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Ashley Harmeling '05
Harmeling paced the Jeffs with a conference-record four goals in the NESCAC Championship Tournament.

Harmeling Named NESCAC Player of the Year, First-Team All-NESCAC

November 14, 2003

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College junior forward Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Soccer Player of the Year and First-Team All-NESCAC on Friday after leading the 14th-ranked Jeffs to the 2003 NESCAC Championship and their seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament. Amherst advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals with a 1-0 first-round win over visiting Bridgewater State on Wednesday and resumes tournament play Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Endicott College at regional host Wheaton.

In the midst of one of the most prolific offensive campaigns in Amherst history, Harmeling set a single-season school record with 18 goals and is just three points shy of the single-season record for points (41, set by Cathy Poor ’02 in 2001). She also leads the NESCAC in scoring with 35 points, and her 18 goals are tops in the conference. “I’ve seen Ashley score three or four goals that were absolutely tremendous and would have been spectacular at any level,” says Amherst athletic director Peter Gooding. “She’s a fine player and has helped carry the team into the postseason.”

Harmeling cemented her outstanding season with a standout performance in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, scoring the team’s lone goal in a 1-1 tie with Williams in the NESCAC semifinals, which the Jeffs won in penalty kicks, and shattering a school record with her 16th, 17th and 18th scoring strikes in a 6-0 NESCAC Championship win over Bates. Her three goals in the contest were a NESCAC Tournament record and assured the Jeffs a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Transferring from Harvard University in 2002, Harmeling was a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection as a sophomore, finishing sixth in the conference in goals per game (0.60) and ninth in points per game (1.27).