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2001 Archived Women's Soccer Stories

Jeffs to Face William Smith in NCAA "Elite Eight"
November 5 - After their second dramatic double-overtime win in seven days, the Amherst women's soccer team is one win away from a berth in the NCAA Final Four, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Western Connecticut in Sunday's Regional Championship game at Wheaton College. The Jeffs, who received both goals, including the game-winner 3:04 into the second sudden-death overtime from senior tri-captain Cathy Poor, will meet William Smith College (17-1-1), champions of the New York region, in Saturday's NCAA National Quarterfinals at William Smith in Geneva, New York at noon. Full Story

Poor Leads Jeffs Past Western Conn. in NCAA Regional Championship Game
November 4 - Senior Cathy Poor finished a cross from first-year Tracy Montigny 3:04 into the second sudden-death overtime to lift the Amherst women's soccer team to a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory over Western Connecticut State University in Sunday's NCAA Division III regional championship game at Wheaton College. In next weekend's national quarterfinals, the Jeffs will face William Smith College, who advanced to the Elite Eight on penalty kicks in the New York regional championship game against Union College. Full Story

W-Soccer Stuns Wheaton, 4-1, in NCAA Regionals
November 3 - First-year Amherst striker Lee-Jay Henry scored 23 seconds into the second half, and classmate Tracy Montigny added a pair of goals after intermission, as the women's soccer team shocked previously-unbeaten host Wheaton College, 4-1, in Saturday's NCAA Regional Semifinals. The Jeffs, who also received a goal from sophomore Sara Elkins, will face Western Connecticut State University, 2-1 overtime victors over Williams in Saturday's second semifinal, in Sunday's noon regional championship game at Wheaton. Full Story

Jeffs Set for NCAA Regional Semifinals at Wheaton
November 1 - With a decisive 6-0 victory over Endicott on Wednesday, the Amherst women's soccer team advanced to Saturday's NCAA regional semifinals, where they will face Wheaton College, the number-three team in the nation, in an 11:00 a.m. kick-off at Wheaton in Norton, MA. Williams College, 9-0 victors over Framingham State College in Wednesday's other first-round game in the New England regional, will face Western Connecticut State University in Saturday's nightcap, with the two Saturday winners meeting for the New England regional title and a berth in the Elite Eight Sunday afternoon at Wheaton. Full Story

Poor, Montigny & Rossman Lead Jeffs Past Endicott in NCAA Regional, 6-0
October 31 - NESCAC Player of the Year Cathy Poor scored a pair of goals and assisted on three others as Amherst blanked visiting Endicott, 6-0, in the first-round of NCAA Women's Soccer New England Regional on Wednesday. First-year phenom Tracy Montigny added a goal and two assists for Amherst, while sophomore midfielder Jenny Rossman chipped in with two goals, including the game-winner 12:29 into the first half. With the win, Amherst advances to the NCAA second round this Saturday at Wheaton College. Full Story

Poor, Shipley & Putnam Earn NESCAC Honors
October 30 - Senior tri-captain Cathy Poor was named the NESCAC Women's Soccer Player of the Year on Tuesday, after leading the Jeffs to the 2001 NESCAC Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Poor, who has a team and career-high 27 points in Amherst's first 16 games, joins fellow tri-captain Hallison Putnam and junior back Katharine Shipley on the all-conference team. Full Story

Montigny Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week
October 29 - Amherst first-year striker Tracy Montigny was named the NESCAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week on Monday, after leading the Jeffs to the NESCAC Tournament Championship with four goals and two assists - including the second-overtime game-winner in Sunday's title game at arch-rival Williams College - in three tournament games. The Jeffs (11-4-1), who sealed their sixth-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and their first since 1998, will host Endicott College (16-5), champions of the Commonwealth Coast Conference, in Wednesday's First Round at 1:00 p.m. on Amherst's Hitchcock Field. Full Story

W-Soccer to Host Endicott in NCAA First-Round
October 29 - After a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory at archrival Williams College in Sunday afternoon's NESCAC Championship game, the Amherst College women's soccer team received its sixth-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament late Sunday evening, where it will host Endicott College, champions of the Commonwealth Coast Conference, in a 1 p.m. first-round game Wednesday afternoon on Hitchcock Field. Full Story

