June 4, 2003
AMHERST, MA - Postseason accolades continue to roll in for head coach Christine Paradis and the national champion Amherst College women's lacrosse team. Already tabbed the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III Coach of the Year, Paradis was named both New England and National coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), and Division III Coach of the Year by WomensLacrosse.com, on Wednesday.
The Jeffs dominated the WomensLacrosse.com All-America team as well, with first-team selections Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), Annie Jamieson (Princeton, NJ), Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) and Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA), third-team pick Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) and All-Rookie honoree Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD). Martin was also named the WomensLacrosse.com Midfielder of the Year.
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.
Diamond capped an outstanding career with Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2003 NCAA Tournament, combining for 25 saves and surrendering just 19 goals in the national semifinals and championship game. The three-sport captain, two-time All-NESCAC and First-Team All-America selection was voted the IWLCA Division III Goaltender of the Year in 2002 and the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III Goaltender of the Year 2003 and is a three-time NCAA All-Tournament honoree. Diamond was also a First-Team All-NESCAC goalkeeper and two-time First-Team Verizon/CoSIDA District 1 All-Academic selection in women's soccer, leading the Jeffs to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championship game in 2001 and an ECAC title in 2000.
A First-Team Warrior/Inside Lacrosse and IWLCA All-American, Jamieson, along with Diamond, helped form the backbone of Amherst's defense, limiting opponents to 8.31 goals per game - the third best mark in the NESCAC in 2003. The senior tri-captain also led the Jeffs with 44 ground balls and 41 caused turnovers en route to Second-Team All-NESCAC and NCAA All-Tournament honors.
Only a sophomore, 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 named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 2003. She was voted the Division III Midfielder of the Year by the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse as well as WomensLacrosse.com.
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. Ouimet was also a two-time STX/NFHCA Division III All- Region selection in field hockey.
Allen was Amherst's third leading scorer with 51 points on 44 goals and seven assists and finished tied for 10th in the NESCAC in goals per game (2.20). The senior midfielder and First-Team IWLCA All-New England selection registered 15 multiple-goal games - including four-goal outbursts in wins over SUNY Cortland, Springfield College and St. Lawrence University - and found the back of the net in 18 of the Jeffs' 20 games in 2003.
Hanley first gained national prominence earning WomensLacrosse.com Rookie of the Week honors for the period ending April 27, combining for a pair of goals, eight ground balls, four caused turnovers and 14 draw controls while playing a grueling 176 minutes in a trio of victories over Tufts, Williams and Wesleyan. The first-year attacker emerged as a key player in her rookie campaign, finishing the season with 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists.
Yet More Postseason Honors for Amherst Women's Lacrosse
June 4, 2003