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Allison Aldrich '04
Senior tri-captain Allison Aldrich netted four goals and dished out one assist on Wednesday.

Second-Ranked Jeffs Hold Off No. 9 Trinity

March 31, 2004

HARTFORD, CT - The second-ranked defending national champion Amherst College womenís lacrosse team netted five consecutive second-half goals and held off a late rally en route to a 12-9 victory at ninth-ranked NESCAC foe Trinity College on Wednesday night. Amherst senior tri-captain Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) netted four goals and dished one assist and junior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) had three goals and five assists as the Jeffs remained undefeated with their sixth victory of the season.

It didnít take the hosts long to get on the scoreboard as junior Tracy Nesbit found the net just 14 seconds after the draw. Amherst answered with a pair of scores, one each from Harmeling and classmate Cate Smith (Saint James, MD), to take the lead at the 4:46-mark. Trinity knotted the score again on a goal from sophomore Christine Ryan, but the Jeffs pulled away scoring three straight, including Aldrich and fellow senior Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) dealing assists to each other just 13 seconds apart to take a 5-2 edge. The Bantams fought back with consecutive tallies from junior Beatrice Gratry to pull within one with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half. Aldrich and Harmeling each netted their second goal of the half, pushing the lead to 7-4, but the hosts cut the deficit back to two as Ryan netted the final score of the frame.

Trinity again cut the lead to one as Ryan completed the hat trick just over a minute after the break. However, the Jeffs exploded with five consecutive goals to ensure the victory. Amherst senior tri-captain Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) started the rally with her ninth score of the year, and Aldrich followed with back-to-back scores, securing her fourth straight hat trick. Harmeling continued her early-season scoring onslaught with her sixth consecutive hat trick, and 24th goal of the year, and Sargent capped the run. Trinity tried to mount a comeback, scoring three goals down the stretch, but could not overcome the deficit and Amherst held on for the win.

Amherst junior goalie Olivia DíAmbrosio (Farmington, CT) was credited with 13 saves, while senior Alexandra Benjamin and first-year Kate McNerney shared time in goal for Trinity, collecting six and three saves, respectively.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against top-ranked visiting NESCAC archrival Middlebury College at UMass Amherstís Garber Field. The Jeffs bested the Panthers 11-9 in last yearís national championship game, ending their 51-game win streak and earning the first national crown in program history.

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