AMHERST, Massachusetts The Amherst College field hockey team received their second-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament early Monday morning, wrapping up the New England Small College Athletic Conferences (NESCAC) first-ever automatic bid to the 18-team Division III draw.
The Jeffs, whose only other NCAA Tournament bid came in 1996, finished the regular season with a 12-2 record, outscoring their 14 opponents by a combined margin of 40-8.
Leading the attack is senior Co-captain Alie Stechenberg (Longmeadow, MA), who tallied her tenth goal and seventh assist of the season on Saturday at Tufts University. Sophomore Robin Ackerman (Princeton, NJ) has also tallied six goals and three assists for the Jeffs.
Defensively, sophomore Beth Sensing (Hockessin, DE) anchors one of the nations stingiest defenses, posting a goals-against-average of 0.60, tops in the NESCAC.
With the bid, the Jeffs will travel to Saratoga Springs, New York, for Saturdays regional semifinal against the Gettysburg College Bullets at Skidmore College. Gettysburg comes in with a record of 17-3, while the Jeffs received the second seed in their regional.
The winner of Wednesdays first-round game between Susquehanna and Gwynedd-Mercy advances to meet Skidmore on Saturday in the other regional semifinal on Saturday, with the winners of those two games advancing to Sundays national quarterfinal at Skidmore.
1999 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship bracket