Third-Ranked Jeffs Advance to Final Four with 12-5 Win Over Fourth-Ranked Gettysburg

May 11, 2003 

GETTYSBURG, PA - Senior attacker Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ) tallied a game-high four goals while classmate attacker Laura Schifter (Washington, DC) dished out four assists for the second consecutive game as the third-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team rolled to a 12-5 victory over fourth-ranked host Gettysburg College in the NCAA Tournament Regional Championship on Sunday. The Jeffs will meet the second-ranked College of New Jersey - which ousted Mary Washington, 11-5 - in the "Final Four" on Saturday at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. 

The visitors took an early 3-0 lead on goals by junior midfielder Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD), senior attacker Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) - who is now just three points shy of tying what is believed to be Amherst's career scoring record - and Beaumont. The hosts retaliated when junior attacker Julika Blankenship (Crumpton, MD) found the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Beaumont notched her second goal of the contest before Blankenship countered with her second to make the score 4-2. 

The Jeffs reeled off six unanswered goals over the next 21:43 to extend the margin to 10-2 midway through the second half. The Bullets struck for the game's next three goals but didn't have the firepower to surpass the advantage. Martin netted her third goal of the contest and senior middie Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) notched her second to seal the 12-5 win. 

Senior goalie Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) was stellar between the pipes, finishing with 15 saves for the Jeffs, while junior Liz Borucki (Medford, NJ) turned aside seven shots for Gettysburg. Blankenship paced the Bullet offense with two goals and two assists. 

With the victory, the Jeffs improve to 16-2 overall - while reaching their fourth "Final Four" in five years - and will look to avenge last year's 10-7 NCAA Tournament Semifinal loss to the College of New Jersey. Gettysburg's season comes to an end at 19-2.