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.