W-Soccer Wins NESCAC Championship With 2-1 OT Thriller at Williams
October 28 - First-year Amherst striker Tracy Montigny finished a deflection off a header from senior tri-captain Margaret Rubin with 1:44 remaining in the second sudden-death overtime to lift the Jeffs to a heart-stopping 2-1 victory over archrival Williams College in the championship game of the NESCAC Women's Soccer Tournament Sunday at Williams. With the win, Amherst spoiled the Ephs' perfect 14-0 record and guaranteed themselves a bid in the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Tournament, with seedings and pairings to be released later Sunday night. Full Story

W-Soccer Headed for NESCAC Championship, Downs Middlebury, 5-1
October 27 - The Amherst women's soccer team scored five times over the game's final 24 minutes - including a pair of goals each by senior tri-captain Cathy Poor and first-year striker Tracy Montigny - en route to a 5-1 win over Middlebury College in the NESCAC Tournament semifinals Saturday at Williams College. The Jeffs will play top-seeded host Williams Sunday at noon in the NESCAC Championship game with an automatic bid to the Division III NCAA National Championship Tournament at stake. Full Story

Jeffs Set for NESCAC Final Four
October 24 - Top-seeded Williams College will host NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship Tournament semifinals and finals this weekend at Cole Field with semifinal play on Saturday and the title game on Sunday. In Saturday's second semifinal at 1:30 p.m., second-seeded and defending NESCAC champion Middlebury College (11-4-0) meets third-seeded Amherst College (9-4-1). First-year striker Lee-Jay Henry scored two goals in a 69-second span to lead Amherst to a 3-1 first-round victory over Tufts. Full Story

W-Soccer Advances to NESCAC Semis with 3-1 Win Over Tufts
October 21 - First year striker Lee-Jay Henry scored twice in 59 seconds midway through the second half to lead the third seeded Amherst College women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over sixth-seeded Tufts University in Sunday's NESCAC Championship Tournament quarterfinals at Bates College. First-year striker Tracy Montigny added a goal and two assists for Amherst, who will face second-seeded Middlebury in next Saturday's semifinals at top-seeded Williams College. Full Story

Women's Soccer Overcomes Wesleyan, 2-1
October 20 - Cathy Poor (Harwich Port, MA) followed up a shot by Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) and scored halfway through the second half to give the Amherst College women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Wesleyan University in Saturday's Homecoming game. The win gives Amherst the No. 3 seed in the NESCAC Tournament where the Jeffs will play No. 6-seeded Tufts in the quarterfinals at Bates on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Full Story

Jeffs Whallop Mt. Holyoke, 9-0
October 18 - Nine different players cracked the scoring column - including first-year back Kate Ferris, who notched the first goal and assist of her college career while helping preserve the shutout on defense - as the Amherst College women's soccer team improved to 7-4-1 with a lopsided 9-0 win at non-league foe Mt. Holyoke College on Thursday afternoon. Full Story

Jeffs Clinch Spot in NESCAC Tournament
October 17 - The women's soccer team has guaranteed itself a spot in the seven-team NESCAC Championship Tournament, for which dates and times were announced this morning by the NESCAC. Williams College - which boasts an 8-0 record in conference play with one game remaining - earned the top seed and the honor of hosting the semifinals on Saturday, October 27, as well as the championship game on Sunday, October 28. First-round action will take place this Sunday, October 21, at Bates College's Russell Street and Leahey Fields. Full Story

Jeffs Blanked at No. 11 Williams, 2-0
October 13 - The Amherst women's soccer team fell victim to 11th ranked Williams College on Saturday, 2-0, in Williamstown. Sophomore Claire Samuel scored two second half goals for the host Ephs as they improved to a sparkling 10-0 overall and 7-0 in NESCAC play, clinching the outright Little Three Championship for the first time since 1998. Full Story

Henry Leads Jeffs Past Tufts, 2-1
October 9 - First-year Lee-Jay Henry notched the game winner in the 79th minute to lift a skillful Amherst side past Tufts in an important NESCAC women's soccer match Tuesday afternoon in Medford. Henry's second goal of the season was a result of some clever play through the Lord Jeff midfield and a sweet assist from senior midfielder Sarah O'Keefe. Full Story

