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Molly Jacobs '04
Jacobs was instrumental in an Amherst defense that posted four shutouts and held opponents to one goal or less in eight out of 16 games.

Amherst's Jacobs, Ryan Named Field Hockey All-NESCAC

November 13, 2003

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior co-captains Molly Jacobs (Providence, RI/Lincoln School) and Christine Ryan (Summit, NJ/Kent Place) were each named to the 2003 NESCAC Field Hockey All-Conference Team on Thursday. Jacobs, a first-team selection, paced the Jeffs with six defensive saves, while Ryan, a second-team pick for the second straight season, led the team with 18 points on five goals and eight assists.

Jacobs was instrumental in an Amherst defense that posted four shutouts and held opponents to one goal or less in eight out of 16 games. She finished the season 20th in the nation in defensive saves per game (0.375), and her lone assist came on the game-winning goal in a dramatic 3-2 win over then 19th-ranked Colby College.

Ryan finished the season sixth in the conference in assists per game (0.50) and tied for 15th in points per game (1.13). She was a Second-Team All-NESCAC and Second-Team STX/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Region selection as a junior, tying for the team lead in scoring with eight points on three goals and two assists. As a sophomore, Ryan was Amherst’s third leading scorer with 14 points on five goals and four assists, as the Jeffs advanced to the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament title game. She was one of just four players from the NESCAC named to the Division III North Senior All-Star Team, selected by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Selected student-athletes will participate in the 2003 NFHCA Division III North/South Senior All-Star Game on Saturday, November 22 at 10 a.m. at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Penn.

Amherst opened the season with a six-game winning streak en route to an 11-5 overall record. At 6-5 in conference play, the Jeffs earned the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, where they edged fifth-seeded Colby 1-0 before falling to top-seeded Middlebury 3-0.