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European Trip
The Jeffs did some sightseeing in London while practicing and playing in Europe over the summer.

Six Seniors Primed to Lead Field Hockey Back to Postseason

September 8, 2004

2003 Recap
The Amherst field hockey team posted an impressive 11-5 (6-3 NESCAC) mark in 2003, ranking as high as 13th in the nation and reaching the semifinals of NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Jeffs opened their season with a six-game win streak, including conference victories over Tufts University, Bates College and then fifth-ranked and undefeated Bowdoin College. The run ended with a 3-1 loss at Mt. Holyoke College and a narrow 3-2 defeat to then fourth-ranked Middlebury College, but Amherst rebounded with back-to-back wins over Keene State College and Colby College. The Jeffs finished the regular season with two victories in their last four games, suffering overtime losses to Little Three rivals Wesleyan University and Williams College but gaining valuable momentum with a pair of decisive wins over Connecticut College and Trinity College. Their 6-3 conference record earned them the a first-round home game against fifth-seeded Colby College in the NESCAC Tournament. After a 1-0 shutout win over the White Mules, Amherst advanced to the semifinals, but fell to eventual NESCAC and NCAA runner-up Middlebury.

Key Losses
The Jeffs lose the outstanding leadership of co-captains Christine Ryan and Molly Jacobs, and fellow graduate Lauren Sozio. Jacobs, the anchor of the defense, earned Second-Team All-America, Second-Team All-New England West Region and First-Team All-NESCAC honors after leading the team with six defensive saves. Ryan finished an accomplished career with five goals and eight assists in her final campaign, earning Third-Team All-America, First-Team All-New England West Region and Second-Team All-NESCAC honors. She was also one of just four field hockey players from the NESCAC named to the Division III North Senior All-Star Team, selected by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Sozio was a solid contributor on attack and will be sorely missed.

Key Returnees
Amherst rests its hopes on the leadership and on-field experience of its six seniors. Co-captains Emma Feinstein and Alicia Pichard spearhead the defense, along with goalie K.C. Cosentino, who earned womensfieldhockey.com National Player of the Week honors after leading the Jeffs to a 3-0 win over 17th ranked Springfield College and a 2-1 overtime victory over previously undefeated and fifth-ranked NESCAC rival Bowdoin College, and was tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week and ECAC Goaltender of the Week after leading Amherst to a 2-0 start with wins over Wellesley and Tufts. Heading the midfield and offensive units are Tyler Kelly, Erin Leydon and Lauren Anderson, last seasonís third, fourth and seventh leading scorers, respectively. Also returning are junior Katherine Skrivan and sophomore Rachel Carr-Harris. Skrivan nabbed Second-Team STX/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Region honors after leading the Jeffs with seven goals last season, while Carr-Harris, a standout midfielder, returns with four goals and two assists to her credit. Sophomore Amy Watson started on defense in her rookie campaign and rounds out the returning backfield, while junior Erin OíHare hopes to make a big contribution in the midfield. Juniors Sarah Rothbard and Molly Gilbert and sophomores Lauren Dudley, Rachel Lewis, Dana Kuper, Marjorie Yano, Emily Cole and Maggie Roth return as well and will all play important roles.