Women's Soccer Succumbs to Middlebury, 2-1
October 6 - The Amherst College women's soccer team couldn't overcome a two-goal deficit as the Jeffs lost to Middlebury College on Saturday, 2-1. Amherst's record falls to 5-3-1 (3-2-1 NESCAC), while Middlebury improves to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in NESCAC play. Full Story

Women's Soccer Blanks Mass. College, 9-0
October 3 - The Amherst women's soccer team got back on track with a 9-0 blowout win over visiting non-league foe Mass. College on Wednesday. Senior Hallison Putnam - thrust into the goalkeeper slot for the recuperating Brooke Diamond earlier in the season - scored a pair of goals in her first game back in the Amherst midfield. Diamond made a triumphant return in goal and notched her second shutout of the season. Full Story

Women's Soccer Plays Bowdoin to a 0-0 Draw
September 29 - The Amherst College women's soccer team exerted some strong offensive pressure in Saturday's game with conference foe Bowdoin College, but came away empty-handed with a 0-0 double-overtime tie, dropping the Jeffs to 4-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in NESCAC play. Full Story

No. 19 Women's Soccer Blanked By Springfield, 3-0
September 27 - Visiting Springfield College connected three times on its first three shots of the game during a five-minute span late in the first half - including a pair of goals by junior forward Amanda Conk (Montclair, NJ) - to hand 19th ranked Amherst College a 3-0 loss in a non-conference women's soccer matchup on Thursday. It was the Jeffs' second straight defeat after a 2-1 loss to visiting NESCAC rival Trinity College on Tuesday, falling to 4-2 overall, while Springfield improved to 6-1. Full Story

Women's Soccer Suffers First Loss, 2-1, to Trinity
September 25 - The Amherst College women's soccer team succumbed to an upstart Trinity College squad on Tuesday, losing its first game of the season, 2-1, and falling to 4-1 (3-1 NESCAC). First-year striker Tracy Montigny scored her fourth goal of the season, on an assist from senior tri-captain Cathy Poor. Full Story

Women's Soccer Remains Undefeated with 2-1 OT-Win at Conn. College
September 22 - Amherst College women's soccer first-year Tracy Montigny (East Granby, CT) rebounded her own miss in the 109th minute to lift the visiting Jeffs to a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind overtime victory at host Connecticut College on Saturday. With the win, the Jeffs improved to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in NESCAC play heading into Tuesday's conference showdown with Trinity College. Full Story

Women's Soccer 3-0 After 4-2 Win at ECSU
September 19 - The Amherst women's soccer team scored twice in an 11-minute span early in the match and held on for its third straight win, a 4-2 decision at non-league foe Eastern Connecticut State University on Wednesday in a battle of regionally-ranked teams. Amherst (3-0), ranked third in New England, scored twice to take a 2-0 lead into the 15th minute on goals by Cathy Poor and Lee Jay Henry and extended the lead to 3-0 with a goal by Sara Elkins in the 28th minute. Full Story

Women's Soccer Cruises Past Bates 2-0 in Season-Opener
September 15 - Senior tri-captain Cathy Poor netted her second goal in as many games in the sixth minute, and fellow tri-captain Hallison Putnam posted six saves in her first-ever game as a goalkeeper, as the women's soccer team stormed past visiting Bates College, 2-0, in Saturday's home opener on Amherst's Hitchcock Field. Full Story

Women's Soccer Blanks Colby in Season-Opener, 2-0
September 9 - The Amherst College women's soccer team waited until late in the game to crack the scoring column but did so twice in the second half en route to a 2-0 season-opening win at NESCAC-rival Colby College on Sunday. Junior Amherst goalkeeper Brooke Diamond notched a trio of saves for her 20th career shutout, while first-year Leslie Curren scored the game-winner in her collegiate debut, assisted by senior tri-captain Margaret Rubin. Full Story

2001 Women's Soccer Season Preview
August 31 - Last season's youth-laden club has evolved into a tournament-tested team of experienced veterans - led by senior tri-captains Cathy Poor and Hallison Putnam on offense and Margaret Rubin on defense - as the defending ECAC Champion women's soccer team enters its second season of formal NESCAC play. Full Story


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