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Caitie Parker '06
Sophomore Caitie Parker netted her third goal of the year on Wednesday.

Third-Ranked Jeffs Topple Tufts, 14-10

April 21, 2004

AMHERST, MA - In a game that saw five lead changes and the score tied seven times, the third-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team scored six of the last eight goals in regulation to defeat visiting NESCAC foe Tufts University 14-10 on Wednesday. Amherst junior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) poured in six goals and dealt three assists, while senior Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) had three goals and two assists and fellow senior Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) posted her 300th collegiate point, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists.

Aldrich gave the Jeffs an early lead, scoring 52 seconds after the draw on a free-position shot, but senior Willow Hagge (Portland, ME) responded for the Jumbos, feeding junior Megan Doughty (Brunswick, ME) cutting through the middle to even the score, and then finding the net herself off a free-position shot. Harmeling slipped a pass through a crowd in front of the net to sophomore Caitie Parker (Bethesda, MD) to even the score at the 12:23-mark, but Tufts regained the lead just over a minute later as senior Kristin Saldarelli (Yorktown Heights, NY) found sophomore Meredith Harris (Ridgewood, NJ) curling towards to the net for the goal. Harris and Amherst senior Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) traded free-position tallies over the next six minutes and Tufts took its largest lead of the game, 5-3, on an unassisted tally from Hagge with 8:25 left in the session. Amherst fought back to tie the game in the final minutes of the first half as Martin fed Harmeling on the left side to cut the lead to one, and Harmeling squeezed a free-position shot just inside the right post to tie the game, 5-5, at the break.

Martin gave Amherst its first lead of the game with her 300th collegiate point (104 points as a first-year at Goucher College and 196 as a Lord Jeff), finding Harmeling for her third straight score. Tufts junior Jen Griffin (Northborough, MA) evened the count at 6-6, off an assist from sophomore Dena Miller (Denver, CO), and regained the lead for the visitors with a free-position tally at the 8:43-mark. Harmeling fed Aldrich just over three minutes later, tying the game for a sixth time, and Harmeling pushed the Jeffs back ahead, 8-7, near the midpoint of the second half. The visitors came right back as Doughty netted an unassisted score to even the score, however, Amherst finally took control of the contest netting four unanswered goals to build a 12-8 lead. The Jeffs forced a turnover after the ensuing draw and Aldrich scooped up the ground ball. She turned and sprinted all the way to the 12-meter line before dishing to first-year Dana Kuper (Denver, CO) on the left side for the score. Harmeling tacked on a pair of scores and Martin capped the run off a feed from Sargent. The Jumbos finally responded as Hagge scored with 6:34 remaining, but Aldrich responded with a nifty, spinning shot just 32 seconds later. The visitors came back quickly as Miller fired an unassisted shot into the top of the net, but Amherst gained possession on the following draw and maintained possession for the next four minutes before Martin finalized the game’s scoring with an unassisted tally.

Hagge led the Jumbos with three goals and an assist, while Doughty, Griffin and Harris each posted two goals, Miller had a goal and two assists and Saldarelli dished out an assist. Tufts junior netminder Sarah Lipson (Arlington, MA) collected eight saves as they fell to 6-5 (3-5 NESCAC, while junior goalie Olivia D’Ambrosio (Farmington, CT) nabbed 11 for the Jeffs, who improved to 11-1 (7-1 NESCAC) with the win.

Amherst returns to action in its final home contest and regular-season finale Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against visiting NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams College.

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