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Scotty Hanley '06
Sophomore Scotty Hanley scored her second goal of the tournament on Saturday.

Jeffs Fall to Middlebury in National Semifinals

May 15, 2004

ROCHESTER, NY - The third-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team fell to top-ranked Middlebury College 13-9 on Saturday at the NCAA Division III National Semifinals, hosted by St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. The Panthers outshot the Jeffs 34-23, including a 20-9 first-half advantage, and will face the second-ranked College of New Jersey, which bested Salisbury University 14-9 in the first semifinal matchup, in the national title game tomorrow (Sunday) at 1 p.m.

Defense dominated early, but Middlebury broke the scoreless tie after five minutes of play as junior Caitlin McCormick (Plymouth, MA) capitalized on an Amherst offsides penalty and went the length of the field for an unassisted score. The Panthers doubled their lead just 41 seconds later as sophomore Michele Bergofsky (Exeter, NH) found classmate Elizabeth Renehan (St. Davids, PA), and they pushed the lead to 3-0 on a free-position shot from first-year Claire Edelen (Sparks, MD).

Junior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) got the Jeffs on the board at the 8:34-mark as she curled from behind the net on the left side and slipped an unassisted score just inside the left post. Senior Nuala O’Donohue (Needham, MA) regained Middlebury’s three-goal edge with a free-position goal and scored again off a feed from Renehan to increase the lead to 5-1. Middlebury first-year Kim Walker (Ridgewood, NJ) tacked on another score on a free-position shot at the 17:03-mark.

Harmeling found sophomore Caitie Parker (Bethesda, MD) slashing to the goal for Amherst’s second score, but Walker netted her second unassisted tally of the day with just under 10 minutes left in the half. O’Donohue continued to score on a free-position shot to complete the hat trick, and assisted on a goal by Edelen with 4:24 left in the frame to push the lead to 9-2. Amherst sophomore Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) netted a score off a feed from Harmeling with just 14 seconds left to cut the Panther’s lead to six at the intermission.

Walker netted an unassisted tally just over four minutes into the second half, but Amherst senior tri-captain Jackie Sargent (Concord, MA) netted an unassisted score at the 7:50-mark. Middlebury responded as sophomore Schuyler Winstead (Chevy Chase, MD) took a pass from Bergofsky on a free-position attempt. Harmeling fired a bullet into the top of the net halfway through the session for her second goal of the game, but the Panthers answered with an unassisted goal from Renehan, and followed with another unassisted score from O’Donohue.

Amherst rallied in the final ten minutes with four consecutive scores. Senior tri-captain Liz Martin (Baltimore, MD) netted a pair of unassisted tallies, while Sargent and Harmeling each found the net once. However, Middlebury managed to maintain possession down the stretch and hold on for the victory.

O’Donohue had four goals and an assist to lead Middlebury, while Walker posted a trio of goals, and Renehan and Edelen each netted two. Senior Sarah Grenert (Sewickley, PA) was credited with eight stops in goal.

Harmeling led the Jeffs with three goals and two assists. She finishes the tournament tied for first all-time for assists in an NCAA Division III Tournament (13) and tied for second in points (24). She also ranks seventh in Division III history with 127 points this season, and tied for 16th with 52 assists. Her totals in goals (75), assists (52) and points (127) all smashed Amherst single-season records. Martin’s pair of scores gave her 34 career tournament goals, finishing tied for seventh all-time, and her 14 goals in this year’s tournament ranks 13th all-time. She shattered the school record for career goals with her 185th tally at Amherst, and is fifth in NCAA Division III history with 270 career goals, taking into account an 85-goal season as a freshman at Goucher College. She also finishes 11th in NCAA Division III history with 338 career points.

Sargent netted two goals as well for the Jeffs and Parker and Hanley had one each. Junior goalie Olivia D’Ambrosio (Farmington, CT) collected eight saves as Amherst finishes its season at 16-3.