Amherst Trio Named to IWLCA Academic Honor Roll

June 18, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior defender Molly O'Connor (Baltimore, MD), senior All-American goalie Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) and junior All-American midfielder Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) were each named to the 2003 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Academic Honor Roll this week, awarded annually to juniors or seniors with a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. 

The trio helped lead Amherst to an 18-2 overall record and its first-ever NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship with a dramatic 11-9 victory over two-time defending national champion Middlebury College in the NCAA title game. 

Diamond, a psychology major, capped an outstanding career with NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors, 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 two-time First-Team All-America selection was twice voted the IWLCA Division III Goaltender of the Year, named the IWLCA Scholar Athlete of the Year this past season 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. As a captain on the women's basketball team, Diamond combined for 179 points, 203 rebounds, 50 assists and 33 steals, and helped lead the Jeffs to 61 wins over four seasons. As part of Commencement Weekend at Amherst, she was presented the Howard Hill Mossman Trophy, awarded annually to the member of the senior class who has brought, during his or her four years, the greatest honor in athletics to his or her alma mater. 

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, a Second-Team All-American as a sophomore and a First-Team All-American in 2003, Martin finished fourth in the conference with 83 points and was one of five Amherst players named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. 

O'Connor was a valuable contributor on Amherst's defense, which limited opponents to 8.31 goals per game - the third best mark in the NESCAC in 2003. O'Connor scooped up 15 ground balls and forced 10 turnovers in 13 games.