Third-Ranked Jeffs Advance to NCAA Regional Championship with 20-9 Victory Over 16th-Ranked SUNY Cortland

May 10, 2003 

GETTYSBURG, PA - After earning an at-large bid, the third-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the third consecutive year with a 20-9 victory over 16th-ranked SUNY Cortland Saturday afternoon at Gettysburg College. The Jeffs will meet fourth-ranked Gettysburg - which downed the University of Scranton, 18-11, in Saturday's other regional semifinal - Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner will appear in the "Final Four", which is slated to begin Saturday at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. 

Amherst set the tone in the first half. Senior attacker Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) - who finished with a game-high 10 points on six goals and four assists - netted her first strike 2:27 into the contest, giving the Jeffs a 2-0 lead. Red Dragon sophomore midfielder Kerri Finn (W. Islip, NY) tallied two of her three goals, cutting the deficit to 3-2. The Jeffs exploded to rattle off five unanswered goals. The flurry began when Ouimet found the back of the net 6:59 into the game. Cortland sophomore middie Lauren Frisch (Nanuet, NY) countered with her only goal to halt the barrage at 8-3. 

However, Amherst picked up right where they left off, re-igniting for a trio of tallies to take an 11-3 lead into halftime. Things didn't get any better for the soon to be slain Red Dragons in the second half. With the score at 12-6, the Jeffs erupted with another surge as they hit for seven more unanswered goals, extending the lead to 19-6. The gap grew to 20-7 before Finn and junior Elizabeth McNabb (Baldwinsville, NY) each notched goals, rounding the scoring out at 20-9. 

Senior midfielder Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) had four goals, while classmate attacker Laura Schifter (Washington, DC) dished out four assists for the Jeffs. Amherst junior midfielder Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) also tacked on a pair of goals, giving her a team-leading 54 on the season. Jeff senior goalie Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) was stellar in the cage, stopping five shots, while rookie netminders Regina Grosso (Baldwinsville, NY) and sophomore Kristen Teter (E. Islip, NY) combined to finish with nine saves for Cortland. With the victory, Amherst improves to 15-2 overall while the Red Dragon's season comes to an end at 14-5.