Molly Gilbert '06
Senior tri-captain Molly Gilbert hopes to guide the Jeffs back to the postseason after a one-year hiatus.

Field Hockey Set for 2005 Fall Slate

September 9, 2005

The Amherst field hockey team aims to recover from the loss of six seniors to graduation and three juniors who are studying abroad, and hopes to improve upon last fall's 5-8 overall record (3-6 NESCAC). The Jeffs narrowly missed a bid to the NESCAC Tournament with a season-ending 2-1 overtime loss to rival Williams College.

"There are many promising rising sophomores as well as incoming first-years," said Head Coach Carol Knerr. "Many of these players will get the chance to take over some of the open positions on the field."

Among the members of the class of 2005 was senior K.C. Cosentino, who had filled the role of starting goalie for three years, tallying 240 career saves. Also departing were stout defenders Emma Feinstein and Alicia Pichard, midfielders Tyler Kelly and Lauren Anderson and forward Erin Leydon. All six will be missed for their leadership and playing experience.

Senior tri-captain Katherine Skrivan, a 2004 All-NESCAC pick and first team STX/NFHCA All-New England West Region honoree, will lead the offense, along with junior Rachel Carr-Harris. Skrivan tallied a team-best 18 points on six goals and six assists last season, while Carr-Harris finished the season with three goals and seven assists. Fellow tri-captains Erin O'Hare and Molly Gilbert both boast significant playing experience and hope to increase their offensive contribution this fall.

Anchoring the defense is junior Amy Watson, a veteran starter for the Jeffs, while sophomore Carolyn Shea will bolster the midfield, hoping to build off an impressive rookie season, and classmate Kathleen Boucher looks to tend the cage. Also returning for the Jeffs are junior Marjorie Yano and sophomores Kira Stepanoff-Dargery, Samantha Miller, Gretchen DeLuke, Sarah Tracy, Christa Porcaro, Lauren Benson and Moriah Donelan.

First-years Caitlin Guinee, Mary Noonan and Jesse Tyma hope to help out on the offensive end, while sophomore Libby Martin and rookies Alyssa Dudzik, Louise Stevenson and Catherine Calvert will support the defense, and newcomer Jane Mostue provides solid backup in goal.

"We're definitely looking to our seniors to provide leadership on and off the field," said Knerr. "The three of them all have a lot of playing experience."

"We're looking to just work hard as a team, to gel and play together and prepare for our first game against Trinity," said Knerr. For their season-opener, the Jeffs will host NESCAC foe Trinity College Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

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