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Senior tri-captains Jackie Sargent, Liz Martin and Allison Aldrich accept the runner-up trophy for Amherst.

Jeffs Bow at Middlebury in NESCAC Title Game


May 2, 2004

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Third-ranked Amherst and top-ranked Middlebury squared off in the championship game of the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday, and for the fourth straight year the host Panthers came away victorious, downing the defending national champion Jeffs 13-6 on Kohn Field. Middlebury receives an automatic berth in the 2004 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship, while Amherst is expected to receive an at-large bid. Selections will be announced on Sunday night, with NCAA Regional play beginning next weekend. Middlebury will enter the tournament with a perfect 15-0 record, while Amherst sports a 14-2 mark, with both losses coming to Middlebury.

Amherst took a 1-0 lead at 24:57 with a free-position goal from Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT), who struck again at 18:52 with a bounce shot to give the Jeffs a 2-0 advantage. The lead moved to 3-0 just 25 seconds later with a tally from sophomore Caitie Parker (Bethesda, MD). That would be Amherst’s last goal for the next 33:44, as Middlebury ran off a dozen goals to take a 12-3 lead with 16:05 left in the second half.

Trailing 3-0, Kim Walker scored at the 17:55 mark with a shot that trickled into the net off the leg of Amherst goalkeeper Olivia D’Ambrosio (Farmington, CT). Nuala O’Donohoe made it a one-goal game 37 seconds later with a bounce shot, while Emily Erickson tied the contest just 15 seconds later. Claire Edelen ended the four-goal, 1:29 run with a bouncing shot at the 16:26 mark of the first half. The Panthers would score four more goals in the half to take an 8-3 lead into the halftime break.

A goal from Schuyler Winstead and a pair from O’Donohoe increased the lead to 11-3 with 16:30 remaining. Michele Bergofsky scored just 25 seconds later before Amherst broke its scoreless draught with a tally from junior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) at the 14:43 mark. Harmeling struck again to cut the lead to 12-5 before the teams exchanged the game’s final two goals.

O’Donohoe and Winstead paced the Panthers with three goals apiece, while Harmeling and Aldrich netted two apiece for the Jeffs. With her second goal, Harmeling, the reigning NESCAC and Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week, tied a school record with her 103rd point of the season. She’s now just three goals and eight assists shy of matching school records in those categories as well.

Sarah Grenert was solid between the pipes for Middlebury, making 11 saves on the afternoon. D’Ambrosio ended the day with a dozen stops for Amherst.