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Christine Ryan '04
Ryan is second on the team with 39 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers and was a Third-Team All-America and Second-Team All-NESCAC selection in field hockey.

Harmeling Named NESCAC Player of the Year; Jeffs Place Conference-Best Five on All-NESCAC Team

May 6, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Five Amherst College women’s lacrosse players were named to the All-NESCAC first and second teams on Thursday afternoon, led by junior attacker Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA), who earned conference Player of the Year honors. In all, Amherst placed three players on the first team - Harmeling and seniors Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) and Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) - and two on the second - seniors Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) and Christine Ryan (Summit, NJ) - which was the most of any school in the conference.

In only her first season of lacrosse at Amherst, Harmeling - a two-time ECAC and NESCAC Co-Player of the Week - topped the conference in goals (63), assists (40) and points (103), while leading the third-ranked Jeffs to the NESCAC title game and the host seed in one of four NCAA Regionals this weekend. Her 103 points tied a single-season school record, and Harmeling needs just three goals and eight assists to match single-season marks in those categories as well. A three-sport standout, Harmeling was the NESCAC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-America in women’s soccer. She’s also the top women’s squash player at Amherst, finishing her junior season ranked 31st nationally in the final College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Rankings.

Aldrich, a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection last season, is Amherst’s third leading scorer with 54 points on 42 goals and 12 assists. Martin, the reigning Division III Midfielder of the Year and a First-Team All-America selection in 2003, has amassed 219 points in only three seasons at Amherst and is just 13 goals shy of the college’s career record of 184, held by Kristin Osborn ’01. Sargent, a Second-Team All-New England pick in 2003, earned National Player of the Week honors with four goals and three assists in a 13-8 win at then eighth-ranked Mary Washington College earlier this season. Meanwhile, Ryan is second on the team with 39 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers. She was also a Third-Team All-America and Second-Team All-NESCAC selection in field hockey.

Amherst opens NCAA Regional play Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against the visiting University of Scranton. The winner will advance to the regional championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. (against the winner of Saturdays’ second regional semifinal between Ithaca College and Plymouth State, also played at Amherst) with a trip to the NCAA Final Four at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. at stake. Amherst won its first-ever NCAA Championship last season with a dramatic 11-9 victory over heavily favored Middlebury College in the national title game.