffs will now look to snap Middlebury's 47 game winning streak tomorrow at Kohn Field.