Third-Ranked Jeffs Drop NESCAC Championship to Top-Ranked Middlebury, 9-5

MIDDLEBURY, VT - For the third consecutive season, the third-ranked and second-seeded Amherst women's lacrosse team dropped the NESCAC Tournament Championship game to top-ranked Middlebury, falling 9-5 on Sunday at Kohn Field. The Jeffs now await word of a probable at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, pairings for which will be announced on Sunday night. 

The Jeffs drew first blood less than 10 minutes into the contest when senior midfielder Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) took a feed from rookie attacker Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) and found the back of the net. Shortly thereafter, junior midfielder Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) tallied her team-leading 52nd goal of the season to put the Jeffs ahead, 2-0. Junior midfielder Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) then tickled the twine for the visitors, extending the lead to 3-0. 

The Panthers pierced the scoring column when senior attacker Kristin Hanley (Seattle, WA) netted her first of two goals on the afternoon. Amherst retaliated when senior attacker Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) scored to put the Jeffs ahead, 4-1. Middlebury senior attacker Katie Simpson (Darien, CT) then tallied, cutting the deficit to 4-2 at halftime. 

Middlebury erupted for seven goals in the second stanza. Senior attacker Meg Bonney (Norwich, VT) ignited the barrage and first-year middie Alison Perencevich (Concord, NH) took a nifty feed from Hanley, giving the Panthers their first lead, 6-5. The hosts tacked on three more goals to seal the 9-5 victory. Senior netminder Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) stopped nine shots for Amherst, which fell to 14-2 overall. Junior goalie Sarah Grenert (Sewickley, PA) turned aside three shots for the Panthers, who improved to 13-0, while extending their winning streak to 48 games. 

Ouimet paced the Jeffs with two goals, while senior attacker Char Glessner (Ipswich, MA) led the hosts with three.