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Cate Smith '05
Junior Cate Smith tallied her 12th goal of the season on Saturday.

Jeffs Advance to NESCAC Title Game with 19-10 Win Over Williams

FROM A MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE RELEASE

May 1, 2004

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The second-seeded Amherst College women’s lacrosse team used a 7-0 first-half rally to down third-seeded Williams College 19-10 in the NESCAC Tournament Semifinals, hosted by top-seeded Middlebury College on Saturday. The Jeffs face Middlebury, which advanced to the finals with a 9-7 win over fourth-seeded Bowdoin College, tomorrow (Sunday) at noon, in their fourth consecutive NESCAC title game.

The seven-goal outburst came midway through the opening session and gave Amherst a 10-3 advantage with 7:34 left in the half. Senior tri-captains Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) and Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) each notched a pair of scores during the run. Williams answered with a trio of goals from junior Amy Wicker, but Amherst junior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) tallied her second score of the contest with 16 seconds remaining in the frame to give the Jeffs an 11-6 edge at the break.

Amherst sealed the win early in the second half, scoring eight of the first nine goals and cruising out to a 19-7 lead. The frame opened with a 3-0 Amherst run, including a pair of tallies from Martin. Eph senior Tori Scott scored at the 21:28-mark, but the Jeffs reeled off five more goals, the final pair from first-year Liz Wise (Scarsdale, NY). Senior Molly Jennings scored three times down the stretch for Williams, but couldn’t make a dent in Amherst’s massive lead.

Harmeling and Martin finished with five goals and an assist each, while Sargent and fellow senior Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) each posted two scores. Harmeling is now just two points, five goals and eight assists shy of equaling Amherst single-season records in all three categories. Also scoring for Amherst were junior Cate Smith (Saint James, MD), sophomore Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) and first-year Dana Kuper (Denver, CO). Jennings paced Williams with five goals.

Amherst junior goalie Olivia D’Ambrosio (Farmington, CT) nabbed 10 saves as the Jeffs improved to 14-1, while sophomore Meghan Dwyer collected nine for the Ephs, who fell to 10-5.

BOX SCORE

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 9 - No. 4 Bowdoin 7
No. 2 Amherst 19 - No. 3 Williams 10

Finals - Sunday, May 2, 2004 at Middlebury College
No. 1 Middlebury vs. No. 2 Amherst (noon)