AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Two members of the Amherst College women's lacrosse team were named to their second All-America teams this year as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), co-sponsored by Brine, selected 48 student-athletes for three national all-star teams. Both were also named to the United States Women's Lacrosse Association (USWLA) All-American Teams.
Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) and Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) earned national honors for leading Amherst College to its second straight ECAC Championship. Permut claimed First Team USWLA Honors as the midfielder anchored a defense that held opponents to eight goals a game. The junior led the team with 45 ground balls and caused 41 turnovers while committing only 12, and she contributed six goals and eight assists to the Amherst offensive effort. Kestner closed out her collegiate career as the team's leading scorer and third on the all-time scoring list with 163 points that included 126 goals, the second-most in Amherst history. Kestner's nine goals and two assists in two ECAC games earned the tri-captain Tournament MVP honors. The midfielder tallied 46 goals and 10 assists in the 1998 campaign.
Amherst women's lacrosse posted its finest season to date, finishing with a 12-3 record and two-time ECAC Division III New England Champions. The team matched last year's mark of 12 wins for most in a single season with a thrilling 9-8 overtime victory over Bowdoin for the ECAC Crown. Propelling Amherst into the team's fourth-straight post-season appearance was an 8-5 win over then-unbeaten Williams College. This victory earned Amherst a No. 1 seed in the ECAC Tournament and its first Little III title since 1985. The team finished as the No. 10 team in the nation.
Both will attend tryouts for the National team this weekend.
First Team Attack Dorothy Cavanagh Trinity Lina Chickering Middlebury Fran Constantine College of New Jersey Holly Hoffay Hartwick Lisa Krug William Smith Kara Silberg Franklin & Marshall Kate Stoehr Hartwick Alana Teutonico Williams Defense Sara Donnaruma William Smith Lauren Gioia Williams Heidi Howard Middlebury Jennifer Maholland College of New Jersey Whitney Parker Washington & Lee Katherine Roberts Oberlin Goalies Emily Bracken Middlebury Anita Patibandla Johns Hopkins Second Team Attack Holly Baker Swarthmore Kristin Carey Goucher Allison Doyle Ithaca Jen Durgin Ohio Wesleyan Summer Kent William Smith Jennifer Martinelli Trinity Amy Rafalski Bridgewater Karen Townsend Drew Defense Leslie Greene Ithaca Alison Offenburger Denison Irene Permut Amherst Mandy Roach Franklin & Marshall Heather Stafford Ithaca Kristin Sullivan Gettysburg Amanda Tucker Trinity Goalie Tara Jensen St. Mary's College of Maryland Third Team Attack Kristin DiMarzo Cortland Mary Everett Colorado Heather Kestner Amherst Danielle Maschuci Johns Hopkins Melissa Myers Ursinus Ali Ogelsby Roanoke Gia Trionfo St. Mary's College of Maryland Amity Wall Middlebury Defense Melissa Ballance Mary Washington Missy Hopkins Middlebury Elissa McCarthy Denison Jessica McCourt College of New Jersey Molly McMahon Bates Danae Nason-Junco William Smith Molly Wynia Hartwick Goalie Sue Ketcham Hartwick # # # 5/28/98