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Amherst rookie Alyssa Briody cemented the rout with her third and fourth goals of the season.

Harmeling, Martin Power Jeffs Past Scranton in NCAA Regional Semifinal

May 8, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Junior attacker Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) tallied 10 points on five goals and five assists, while senior tri-captain Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) scored six goals and assisted on another, as the third-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team came one step closer to defending its national championship with a lopsided 20-4 win over the visiting University of Scranton in one of two NCAA Tournament regional semifinals played on Amherst’s Hitchcock Field on Saturday. The Jeffs will take on Plymouth State University, 14-12 winners over Ithaca College in Saturday’s other regional semifinal, tomorrow at 1 p.m. with a trip to the NCAA Final Four at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY at stake.

Harmeling’s 10-point onslaught was the fourth highest single-game point total in NCAA Tournament history and helped her eclipse single-season school records for points (113, besting the previous record of 103, set by Abby Ouimet ’03) and goals (68, surpassing Martin’s 66 in 2003). She’s just three helpers shy of Ouimet’s single-season record for assists (48) as well. Martin’s six goals upped her career total to 177, just seven shy of Kristin Osborn's ’01 career mark.

Harmeling, Martin, and senior tri-captains Allison Aldrich (Cornwall, VT) and Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) each scored in the first half as the Jeffs held a commanding 8-2 lead at the break. Rookie Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) and sophomores Caitie Parker (Bethesda, MD) and Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) joined them in the scoring column in the second half, while first-years Caroline Shannon (Hanover, NH) and Dana Kuper (Denver, CO) gained valuable postseason experience with their first-ever NCAA Tournament assists.

Amherst junior Olivia D’Ambrosio (Farmington, CT) was a brick wall in net, braving 14 Scranton shots with nine saves.

First-year Jackie Messantonio (Plymouth Meeting, PA), sophomore Kelly Herlihy (Huntington Station, NY), junior Samantha Augeri (Malverne, NY) and senior Kate Pierangeli (Springfield, PA) each tallied goals for Scranton. Herlihy also dished out three assists. Sophomore goalie Courtney Enman (Long Valley, NJ) tallied 13 saves as Scranton’s season comes to an end at 14-5.

Now 15-2 on the season, Amherst improved to 13-4 all-time and 6-0 at home in NCAA Tournament play.

VIEW PHOTOS from Saturday's game, courtesy of Amherst sports information student assistant Jon Edwards '04.