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Poor and Diamond Tabbed Women's Soccer Verizon/CoSIDA District 1 All-Academic

January 10, 2002

Cathy Poor '02
NESCAC Player of the Year Cathy Poor has led the Jeffs in scoring in each of her four seasons
AMHERST, MA - Two key figures in Amherst College's recent run to the Division III Women's Soccer National Championship game, senior tri-captain midfielder Cathy Poor (Harwich Port, MA) and junior goalkeeper Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), were named to the Verizon District I College Division All-Academic Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. As first-team selections, both advance to the national ballot for Verizon Academic All-America consideration.

Poor and Diamond were the only first-team recipients selected from the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Bates College junior Kim Martell earned second-team honors.

A chemistry and biology major, Poor led the NESCAC in goals (16) and scoring (41 points) in 2001, earning a wealth of postseason accolades along the way, including First-Team All-NESCAC, Academic All-NESCAC, NESCAC Player of the Year, NSCAA First-Team All-Region, First-Team New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association All-New England, New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association Senior All-Star and NSCAA First-Team All-America honors. She tied for the NCAA Tournament lead with 14 points, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player and graduates as Amherst's all-time career and single-season leader in goals (41 career, 16 goals in 2001) and points (105 career, 41 points in 2001). Poor is also an All-American diver on Amherst's swimming and diving team.

Diamond - a psychology/law, jurisprudence and social thought major - led the NESCAC in goalkeeping with a 0.73 goals-against average and was a First-Team NSCAA All-Region selection. She helped anchor an Amherst defense that allowed just 20 goals in 22 games in 2001, limiting opponents to three goals in six NCAA Tournament games. Diamond is also a quad-captain forward on Amherst's women's basketball team and played goaltender for the Jeffs' 2001 women's lacrosse team, which also advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship game.

Amherst set a new single-season school record for victories in 2001 and won the NESCAC Championship Tournament, earning an automatic bid to their sixth-ever NCAA Tournament. Despite entering the postseason unranked, the Jeffs won the NCAA New England Regional, trouncing Endicott College, 6-0, in the first round, handing Wheaton (MA) College, which entered the game as the number-three team in the nation with a 20-0 record, a 4-1 loss in the regional semifinals, and capturing the regional crown with a 2-1 victory over Western Connecticut State University, then the 11th-ranked team in the nation.

From there, NSCAA/Adidas New England Coach of the Year Michelle Morgan guided the Jeffs to a 1-0 win over fourth-ranked William Smith College in the national quarterfinals and a 1-0 victory over Wheaton (IL) College in the semis to earn the College's first-ever trip to the NCAA Championship game, where they fell to national champion Ohio Wesleyan, 1-0.