1996 Amherst Field Hockey: A Look Back

[1996 Lord Jeff Field Hockey] After earning a bid to the ECAC Tournament in 1995, the team aspired to the next level this season. The Amherst program rose to the top of New England Field Hockey and into the National spotlight in 1996. Hard work in the off-season and through the pre-season proved fruitful, as they ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in New England with the first ever NCAA Tournament bid for the Amherst field hockey program.

The team won its first six games over Mount Holyoke (2-0), WPI (2-0), Connecticut College (1-0), Wheaton (2-0), Bowdoin (2-1) and MIT (2-1) before losing to a strong Middlebury team (0-3). Amherst rebounded to win their next four over Smith, Williams, Clark and rival Wesleyan for the program's first Little III title in 12 years. But the most significant victory proved to be over Trinity, where the Amherst squad outlasted the top-ranked Bantams for a 1-0 overtime upset.

Leading the team to many victories was an outstanding defense, anchored by sophomore All-NESCAC goalie Jes Rich. Posting nine shutouts and allowing only six goals during the regular season, Jes led an experienced unit to a successful 12-2 season. Returning players Jen Shea '98, Tiffany Waskowicz '00 and Jen Corso '99 played significant roles on defense, and the team must fill the void left by Kathryn Gwatkin '97, Sarah Bradley '97 and Laura McAloon '97. Sophomore midfielders Irene Permut and Marnie Huffman-Green both earned Regional All-American honors, while Permut also was All-NESCAC and Third Team All American.

In the 1996 NCAA Tournament, the squad put on a great performance against William Smith before losing 3-4 to the Final Four team. However, the tournament competition and turf experience will prove to be invaluable going into the '97 season.

1997 Amherst Field Hockey: A Look Ahead

[Tyra Gettleman '00] Fourteen experienced players return from last year's squad, which should make '97 another exciting season for Amherst field hockey. Leading scorer Sandy Accordino '99 returns, along with forwards Tamara Ball '99, Tyra Gettleman '00, Risa Ravitz '00 and Alie Stechenberg '00. In midfield, junior captain Irene Permut, Marnie Huffman-Green '99 and Aleni Pappas '00 all return with quality playing experience. Depth in the backfield should make rebuilding easier with captains Jen Shea '98 and Jen Corso '99 leading the squad. Sophomores Tiffany Waskowicz, Tregony Bucknell-Pogue and Darcy Sweeney should all help the squad in '97. Jes Rich '99 will return in goal after an incredible '96 season.