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W-Soccer Earns ECAC Bid, Hosts Springfield in Wednesday Quarterfinal
October 30, 2000

AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College women's soccer team has a second life, after earning a berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament, with quarterfinal action set for Wednesday afternoon. The Jeffs, who were knocked out of the NESCAC Tournament with their 1-0 loss in the first round to arch-rival Williams College, host Springfield College in a first round game at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

The Jeffs, who finished the regular season as the Little III Champions, and fourth in the NESCAC with a 9-4-1 record overall (5-3-1 in the 11-team league), earned the fifth seed in the eight-team ECAC draw, but will host fourth-seeded Springfield due to a conflict preventing the Pride from hosting the first round game. The Pride finished their 2000 regular season with a 12-3-2 record, before knocking off Babson College in the New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) quarterfinals, and falling to Wellesley College in the NEWMAC semis.

Amherst comes into Wednesday's ECAC quarterfinal led by junior midfielder Cathy Poor (Harwich Port, MA), who scored a school-record 11 goals during the regular season, despite being limited to 11 games due to a nagging foot injury. Three Jeffs have three goals apiece behind Poor, including rookie Jenny Rossman (Newton, MA), who also has a team-high eight assists, and juniors Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) and Laura Raybould (Denville, NJ). Sophomore Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) has anchored one of the league's best defenses in goal, posting a 0.74 goals-against average.

For Springfield, a pair of sophomores--Alison Passante (Vernon, NY) and Amanda Conk (Montclair, NJ)--lead the attack, combining for 24 goals and nine assists between them. Junior Kate Biancamano (Wethersfield, CT) has a team-best eight assists in support of the sophomore duo, and rookie Laura Harwood (Longmeadow, MA) is the other squad member in double figures for scoring, with four goals and three assists. Sophomore Emily Boosahda (Bass River, MA) started 17 of Springfield's 18 games in goal, posting eight shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.92.

The two teams have met only once before, with Springfield prevailing in a 7-0 final in 1981. This year, Springfield posted an 0-1-1 record against NESCAC teams, including a 2-1 loss to Williams and a 1-1 tie against Wesleyan, while the Jeffs turned in a 2-1 record against NEWMAC teams, including 4-0 wins over Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, and a 2-1 overtime loss to Clark University.

Other quarterfinals on Wednesday have not been set yet, depending on the outcome of today's Little East Conference final between Western Connecticut State University and Keene State College. The loser of the Little East championship game will be one of the top three seeds in the ECAC draw, along with Bates and Wellesley Colleges.

Game time for Wednesday's Amherst/Springfield quarterfinal is 1:00 p.m., on Amherst's Hitchcock Field. No admission will be charged.