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Amherst junior defender Laura Brown earned her first all-conference award on Wednesday.

Amherst's Harmeling, Briody, Brown Claim Women's Lacrosse All-NESCAC Honors

May 11, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior midfielder Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) added to her already distinguished list of women’s lacrosse awards on Wednesday, earning First-Team All-NESCAC honors for the second straight season, while sophomore attacker Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) and junior defender Laura Brown (Bethesda, MD) received their first career all-conference awards, taking home second-team plaudits.

With 60 points on 42 goals and 18 assists, Harmeling currently stands third in the conference in points per game and goals per game and ranks sixth in assists per game. She also leads the team in ground balls (37) and forced turnovers (41) and ranks second in draw controls (35). Harmeling took home back-to-back Division III National Player of the Week and NESCAC Player of the Week honors for the periods ending April 4 and April 11, racking up 18 goals and seven assists in just four games, including four goals and four assists in a conference-opening victory at archrival Williams.

As a junior, Harmeling led the NESCAC in goals (75), assists (52) and points (127), shattering single-season school records in all three categories and finishing second in the nation in scoring (6.68 pts/gm), sixth in assists (2.74/gm) and 11th in goals (3.95/gm). She earned a bevy of postseason awards, including Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Attacker of the Year, First-Team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America, First-Team All-America, ECAC New England Player of the Year and NESCAC Player of the Year. She also nabbed First-Team IWLCA All-New England, First-Team ECAC New England All-Star and First-Team All-NESCAC honors and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after leading Amherst to its fourth consecutive trip to the Division III Final Four.

Briody has had a breakout season, piling up 54 points on 32 goals and a team-high 22 assists. She stands third in the conference in assists per game and fourth in points per game and earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for the period ending April 18, combining for nine goals and three assists in a pair of conference victories. She tallied five goals and two assists in a 15-8 win over Connecticut College and followed with four goals, including the game-winner, and an assist a 12-11 victory over Wesleyan.

Brown has anchored a defense that has relinquished just 9.28 goals and 19.7 shots per game. She leads the defense in most statistical categories including ground balls (33), forced turnovers (34) and minutes played (717). As a sophomore, Brown started all 19 games, tied for third on the team in caused turnovers (29), ranked fourth in ground balls (44) and had the fewest turnovers of any starter (five).

Amherst is ranked fourth in the nation at 12-3 and was awarded an at-large berth and first-round bye in its fifth straight NCAA Tournament. The Jeffs will face No. 13 Washington & Lee University on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at top-ranked regional host Salisbury University. Amherst finished as the NESCAC runner-up as well, reaching the conference tournament championship game, but falling to defending national champion Middlebury College.