Junior goalie Olivia D'Ambrosio allowed just four goals over the final 36 minutes and collected 13 saves on Saturday.
Third-Ranked Jeffs Edges Ninth-Ranked Williams in Overtime, 11-10
April 24, 2004
AMHERST, MA - The third-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team posted an 11-10 overtime victory on Saturday, defeating ninth-ranked NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams College and securing the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Tournament. Williams senior Molly Jennings (Greenwich, CT) tied the game with 16 seconds left in regulation to force the extra frames, but Amherst junior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) netted the game-winner 15 seconds into the second overtime period to earn the win. The Jeffs face visiting No. 7 seed Tufts University in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament tomorrow (Sunday) at noon.
Williams was dominant early, taking a 2-0 lead on goals from Jennings and junior Crista Petrelli (Harrison, NY), and stretching the lead to 6-2 as junior Tara Boyd (New Canaan, CT) netted back-to-back scores at the 16:22- and 21:05-marks. The Jeffs rallied in the final seven minutes as Harmeling found senior tri-captain Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) for her second goal of the game, and Martin fed classmate Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) just a minute and a half later to cut the Ephs’ lead to two at the intermission.
Williams junior Amy Wicker (New Canaan, CT) opened the second half with her second unassisted tally, giving the visitors their largest lead of the game. Martin answered for the Jeffs, scoring off a feed from first-year Dana Kuper (Denver, CO) and netting an unassisted goal at the 7:12-mark to pull Amherst back within one, 7-6. Jennings pushed the Williams lead back to 2, but Aldrich and sophomore Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) each scored to tie the game for the first time since the opening draw, and Aldrich gave the Jeffs their first lead of the game on a free-position shot with 10:22 left in regulation. The Ephs tied the game, 9-9, as first-year Kaylan Tildsley (Andover, MA) scored unassisted at the 27:20-mark. With about 30 seconds left on the clock Aldrich was awarded a free-position shot after a Williams foul. She moved toward the goal, but stopped and fed fellow tri-captain Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA), who slipped the ball past the Ephs’ goalie for the 10-9 edge. However, the visitors would not go quietly as they won the ensuing draw and Jennings found the net to force overtime.
Neither side could score in the first three-minute period of overtime, but Harmeling nabbed the opening draw of the second frame and sprinted straight to the goal, firing in a laser for the game-winner. Amherst’s defense dominated the extra sessions, and allowed just four goals in the final 36 minutes of play. Amherst sophomore defender Margaret Chute (Pawtucket, RI) led the way, scooping up seven ground balls and forcing three turnovers, while junior Jenna Swan-Gross (Philadelphia, PA) forced three turnovers as well. Martin finished with four goals and an assist, while Aldrich added three goals and an assist and Harmeling posted two goals and two assists.
Jennings led the Ephs with three goals while, Tildsley, Wicker and Boyd had a pair each.
Amherst junior Olivia D’Ambrosio (Farmington, CT) collected 13 saves as the Jeffs improved to 12-1 (8-1 NESCAC), while sophomore Meghan Dwyer (Norwell, MA) grabbed 17 for Williams. The Ephs fall to 9-4 (7-2 NESCAC), but enter the NESCAC Tournament as the No. 3-seed and hosts sixth-seeded Wesleyan University tomorrow at noon.
Amherst faces Tufts for the second time in a week after defeating the visiting Jumbos 14-10 last Wednesday.
2004 NESCAC Championship Tournament
First Round - Sunday, April 25, 2004
No. 7 Tufts at No. 2 Amherst at noon
No. 6 Wesleyan at No. 3 Williams at noon
No. 5 Colby at No. 4 Bowdoin at noon
Semifinals - Saturday, May 1, 2004 at Middlebury College
No. 1 Middlebury vs. lowest remaining seed at noon
Remaining first-round winners at 2:30 p.m.
Finals - Sunday, May 2, 2004 at Middlebury College