Tufts sophomore Meredith Harris (left) battles Amherst senior Liz Martin on a face-off. Martin helped pace the Jeffs with five goals on Saturday.
Second-Seeded Jeffs Advance to NESCAC Semifinals with 13-7 Win Over Seventh-Seeded Tufts
April 25, 2004
AMHERST, MA - The second-seeded Amherst College women’s lacrosse team outscored visiting No. 7 seed Tufts University 7-2 in the second half en route to a 13-7 victory in the opening round of the NESCAC Championship Tournament on Sunday. Amherst senior tri-captain Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) and junior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) each netted five goals on just five shots as the Jeffs advance to face archrival Williams College in the conference semifinals Saturday at 2:30 p.m., hosted by top-seeded Middlebury College.
The Jumbos dominated possession early, winning five of the first six draw controls, and building a 4-1 lead. Tufts senior Willow Hagge (Portland, ME) netted the visitors’ first goal, and classmate Kristin Saldarelli (Yorktown Heights, NY) followed with a spinning shot from the left side. Amherst scored its first goal at the 6:23-mark as Martin brought the ball down in transition and circled behind the net before feeding fellow tri-captain Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) for the score. Tufts responded with back-to-back goals from sophomore Dena Miller (Denver, CO) and Saldarelli to make it 4-1, but the Jeffs’ offense finally came alive, reeling off four straight scores to take the lead. Martin connected on a laser from the left side at the 11:44-mark, and then slipped a free-position shot just inside the right post 1:40 later. Martin netted her third consecutive tally off a Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) assist to tie the game with just over 11 minutes left in the half, and Harmeling gave the Jeffs their first lead of the game, intercepting an outlet pass from Tufts junior goalie Sarah Lipson (Arlington, MA) and sprinting all the way to the net for the unassisted score. The Jumbos came back to tie the score on a free-position shot from first-year Sarah Bromley (Haddam, CT), but Amherst regained its one-goal edge before the intermission on a free-position tally from Harmeling.
The visitors knotted the score for the third time in the game on junior Jen Griffin’s (Northborough, MA) free-position score just under two minutes into the second frame. However, the Jeffs capitalized on consecutive transition opportunities and scored three straight to pull away for good. Amherst senior Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) sparked the first two scores, outrunning the Tufts defense and feeding sophomore Caitie Parker (Bethesda, MD) for the first goal and Martin for the second. Martin assisted on the third tally, lobbing a pass from behind the goal to Harmeling who converted the score. Tufts scored its final goal of the day on an unassisted score from senior Lauren Peach (Maplewood, NJ). Amherst poured in three more down the stretch as Harmeling fed Aldrich, who beat the goalie with a low shot for the first. Harmeling tacked on an unassisted score at the 26:09-mark, and Martin capped the scoring off an assist from first-year Dana Kuper (Denver, CO).
Saldarelli led the Jumbos with a pair of scores, while Peach had a goal and two assists. Lipson had just two saves in goal as Tufts finishes its season at 6-7. Amherst junior goalie Olivia D’Ambrosio (Farmington, CT) collected six for the Jeffs, who improved to 13-1.
No. 3 seed Williams advanced to the semifinals with a narrow 10-9 win over sixth-seeded Wesleyan University, while fourth-seeded Bowdoin College moves on to face Middlebury with a 13-4 pounding of visiting fifth seed Colby College.
2004 NESCAC Championship Tournament
First Round - Sunday, April 25, 2004
No. 2 Amherst 13 - No. 7 Tufts 7
No. 3 Williams 10 - No. 6 Wesleyan 9
No. 4 Bowdoin 13 - No. 5 Colby 4
Semifinals - Saturday, May 1, 2004 at Middlebury College
No. 1 Middlebury vs. No. 4 Bowdoin (noon)
No. 2 Amherst vs. No. 3 Williams (2:30 p.m.)
Finals - Sunday, May 2, 2004 at Middlebury College