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Jeffs Fall 1-0 in NCAA Championship Game at Ohio Wesleyan

November 17, 2001

2001 Seniors
Seniors Cathy Poor, Heather Govern, Hallison Putnam, Laura Raybold, Sarah O'Keefe and Margaret Rubin (left to right) finished their stellar Amherst careers with a 46-15-9 overall record
DELAWARE, OH - Junior Ohio Wesleyan midfielder Katy Sturtz scored in the 38th minute of Saturday's NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Game, and the Bishop defense held off a late rally from Amherst College, holding on for a 1-0 victory and the 2001 NCAA Tournament title. The Jeffs, led by the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, senior tri-captain Cathy Poor (Harwich Port, MA), finished their best-ever season with a record of 16-5-1. Junior back Katharine Shipley (Newton, MA) and senior tri-captain Margaret Rubin (McLean, VA) join Poor on the NCAA All-Tournament Team, as Amherst's run through the 2001 postseason came up just short.

Just short would be a recurring theme on the afternoon as the Jeffs, who had the better part of play for much of the contest, would be unable to get a break. Instead, the first break in what had been a back-and-forth battle for 35 minutes came in the 38th minute, when Sturtz scored the game's only goal after a controversial non-call. After a long ball found the Ohio Wesleyan midfielder at the top of the penalty box, Sturtz used her left shoulder to help settle the ball, a play that could have been whistled as a handball. Sturtz then one-timed a spinning right-footed bender that hooked its way over Amherst junior keeper Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) into the top left corner of the net.

The remainder of the first half would see the ball rest primarily in the midfield, and Sturtz's goal, only the second first half tally allowed by the Jeffs in their last 16 games, would stand up through halftime as Amherst trailed at the break for only the second time all season.

In the second half, Amherst came out with a series of long offensive possessions, but was repeatedly unable to put together any legitimate threat. That changed, however, with a little over 15 minutes remaining in regulation when Amherst began on offensive flurry that would last until the game's waning seconds. The Jeffs' best scoring chance came early-on in the barrage when first-year striker Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) won a corner kick on Ohio Wesleyan's left wing. Sophomore midfielder Jenny Rossman (Newton, MA) drove a perfect ball to the far post where Poor, who scored the game-winner on a similar header in the Jeffs' 1-0 semifinal win over Wheaton (IL) College on Friday, sent a header that bounced off the crossbar. Two volleys later, the ball once again found the Amherst senior who lofted a turnaround left-footed chip-shot toward the top left corner, only to have it ricochet off the crossbar again before it was cleared by Ohio Wesleyan.

The Jeffs continued to threaten down the stretch but would never find as golden an opportunity, and Sturtz's first-half goal, her sixth of the tournament, remained the difference as Ohio Wesleyan captured its first women's soccer national championship and its third overall NCAA title in school history.

Poor, who finished tied with Sturtz as the tournament's leading scorer with 14 points, capped her career as Amherst's all-time leading scorer. She also shattered the College's single-season scoring record, finishing with 16 goals and nine assists for 41 points in 2001. Along with Poor and Rubin, fellow seniors Sarah O'Keefe (West Hartford, CT), Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY), Heather Govern (Beverly, MA) and Laura Raybold (Denville, NJ) finished their stellar Amherst careers with an overall record of 46-15-9. The Jeffs, who had a 10-game winning streak snapped with the loss, still finished with a school record 16 wins as the No. 2 team in the country.


Saturday, November 17, 2001

 

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Ohio Wesleyan (22-1)

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SCORING:
OW - Katy Strutz (Deborah Lochner) 37:15

GOALKEEPING:
OW - Mindy Hammond (90:00, 0 GA, 1 save); AC - Brooke Diamond (90:00, 1 GA, 4 saves)

SHOTS: OW - 11; AC - 8