May 27, 2003
AMHERST, MA - A dream season continues for the national champion Amherst College women's lacrosse team, which placed four players on both the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse and IWLCA/US Lacrosse Division III All-America Teams. Seniors Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), Annie Jamieson (Princeton, NJ) and Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) and junior Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) were named First-Team selections by both organizations. Diamond and Martin also earned Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III Goaltender and Midfielder of the Year honors, respectively, while ninth-year head coach Christine Paradis was named the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III Coach of the Year.
Diamond fulfilled her promise as the national preseason player of the year by earning NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors, finishing with 25 saves and surrendering just 19 goals in Amherst's final two postseason games. The three-sport captain and two-time All-NESCAC selection was a First-Team All-American and the IWLCA Division III Goaltender of the Year in 2002.
Jamieson helped form the backbone of Amherst's defense, limiting opponents to 8.31 goals per game - the third best mark in the conference in 2003. She also led the Jeffs with 44 ground balls and 41 caused turnovers en route to Second-Team All-NESCAC and NCAA All-Tournament honors.
Ouimet, a three-time All-NESCAC honoree and three-time All-American, graduates as the College's career leader in points (271) and assists (129) after leading the NESCAC with 103 points and finishing second in the conference with 46 assists - both school records - in 2003. She tallied a team-high 21 points on 12 goals and nine assists in four NCAA Tournament games and was one of four Amherst players named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
Martin set a school record and led the NESCAC with 66 goals, 14 of which came in NCAA Tournament play, including a six-goal performance in the national championship game. A two-time First-Team All-NESCAC selection and a Second-Team All-American as a sophomore, Martin finished fourth in the conference with 83 points and was a 2003 NCAA All-Tournament selection.
Paradis has molded Amherst into one of the most successful programs in the nation, guiding the team to five consecutive postseason appearances from 1995 to 99, including ECAC Championships in 1997 and 1998, a pair of trips to the NCAA Division III Championship Game in 1999 and 2001 and the college's third-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2002, before finally breaking through with the program's first national championship in 2003. She earned her 100th career win in the Jeffs' second game of the season and carries a 116-30 overall record in nine seasons.
National Champion Jeffs Dominate Warrior/Inside Lacrosse & IWLCA/US Lacrosse Division III Postseason Awards
May 27, 2003