Junior forward Ashley Harmeling earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for her four-goal performance at the NESCAC Tournament over the weekend.
Jeffs to host Bridgewater St. in NCAA First Round;
Harmeling Named NESCAC Player of the Week
November 10, 2003
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women’s soccer team will host Bridgewater State College Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Jeffs (10-3-4) earned an automatic bid with a 6-0 blanking of Bates College in the NESCAC title game. Bridgewater St. (9-5-3) earned its automatic bid by defeating Salem State College on penalty kicks after a 0-0 double-overtime tie in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship. Also, Amherst junior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) was named the NESCAC Player of the Week after scoring four goals in the NESCAC Tournament, highlighted by a three-goal outburst in the championship game.
Amherst started the season at 2-2-1 (0-2-1 NESCAC) but rallied to win seven of its next eight games, including five straight conference victories. The Jeffs closed their regular season by blanking their final four opponents, and extended this streak into the postseason by defeating visiting Tufts University on penalty kicks after a 0-0 double-overtime tie in the first-round of the NESCAC Tournament. Amherst rookie netminder Jeanette Crowell (San Rafael, CA) played all 110 minutes in goal, collecting seven saves and making two acrobatic penalty-kick saves in the shootout. Crowell went on to lead the Jeffs to another penalty kick win over Williams College in the semifinals. After a 1-1 double-overtime tie, she allowed only one Williams score en route to a 3-1 shootout victory. She then helped lead the Jeffs to their seventh shutout of the year in the 6-0 NESCAC Championship win over Bates.
Crowell was a key member of the Amherst defense, posting five shutouts with 99 saves in 17 games. The defense allowed only 14 goals on the year and just two in their last nine games. Junior Mary Sarro-Waite (Bernardsville, NJ), sophomores Lyn Wojcik (E. Brookfield, MA), Margaret Chute (Pawtucket, RI), and Allyson Heady (Stony Point, NY), and first-year Elizabeth Foley (Tolland, CT) have been instrumental in the Amherst backfield’s success.
Harmeling, a forward, leads the Jeffs with a school record 18 goals, and is just three points shy of the single-season scoring record set by Cathy Poor ’02 in 2001. Juniors Tracy Montigny (East Granby, CT) and Adrienne Showler (Ottawa, Ontario), and sophomore Sarah Coleman (New Haven, CT) have been the main distributors for Amherst with four assists each, while senior tri-captain Jenny Rossman (Newton, MA) has dished out three assists, including one to Harmeling last Sunday for her school record breaking 17th goal.
The NCAA berth is the seventh all-time for the Jeffs, who had five-consecutive berths in the mid-1990s, including a trip to the Final Four in 1996. They advanced to the NCAA Championship game in 2001, where they fell to Ohio Wesleyan, 1-0. In 17 NCAA Tournament games, the Jeffs are 11-4-2.
Bridgewater St., which won its fourth MASCAC title over the weekend, makes its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears defeated Western New England College in the opening round last season before falling at Wheaton College 1-0 in the regional semifinals.
Senior co-captain Kimberly Rhodes (Marshfield, MA) leads the Bears with a team-best nine goals and 11 assists. Rhodes holds the single-season assist record at Bridgewater St. with 12, and broke the career assist record this season with 33. Junior midfielder Michelle Rhodes (Marshfield, MA) is second in scoring with five goals and an assist, while sophomores Heather Fredette (Westminster, MA) and Jennifer Brogan (Waltham, MA) have four goals and three assists each. Senior goalkeeper Maura Cacciatore (Waltham, MA) has started 15 games, boasting seven shutouts, 91 saves and a save percentage of .892.
The winner of Wednesday’s first-round pairing will face the winner of Emmanuel College (the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Champion) and Endicott College (the Commonwealth Coast Conference Champion) in the regional semifinals, to be held at Wheaton College in Norton, MA Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The winner of Husson College, the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) runner-up, and University of Maine-Farmington, the NAC Champion, will face NCAA Regional host Wheaton College (the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Champion) in the other regional semifinal on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Saturday’s semifinal winners will meet for the regional title at Wheaton on Sunday at 1p.m., with the winner advancing to the Elite Eight the following weekend.
Ticket prices will be released later by the Amherst College athletic department, and any media personnel seeking credentials should contact Kevin Graber, Amherst’s Sports Information Director, at 413/542-2390.
2003 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Regional @ Norton, MA
Wednesday, November 12
University of Maine-Farmington (16-3-1) at Husson College (12-5-3), 1 p.m.
Bridgewater St. College (9-5-3) at Amherst College (10-3-4), 1 p.m.
Emmanuel College (Mass.) (12-6-2) at Endicott College (17-2-2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts
Husson/Me.-Farmington winner at #1 Wheaton College (21-1), 11 a.m.
Amherst/Bridgewater St. winner vs. Emmanuel/Endicott winner, 1:30 p.m.