Poor & Riley Tabbed All-ECAC|
December 12, 2000
AMHERST, MA - Women's soccer players Cathy Poor (Harwich Port, MA/Deerfield Academy) and Meg Riley (Wellesley, MA/Milton Academy), who led the Jeffs to their first-ever ECAC Championship with a 3-2 triple-overtime victory at Bates College on Nov. 5, were tabbed Division III All-New England Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
|Senior Meg Riley (left)|
Poor, a junior, nabbed first-team All-Region honors after leading Amherst in scoring for the third straight season with a school-record 11 goals, including three multiple-goal games, despite playing just 13 games due to injury. Just the third player in school-history with 25 career goals, Poor was the sixth leading scorer in the New England Small College Athletic Conference and a First-Team All-NESCAC and NESCAC All-Academic selection.
In fitting climax to a trying season, Poor wasn't supposed to play, let alone contribute, in the Jeffs' dramatic run to the ECAC Championship in November. Sidelined by a pair of stress fractures in her left foot, Amherst's leading scorer sat out all but the final moments of the Jeffs' ECAC semifinal against Wellesley College on Nov. 4, but still managed to figure in the result, converting the Jeffs' first penalty kick en route to a 4-3 win via penalty-kick tiebreaker.
"She's been the key player for us and her expectations are very high, not only for herself but also for the team," said Amherst Head Coach Michelle Morgan. "She's comparable to some of the best players we've ever had here."
Meanwhile, Riley was a Second-Team All-Region pick after anchoring one of New England's best defenses for the better part of four seasons. The senior co-captain, who started all but one of the Jeffs' 49 games during her last three seasons, recorded a pair of assists during the 2000 campaign, to go along with three assists as a junior, and a three-goal, one-assist campaign as a rookie in 1997.
Amherst finished its regular season as the Little III Champions (decided annually between Amherst, Wesleyan University and Williams College) and fourth in the NESCAC with a 9-4-1 overall record (5-3-1 in the 11-team league), earning the fifth seed in the eight-team ECAC draw. The Jeffs then swept through the ECAC Tournament with victories over Springfield College, Wellesley and Bates, posting a win in their final game for the first time since 1984.