May 8, 2003
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College placed a combined nine players on the respective All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams for men's and women's lacrosse, which were announced by the conference office on Thursday.
On the women's side, senior attack Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) and junior midfielder Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) were first-team selections, while junior attack Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT), senior defender Annie Jamieson (Princeton, NJ) and senior goaltender Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) earned second-team honors.
Ouimet is a three-time All-NESCAC honoree, earning second-team accolades as a sophomore and first-team plaudits as a junior and senior. She currently leads the conference with 82 points, is third in the NESCAC in assists per game (2.44) and sixth in goals per game (2.69). Ouimet was named the NESCAC Player of the Week after combining for six goals and six assists in wins over Springfield College and conference-rival Bowdoin. A two-time All-American, she is believed to be the college's all-time leader with 120 career assists, and is just 15 points shy of what is believed to be Amherst's career scoring record.
Martin, currently fifth in the NESCAC in points per game (4.25), third in goals per game (3.25) and tied for 13th in assists per game (1.00), is also a repeat first-team selection. Like Ouimet, Martin earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors after tallying 11 goals and one assist in a trio of wins over Tufts, Williams and Wesleyan. She was a Second-Team All-American after transferring from Goucher College as a sophomore, finishing second in the conference in goals (53) and seventh in scoring (61 points).
While not among the conference leaders, Aldrich has been a vital cog on offense with 31 goals and four assists in 16 games, including a four-goal outburst in the Jeffs' 15-9 win over Wesleyan University in the first round of the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. Aldrich was a Second-Team All-NESCAC and All-Region pick as a sophomore, when she logged 35 points on 27 goals and eight assists.
Senior tri-captains Jamieson and Diamond have been the backbone of Amherst's defense for the better part of four seasons, limiting opponents to a respectable 8.32 goals against average - the third best mark in the conference - in 2003. Diamond was named the national preseason player of the year by several publications prior to this season, and was Second-Team All-NESCAC, a First-Team All-American and the IWLCA Division III Goaltender of the Year in 2002.
The Amherst women's lacrosse team, ranked third in the nation with a 14-2 record, earned its third straight and fifth overall NCAA Tournament berth after falling to top-ranked Middlebury College in the NESCAC Tournament championship game. The Jeffs open NCAA Tournament play Saturday at 2 p.m. against 16th-ranked SUNY-Cortland at regional host Gettysburg College.
For the men, junior midfielder Mike Allison (W. Nyack, NY) and rookie midfielder Andrew Wilcox (Ancramdale, NY) were first-team selections, while senior attacker Chris Condlin (Baltimore, MD) and sophomore defenseman Greg Donohue (Bow, NH) were second-team all-conference picks.
Allison was the 20th leading scorer in the NESCAC at 1.73 points per game and finished 14th in the conference in goals per game at 1.73. He was voted the NESCAC Player of the Week on April 22, with seven goals and an assist in a pair of conference wins over Tufts University and Bowdoin.
Just a freshman, Wilcox made an immediate splash in the midfield, leading the Jeffs with 61 ground balls and scoring a pair of goals in a 15-5 non-league win over Endicott College.
Condlin, a senior tri-captain, has distinguished himself as one of the best offensive players in school history, leading the Jeffs in both scoring and goals in 2003, and finishing with 78 career scoring strikes. He was fourth in the NESCAC in goals per game (2.33) and 17th in overall scoring (2.47 ppg), and was a NESCAC All-Academic selection as a junior.
Donohue anchored a defense that limited opponents to an 8.10 goals against average, which was the third lowest mark in the conference. The Jeffs outscored opponents 163 to 122 on the season, and held them to nine goals or less in 11 out of 15 games.
The Amherst men's lacrosse team finished its season at 10-5 overall and 6-3 in conference play, earning the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Tournament, where they downed Williams 12-8 in the first round before bowing to top-seeded Middlebury 14-8 in the semifinals.
Amherst Places Nine on Women's, Men's Lacrosse All-NESCAC Teams
May 8, 2003