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Chris Paradis '00
Head coach Chris Paradis will look to guide Amherst to an NCAA Championship

Women's Lacrosse Earns NCAA Bid, Will Host One of Four Regionals This Weekend

May 7, 2002

AMHERST, MA - Despite falling to top-ranked Middlebury College in Sunday's NESCAC championship game, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team, the number-three team in the country in the latest national poll, earned its fourth ever bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, and will host one of the tourney's four four-team regionals on Hitchcock Field this weekend. The Jeffs are paired with Colorado College, both teams receiving at-large bids, in Saturday's first regional semifinal at 11:30 a.m., while Nazareth College and Union College, champions of the Empire Eight and Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (UCAA), respectively, will face each other in the second contest at 2 p.m. For Colorado and Union, this is the second NCAA appearance all-time, while Nazareth College is making its second trip to the national tournament in the past three years.

NCAA Regional Semifinals - Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Amherst College - Amherst, MA

Game 1 - Colorado College (8-8) at #3 Amherst College (12-2)

Saturday's first regional semifinal features a pair of somewhat familiar opponents in Amherst and Colorado. The Tigers received an at-large bid, as an independent team, while the Jeffs also picked up an at-large bid in the 18-team field, after finishing second in the NESCAC to top-ranked Middlebury College, with their only two losses (against 12 wins) coming to the Panthers.

Colorado, making its second NCAA appearance after being eliminated by Amherst in the 1999 NCAA Tournament, enters Saturday's game with a record of 8-8 overall. Senior midfielders Rebecca Cashman (Newton, MA) and Erin Simons (Wilmette, IL) combined to score 63 goals and dish out 37 assists this season. First-year middie Cassie Abel (Vashon Islands, WA) has also been a big contributor to Colorado's success during the 2002 campaign, notching 38 goals and 19 assists.

Defensively, the Tigers will look to junior goaltender Cindy Yi (Englewood, CO), who has recorded a 7.82 goals-against-average during the regular season, while stopping .564 of the shots she has faced. Colorado will look to avenge the 21-13 loss they suffered at the hands of the Jeffs in the 1999 tournament.

Amherst is making its fourth NCAA appearance, after a dramatic run to the championship game in 2001. The Jeffs come into the NCAA Tournament as the number-three team in the nation, having secured an at-large bid with a pair of wins in a one-week span over Little Three rival Williams College, including a 17-8 victory in last weekend's NESCAC semifinals. Overall, the Jeffs had won seven consecutive games before Sunday's loss to top-ranked Middlebury College.

Leading the Amherst attack is junior attacker Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) with 74 points, on 36 goals and 38 assists. Sophomore midfielder Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) leads the team in goals, with 47, while junior midfielder Mary Kate Allen (Springfield, MA) is yet another scoring threat, tallying 19 goals and 12 assists this season.

Defensively, the Jeffs are paced by the duo of seniors Cara Coscarelli (W. Hartford, CT) and Robin Ackerman (Princeton, NJ). Junior goaltender Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) has combined to stop 169 shots in 14 games this year, maintaining a stellar .655 save percentage and a 6.64 goals-against-average.

NCAA Regional Semifinals - Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Amherst College - Amherst, MA

Game 2 - Nazareth College (11-4) vs. # 8 Union College (13-1)

The second contest on Saturday afternoon features a pair of less-familiar foes in Nazareth College and eighth-ranked Union College, two of the automatic-bid teams in the 18-team NCAA Tournament field. Nazareth, making their second trip in the past three years to the NCAA Tournament, comes into Saturday's regional winners of nine of its last 11 contests, including a 14-13 double overtime victory over Union College, in the Empire Eight championship.

Leading the Golden Flyer offense is senior attacker Allison Roberts (Rochester, NY), posting a team-high 62 points on 28 goals and 34 assists. Sophomore middie Shawna Kabot (Horseheads, NY) enters as the team's leading goal scorer with 54, while junior midfielder Lora Podsiadlo (Penn Yan, NY) is also a lethal threat, notching 52 points on 41 goals, while dishing out 11 assists.

Defensively, Nazareth will be led by senior netminder Teryn Wineburg (Auburn, NY) who enters the match-up stopping 144 shots this season, good for a .585 save percentage, along with a 7.64 goals-against-average. The Golden Flyers last appeared in the tournament in 2000, when they were able to pull off a first round upset over William Smith, before falling to Middlebury in the quarterfinals.

Union has been a force to reckon with throughout this year's campaign. They enter the contest with a record of 13-1, fresh off of their 17-5 victory over the University of Rochester, taking home the UCAA Title and the automatic berth into the tournament. For the Dutchwomen, the 2002 season has been a dramatic turnaround from a year ago, when they finished 6-8. Their lone loss this season came against host Middlebury, 13-4, while the only close game the Dutchwomen have been involved in was a 10-9 overtime win over William Smith.

First-year attacker Molly Flanagan (Simsbury, CT) leads the Union charge, tallying 66 points on 52 goals and 16 assists this season. Senior attackers Stephanie Maychack (Averill Park, NY) and junior Nina Mandel (Port Washington, NY) are also scoring threats, each registering over 50 points this year.

Defensively, the Dutchwomen have been paced by senior co-captain defenders Yvonne Turchatti (Red Hook, NY) and Jane Kaplan (Brookline, MA), who have been stellar in front of sophomore goaltender Liz Soto (Greenwich, CT). Soto has stopped 82 shots, moving her save percentage to .536, while maintaining a phenomenal 5.00 goals-against-average. This season marks the second ever NCAA appearance for Union, who also earned a bid in 1999.

Along with the regional at Amherst, top-ranked Middlebury, St. Mary's of Maryland and Gettysburg College are the other three regional sites. The winners of Saturday's games will meet on Sunday at their respective regional sites. Then, the regional winners will advance to the NCAA Final Four at Rowan University on Saturday, May 18.

NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Regional Semifinals - Saturday, May 11, 2002

At Amherst College:

Colorado College (8-8) at Amherst College (12-2)
Nazareth College (11-4) vs. Union College (13-1)

At Gettysbury College:

Susquehanna University (12-4) vs. The College of New Jersey (13-0)
SUNY-Cortland (13-2) at Gettysburg College (15-3)

At Middlebury College:

Springfield College (12-4)/Western New England College (16-1) winner at Middlebury College (13-0)
Rowan University (12-4) vs. William Smith (13-1)

At St. Mary's of Maryland:

Randolph-Macon (12-4) vs. Mary Washington (10-5)
Cabrini (14-4)/Wooster (11-5) winner at St. Mary's (18-0)