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Christin Ryan '04
Second-Team All-NESCAC senior co-captain Christine Ryan

Field Hockey Primed for Return to Prominence

August 25, 2003

2002 Recap
The Amherst College field hockey team closed out the 2002 season on a high note, winning its final three regular season games, including a pair of overtime victories, and qualifying for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Postseason Championship Tournament. After losing six seniors from the 2001 squad, facing once of its toughest non-conference and NESCAC schedules in years, Amherst posted a 7-8 overall record (4-5 NESCAC), and showed its overall growth with crucial late season victories over Connecticut College, Trinity College, and archrival Williams College. Despite its NESCAC Tournament first-round loss, head coach Carol Knerr was pleased with the team’s development. “The team worked very hard and improved tremendously throughout the season,” said Knerr. “Winning our last two regular season games in overtime in order to make the NESCAC Tournament was a positive way for us to end our regular season.”

Key Losses
This year’s team is without five seniors from the previous season. Losses include Second-Team STX Division III All-New England West Region forward Abby Ouimet and Second-Team All-NESCAC defender and co-captain Molly O’Connor. Also lost to graduation are the team’s third, fourth and sixth leading scorers from 2002, forward Jenna Obelsky, midfielder Katherine Ryan and defender and co-captain Carlyn Lamia.

Key Returnees
This year, senior co-captains Christine Ryan and Molly Jacobs will anchor the team’s attack and defense, respectively. Ryan was the second leading scorer for Amherst in 2002 and hopes to improve upon her Second-Team All-NESCAC performance, while Jacobs is in contention for conference recognition of her own. Senior attacker Lauren Sozio will also be returning to the team after spending the fall semester of her junior year studying abroad. Junior K.C. Cosentino, who gained valuable playing experience last season, will handle the goalkeeping. Contributions are expected from the rest of the junior class as well, including midfielders Tyler Kelly and Lauren Anderson, defenders Alicia Pichard and Emma Feinstein, and forwards Erin Leydon and Sara Harlow. Also coming into the mix will be sophomore forwards Erin O’Hare and Molly Gilbert, midfielder Katherine Skrivan, and defenders Lauren Schmale, Cassie Schifter and Sarah Rothbard. “We expect contributions from many members of this group as well as from our first-years,” said Knerr. “The team is very motivated to have a successful season.”

Schedule Highlights
Amherst opens its season against visiting Wellesley College on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m., followed by its conference opener at Tufts University on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. Non-conference highlights include key matchups against Keene State College, Smith College, Springfield College and Mt. Holyoke.