Rachel Carr-Harris '07 is ready to lead the Jeffs into action in 2006 as a co-captain this fall.
Jeffs Field Hockey Primed for Fall Action
September 8, 2006
The Amherst College field hockey team looks to improve on a 2005 season that had many highlights and some solid play from first and second year players. The Jeffs faced top competition last season and posted a 5-9 record (2-7 NESCAC), against a schedule that included four teams finishing in the nations top-15. Amherst started last season firing on all cylinders as they quickly rolled off three straight victories and moved to the top of the NESCAC leaderboard with a 2-0 conference record. This winning streak included a shutout win against visiting conference rival Trinity College and a 2-1 road win at Bates College. In 2005 the Amherst field hockey team was once again privileged with National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) Division III National Academic Team honors, which recognizes collegiate programs with a combined GPA of 3.0 of higher.
The Jeffs lose three distinguished student athletes to graduation in tri-captains Katherine Skrivan, Molly Gilbert and Erin O’Hare. Skrivan graduates with 40 career points in 58 games played. In 2005, the Dartfish/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Region selection committee honored Skrivan for the third straight year, and while graduating with Academic All-NESCAC honors. Senior forward Molly Gilbert was a top NESCAC athlete finishing with top-25 rankings in assists per game (0.21), goals per game (0.36) and points per game (0.93). Additionally, Gilbert was selected as an individual to the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad. O’Hare was a solid contributor both as a forward and midfielder, having career numbers in 2005 in every offensive statistical category. The Amherst class of 2006 will be sorely missed for the contributions they have made to the program over the last four seasons.
The 2006 Amherst field hockey squad will be led into action by a duo of senior captains and all-region players in Amy Watson and Rachel Carr-Harris. Watson, a decorated student athlete, and three-year starter was recognized for her solid play and was honored as a Second-Team Dartfish/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Region and Second-Team All-NESCAC selection. Carr-Harris was recognized alongside Watson on both these squads and also finished last season ranked 13th in the NESCAC in assists per game (0.29). Leading a junior class of five returning players is goalie Kathleen Boucher. Boucher finished tied for fourth in the NESCAC in saves per game (8.21) and shutouts (3). Returning classmates include Kira Stepanoff-Dargery, Sarah Tracy, Christa Porcaro and Lauren Benson. Porcaro wrapped up last season ranked 10th in the NESCAC with 0.36 assists per game. Together, the class of 2008 forms a solid foundation for the Amherst field hockey team to build on. Also returning are second year contributors Caki Guinee, Alyssa Dudzik, Louise Stevenson, Jesse Tyma and goalie Jane Mostue.
Six-year head coach Carol Knerr welcomes eight new faces to the field this fall, and is excited about the group’s potential contributions. Christina Hopkins, Molly Malloy, Sarah Conway, Hannah Walker, Liz Tepe and Haley Douds hope to help on the offensive end and the midfield, while Tyler Tory-Murphy and Tierney Healey look to contribute on defense.