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Kaitlin Hill '06, Mary Sarro-Waite '05 & Lyn Wojcik '06
Kaitlin Hill '06 (foreground), Mary Sarro-Waite '05 (#23) and Lyn Wojcik '06 (#7) highlight an outstanding corps of returning defenders.

New Coach, Host of Returnees Bode Well for Women's Soccer

September 7, 2004

2003 RECAP
The Amherst women’s soccer team overcame a sluggish early season start and went on to earn its second NESCAC title in three years and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Jeffs dropped their season and NESCAC opener at Connecticut College, 3-1, and after a 2-1 non-conference victory over visiting Smith College, they fell to 0-2 in NESCAC play with a 2-1 loss at Tufts University. Amherst turned its season around going 8-1-2 in their final 11 games, including a seven-game unbeaten streak, to close conference play and earn the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. The Jeffs carried this streak through the tournament, avenging their early season loss to Tufts with a penalty-kick victory after playing to a scoreless double-overtime tie. They went on to upend archrival Williams College in similar fashion following a 1-1 double-overtime tie, and blanked Bates College 6-0 in the finals to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Amherst hosted Bridgewater State College in the opening round and posted a 1-0 victory with outstanding defensive play, and stretched its unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 2-1 overtime win over Endicott College in the regional semifinals. However, the run would end there as the Jeffs suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to regional host Wheaton College, ending their season at 12-4-4 (5-2-2 NESCAC).

The Jeffs lose four seniors to graduation, including tri-captains Kay Bradley, Sara Elkins and Jenny Rossman, and midfielder Alexa Lawson-Remer. Elkins was a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection in her junior campaign but was sidelined most of her final year with injuries. Rossman compiled seven goals and 24 assists in her career, while Lawson-Remer and Bradley were solid contributors throughout. All four will be sorely missed both on and off the field.

Interim head coach Jen Hughes enters her inaugural season with a host of returning starters, highlighted by First-Team All-America and NESCAC Player of the Year Ashley Harmeling ’05, who shattered a pair of single-season school records with 19 goals and 42 points last season, both tops in the NESCAC. Joining Harmeling on the attack are seniors Kate Ferris, Lee-Jay Henry and Tracy Montigny, junior Kate Biblowitz and sophomore Amy Armstrong. Montigny earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors after tallying the game-winner in a 1-0 non-league win at Mt. Holyoke College and finishing with two goals and an assist in a lopsided 6-0 win over visiting Little Three rival Wesleyan, and was the Jeffs’ second leading scorer with seven goals and five assists. Heading the midfield are seniors Adrienne Showler and Leslie Curren, junior Sarah Coleman and sophomore Lesley Pruzansky. Showler and Coleman were Amherst’s third and fourth leading scorers, respectively, and Curren and Pruzansky both contributed solid minutes throughout the NESCAC and NCAA Tournaments. Joining them in the midfield are senior Sarah Sklar-Heyn and sophomore Sarah Shea. The Jeffs return their entire outstanding defensive unit, highlighted by Second-Team All-New England selection, junior Lyn Wojcik. Joining her in the backfield are fellow junior Margaret Chute, who made the transition from forward to defense last season, and sophomore Elizabeth Foley, who started every game in her rookie campaign. Also coming back with extensive experience are seniors Mary Sarro-Waite and Shell Roberts, and juniors Allyson Heady, Kaitlin Hill, and Jessica Hootnick. Sophomore Piper Crowell returns in goal after starting every game in her rookie campaign and collecting 114 saves while allowing just 18 goals. Juniors Emily Durwood and Lauren Coape-Arnold join her in net.