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Jeffs Advance to ECAC Finals With PK Win Over Wellesley
November 4, 2000

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Junior Amherst College midfielder Cathy Poor (Harwich Port, MA) wasn't even supposed to play, let alone contribute. Sidelined by a pair of stress fractures in her left foot, Amherst's leading scorer sat out all but the final moments of Saturday's ECAC semifinal between the Jeffs and host Wellesley College, but still managed to figure in the result, converting the Jeffs' first penalty kick en route to Amherst's dramatic 4-3 win via the penalty-kick tiebreaker.

After an apparent season-ending loss to Williams College in the NESCAC quarterfinals, the Jeffs are now one win away from an ECAC championship, thanks to late heroics in their first meeting with Wellesley since 1990. Back-and-forth play during regulation produced no scoring, though both teams had their chances. Amherst nearly broke through on a couple of occasions, with shot attempts from juniors Sarah O'Keefe (West Hartford, CT) and Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY), but Wellesley goalie Elizabeth Senecal (Wellesley, MA) posted three of her five saves in regulation. Senecal's counterpart, Amherst sophomore Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), was also stellar, and the game went to - and through - overtime scoreless.

With neither team able to break through during a pair of 15-minute sudden-death overtimes, the game headed to penalty kicks, a fate the Jeffs are all-too-familiar with, after season-ending losses on PKs in the NCAA Tournament in both 1995 and 1998. This time around, however, the ball bounced in Amherst's favor, beginning with Poor, who, limp and all, trudged out to take - and make - the Jeffs' first PK. Wellesley's Nellwyn Hagan (Lyme, CT) connected on her attempt, and sophomores Katie Shipley (Newton, MA) and Shannon Mulaire (Stamford, CT) traded successful kicks for the two teams to knot the tiebreaker at two.

Putnam and Wellesley senior Co-captain Courtenay Browne (Rockville Center, NY) traded successful kicks to knot the tie-breaker at three, before Amherst rookie Jenny Rossman (Newton, MA) converted her attempt for Amherst's fourth PK. Diamond then came up with one of two huge saves, stopping a shot from Wellesley Co-captain Amanda Hoffert (Fort Collins, CO) to give Amherst a 4-3 lead going into the last round. The Jeffs left the door open for Wellesley after senior Co-captain Meg Riley (Wellesley, MA) was unable to clinch the win with her PK, but Diamond stopped a shot from sophomore Lani Lee (Demarest, NJ) to seal the victory—and a berth in Sunday's ECAC championship game.

There, the Jeffs find a familiar opponent in conference foe Bates College, the two-seed in the ECAC draw who advanced to the finals with a 1-0 victory over sixth-seeded Williams in Maine on Saturday. The Jeffs and Bobcats met on September 16 of this year, their first meeting since the NCAA Elite Eight in 1996, in a game that resulted in a 1-0 Bates win, also in Maine. Tomorrow's ECAC championship is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff in Lewiston.

Officially, the penalty-kick win goes into the books as a tie, so Wellesley, the number-one seed in this year's ECAC Tournament, finishes their 2000 campaign with a 12-4-3 mark, while Amherst improves to 10-5-2 on the year.
Saturday, November 4, 2000     1     2     1 OT     2 OT     PKs   --   F
Amherst (10-5-2)   0     0     0     0     4   --   1
Wellesley (12-4-3)   0     0     0     0     3   --   0

Scoring: none;

A - 13, W - 12;

Corner Kicks:

AC - (Brooke Diamond '03, 120 min., 0 ga), 7 saves;
WC - (Elizabeth Senecal, 120 min., 0 ga), 5 saves;