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Jackie Sargent '04
Senior tri-captain Jackie Sargent netted three goals on Saturday.

Second-Ranked Jeffs Suffer First Loss, Fall to Top-Ranked Middlebury, 17-10

April 3, 2004

AMHERST, MA - The second-ranked defending national champion Amherst College women's lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, falling to visiting top-ranked NESCAC archrival Middlebury College, 17-10, at UMass Amherst’s Garber Field. Middlebury senior Nuala O’Donohoe (Needham, MA) was dominant throughout, netting seven goals and dealing two assists, and sophomore Elizabeth Renehan (St. Davids, PA) had four goals and two assists as well. Amherst junior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) had three goals and two assists and senior Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) posted three scores in defeat. The Jeffs fell to 6-1 (3-1 NESCAC), while Middlebury remained unbeaten, improving to 7-0 (4-0 NESCAC).

Amherst jumped ahead early as senior tri-captain Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) won the opening draw and found Harmeling, who sprinted straight into the goal for the 1-0 lead. O’Donohoe responded for the Panthers, scoring an unassisted goal at the 3:44-mark, and taking a feed from first-year Claire Edelen (Sparks, MD) to give Middlebury a 2-1 edge. Martin knotted the score on a free-position shot with 16 minutes left in the first half, but just under a minute later the Panthers regained the lead as O’Donohoe fed first-year Kim Walker (Ridgewood, NJ) for a score, and later pushed the lead to two with her third tally of the game. Amherst sophomore Margaret Chute (Pawtucket, RI) caused a turnover at midfield and then outraced the Middlebury defense before feeding Harmeling to cut the lead to one, but Middlebury answered with four consecutive scores, including two by Renehan, building an 8-3 lead with five minutes remaining in the half. The Jeffs closed the gap in the final minutes as first-year Dana Kuper (Denver, CO) fed Sargent, who crossed in front of the net for the score, and Martin snuck in an unassisted tally to trim the lead to just three at the break.

Middlebury stormed out of the half, netting the first five goals of the session and building a 13-5 lead in the first 14 minutes. Amherst finally ended the drought as Harmeling converted a pass from Martin at the 14:02-mark, but the Panthers retaliated immediately as Walker took the ball to the goal straight off the draw for the unassisted score. The Jeffs made their final rally, scoring three consecutive goals and cutting the lead to six with just under eight minutes left. Harmeling slipped a pass through the crowd to Sargent for the first score and dished out another assist to senior Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) from behind the net for the second. Sargent then completed her hat trick, bouncing in a free-position shot with 7:05 left on the clock. The Jeffs’ comeback hopes were squashed when Middlebury netted three more goals down the stretch. Amherst junior Cate Smith (Saint James, MD) put the Jeffs in double figures late in the game with her ninth goal of the year.

Amherst junior goalie Olivia D’Ambrosio (Farmington, CT) collected 14 saves, while her counterpart, senior Sarah Grenert (Sewickley, PA), tallied 12 for Middlebury.

Amherst returns to action Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. at NESCAC foe Connecticut College.