AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Four members of the Amherst College field hockey team were recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) for their performances in the 1997 campaign. The Jeffs finished with a 10-5 record as the No. 5 seed in the ECAC Championship, their third straight post-season appearance.
Tri-Captain Jen Shea (Hatfield, MA) was named to the North All-Star squad, which will be coached by Amherst Head Coach Chris Paradis, last year's regional coach of the year. The defender is among 17 seniors named to the North squad, which will face the best from the South in the senior All-Star game on November 21 at the University of Connecticut.
Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) earned Regional All-America First Team honors for the second straight year after finishing her sophomore season as a Third-Team All-American. The midfielder served as a Tri-Captain of the Jeffs, and she finished her junior campaign with four goals and four assists for 12 points. She is now eligible for All-America recognition.
Recognized on the Regional All-America Second Team were sophomore forward Tyra Gettleman (Orono, ME) and junior midfielder Marnie Huffman-Green (Bethesda, MD). Gettleman finished as the team's second leading scorer after tallying all eight of her goals in the first five games. The sophomore notched four assists late in the season for 20 points. Huffman-Green makes the Regional Second Team for the second straight year, and she concluded her junior season with a goal and two assists for four points.
Amherst field hockey roared out to its best start in the 23-year history of the varsity program by winning its first seven games and outscoring opponents 25-2. Concluding the year at 10-5, the Jeffs set a season scoring record as they tallied 38 goals in just 15 games to crack the former best of 35 set in both 1984 and 1985. Amherst graduates two seniors as the Jeffs return nine starters, including their keeper and top five scorers.
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