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Lyn Wojcik '06
Sophomore defender Lyn Wojcik has helped limit opponents to just two goals in the last 10 games.

14th-Ranked Jeffs Set for NCAA Regional Semifinals at Wheaton

November 13, 2003

AMHERST, MA - The 14th-ranked Amherst College women’s soccer team is set to face Endicott College in the NCAA Regional Semifinals, hosted by Wheaton College Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Jeffs (11-3-4) advanced with a narrow 1-0 win over visiting Bridgewater State College on Wednesday, while Endicott (18-2-2) defeated visiting Emmanuel College in similar fashion, 1-0. Host Wheaton College, ranked No.1 in the nation at 21-1, will face the University of Maine-Farmington (17-3-1) at 11 a.m. in the other regional semifinal, and the winners will meet for the NCAA Regional Championship Sunday at 1 p.m.

Amherst’s defense led the way against Bridgewater State, posting its eighth shutout of the year and dominating possession throughout. The defensive unit, consisting of junior Mary Sarro-Waite (Bernardsville, NJ), sophomores Lyn Wojcik (E. Brookfield, MA), Margaret Chute (Pawtucket, RI), and Allyson Heady (Stony Point, NY), and first-years Elizabeth Foley (Tolland, CT) and Jeanette Crowell (San Rafael, CA), has been phenomenal, allowing only two goals during the Jeffs’ current 10-game unbeaten streak. Crowell has been outstanding in net, posting six shutouts and 107 saves in 18 appearances. Juniors Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) and Tracy Montigny (East Granby, CT) have been the main offensive weapons. Harmeling leads the team with 18 goals, a single-season school record, and Montigny has a team-best five assists, including the game-winning feed to sophomore Sarah Coleman (New Haven, CT) in their NCAA first-round victory. Coleman and junior Adrienne Showler (Ottawa, Ontario) have been similarly impressive with two goals and four assists each.

Endicott posted its first-ever win in NCAA Tournament play with Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Emmanuel, and enters Saturday’s contest riding a 12-game unbeaten streak. Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year Leah Walters (Brookline, MA) leads a high-powered offense that averages 3.41 goals per game, while the defense has allowed only eight goals during its unbeaten streak with 10 shutouts on the year.

The Jeffs blanked Endicott 6-0 in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the NCAA title game where they fell to national champion Ohio Wesleyan. In 18 NCAA Tournament games, Amherst is 12-4-2. Wheaton earned a first-round bye and the host seed after claiming the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championship. UM-Farmington advanced with a 1-0 first-round overtime win over Husson College.

2003 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Regional @ Norton, MA

Saturday, November 15, at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts
UM-Farmington (17-3-1) at Wheaton College (21-1) 11 a.m.
Amherst (11-3-4) vs. Endicott (18-2-2) 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 16 at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts
UM-Farmington/Wheaton winner vs. Amherst/Endicott winner (1 p.m.)