Stechenberg Tallies Five Goals As Jeffs Thump Conn College, 20-8
Third-ranked Jeffs win fifth-straight, avenge 1999 loss to Camels

    NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Senior Amherst College Tri-captain Alie Stechenberg (Longmeadow, MA) scored a career-high five goals, classmate Katherine Poulin (St. David's, PA) had four goals, and junior midfielder Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) netted a hat trick and added two assists as the women's lacrosse team pounded Connecticut College on Saturday, avenging a 12-11 loss during the 1999 season with a 20-8 win in New London.
    Stechenberg opened the scoring for the Jeffs 6:47 into the game, Poulin scored 21 seconds later off a feed from Tri-captain Rachel Bernstein (Maplewood, NJ), and the Jeffs never looked back, opening up an 8-0 lead before the Camels would even get on the scoreboard. Conn sophomore Anna Trafton (Topsham, ME) finally got the hosts on the game at the 12:31 mark with the first of her four goals for the game, but the Jeffs responded right off the ensuing draw, with Bernstein netting her sixth goal of the season.
    The visitors ran off four more unanswered goals, taking a 13-1 lead before Trafton responded at the 2:00 mark. The Camels added one more score just before the half, and opened the second half with a 4-1 run, closing to within seven before the Amherst offense took over once more. Junior Sarah Scheessele (Pittsburgh, PA) netted her second goal of the game (and ninth of the season) to begin the run, and Stechenberg finished her career day at the 11:32 mark, scoring off a Robin Ackerman (Princeton, NJ) feed.
    First-year Erin Beaumont (Summit, NJ), who set an Amherst record with nine points in the Jeffs' 20-4 win over Springfield College on Tuesday, added two goals, and Bernstein finished with three helpers to go along with her two tallies, bringing her to 15 points (7g, 8a) for the year. Junior Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA) stopped three Camel shots in the first half, before giving way to freshman Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), who recorded four second-half saves.
    For Conn, Trafton finished with four goals, while senior Meghan Welch (Framingham, MA), who almost singlehandedly lifted the Camels past the Jeffs in their lone meeting last year with six goals, finished with one goal and three assists in the loss. The Camels fall to 0-3, and face a tough road test on Tuesday afternoon at Trinity College.
    For the Jeffs, the win is their fifth in a row to open the season, and it comes in record-setting fashion as the Jeffs score 20 or more goals in three straight games for the first time in school history. With the win over the Camels, the Jeffs turn their attention towards the only other team to defeat them during the 1999 season--second-ranked Middlebury College. The last time the two teams met, the Panthers hung on for a dramatic 10-9 victory in the NCAA Division III Championship game at Johns Hopkins University last May, and the Panthers also handed the Jeffs an 11-8 loss at the Heron Draw Tournament at William Smith College, which is where the two teams will meet next Saturday.


Saturday, April 1, 2000
At Connecticut College, New London, CT

  1 2 -- F
Amherst College (5-0) 13 7 -- 20
Connecticut College (0-3) 3 5 -- 8

Scoring:

Per. Team Time Scorer (#, Assist) Score (A-C)
1 A 23:13 Alie Stechenberg '00 (8, unassisted) 1-0
1 A 22:52 Katherine Poulin '00 (5, Rachel Bernstein '00) 2-0
1 A 20:49 Stechenberg (9, unassisted) 3-0
1 A 19:13 Sarah Scheessele '01 (8, unassisted) 4-0
1 A 16:52 Kristin Osborn '01 (18, unassisted) 5-0
1 A 15:23 Stechenberg (10, Scheessele) 6-0
1 A 14:13 Poulin (6, unassisted) 7-0
1 A 12:50 Poulin (7, unassisted) 8-0
1 C 12:31 Anna Trafton (4, unassisted) 8-1
1 A 12:26 Bernstein (6, Stechenberg) 9-1
1 A 8:05 Osborn (19, unassisted) 10-1
1 A 7:14 Stechenberg (11, Bernstein) 11-1
1 A 6:03 Erin Beaumont '03 (10, Bernstein) 12-1
1 A 5:15 Osborn (20, Carrie Foster '02) 13-1
1 C 2:00 Trafton (5, Meghan Welch) 13-2
1 C 0:15 Welch (8, unassisted) 13-3
2 C 23:40 Trafton (6, Welch) 13-4
2 C 23:02 Caley Boyd (3, Welch) 13-5
2 A 21:49 Laura Schifter '03 (6, Osborn) 14-5
2 C 20:25 Annie Peller (1, Anna Hitchner) 14-6
2 C 16:20 Sandra Cruzzavala (1, unassisted) 14-7
2 A 13:49 Scheessele (9, unassisted) 15-7
2 A 11:34 Stechenberg (12, Robin Ackerman '02) 16-7
2 A 10:15 Poulin (8, unassisted) 17-7
2 A 7:10 Beaumont (11, unassisted) 18-7
2 C 2:47 Trafton (7, unassisted) 18-8
2 A 2:05 Bernstein (7, Osborn) 19-8
2 A 0:57 Scheessele (10, unassisted) 20-8

CUMULATIVE SCORING:

GOALS:
(A) - Alie Stechenberg 5, Katherine Poulin 4, Kristin Osborn 3, Sarah Scheessele 3, Erin Beaumont 2, Rachel Bernstein 2, Laura Schifter;
(C) - Anna Trafton 4, Annie Peller, Meghan Welch, Caley Boyd, Sandra Cruzzavala;

ASSISTS:
(A) - Rachel Bernstein 3, Kristin Osborn 2, Robin Ackerman, Carrie Foster, Sarah Scheessele, Alie Stechenberg;
(C) - Meghan Welch 3, Anna Hitchner;

SAVES:
(A) - Jess Thaxton '01 (30:00) 3, Brooke Diamond '03 (30:00) 4;
(C) - Elayna Zachko (60:00) 8;

SHOTS:
(A) - 28;
(C) -13;


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