AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Amherst College women's lacrosse earned the No. 1 seed in the ECAC Tournament as the squad looks to defend its first-ever ECAC Championship. Concluding the season with a 10-3 record as the No. 10 team in the nation, Amherst earns a bye in First Round action and will host the Final Four on Saturday, May 9 - Sunday, May 10. Leading Amherst to its fourth-straight post-season appearance is senior Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE), who earned Player of the Week honors from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
Amherst spoiled a perfect season for archrival Williams with an 8-5 upset of the No. 2 team in the country. Kestner registered three goals against the Ephs, as her second would stand as the game-winner and her third closed out the game. The tri-captain had also notched a pair of goals in a 21-11 win over Mount Holyoke. Kestner is a two-time All-New England midfielder.
Both Kestner and fellow captain Heidi Cline (Andover, MA) joined the Century Club this season with their 100th collegiate goals. The pair lead the Amherst attack, as they combine for 76 goals and 16 assists this season, 241 goals and 74 assists in their careers as Nos. 2 and 3 on Amherst's all-time scoring list. Cline kicked off her senior year as a pre-season Honorable Mention All-American. Tri-captain Erika Johnson (Newton, MA) is expected to repeat as an All-American defender after helping her women's soccer team to four-straight NCAA appearances.
Minding the net are junior Sarah Evans (Columbus, OH) and rookie Jess Thaxton (Wayland, MA), who registered 13 saves against the Ephs for a 3-0 record. Collectively, the duo has compiled a 7.92 goals against average while Amherst tallies 13.62 goals per game.
Amherst has faced three teams in the New England Regional with a 3-0 record against the field. Last year, Amherst downed both Bowdoin and Tufts toward its ECAC Championship, claimed with a 6-5 win at top-seeded Williams.
Wednesday, May 6, 1998 4:00pm No. 6 Colby (9-5) at No. 3 Connecticut College (8-5) 4:00pm No. 5 Wellesley (12-3-1) at No. 4 Tufts (7-5-1) Saturday, May 9, 1998 in Amherst, Massachusetts 12:00pm Tufts/Wellesley at No. 1 Amherst (10-3) 2:00pm Conn College/Colby v. No. 2 Bowdoin (8-4) Sunday, May 10, 1998 in Amherst, Massachusetts 1:00pm Championship Game # # # 5/4/98