Women's Lax Wins NESCAC Title
May 2, 2004
5/2/04 - Middlebury won its fourth consecutive NESCAC Championship over Amherst, this time by a final score of 13-6 on Kohn Field. The Panthers receive an automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, while Amherst is expected to receive an at-large bid. Selections will be announced on Sunday night, with the NCAA Regionals beginning next weekend. Middlebury will enter the tournament with a perfect 15-0 record, while Amherst sports a 14-2 mark, with both losses coming to Middlebury.
Amherst took a 1-0 lead at 24:57 with a free position goal from Allison Aldrich. The Cornwall, Vermont native struck again at 18:52 with a bounce shot to give the Jeffs a 2-0 advantage. The lead moved to 3-0 just 25 seconds later with a tally from Caitie Parker. That would be Amherst's last goal for the next 33:44 of play, as Middlebury ran off a dozen goals to take a 12-3 lead with 16:05 left in the second half.
Trailing 3-0, Kim Walker scored at the 17:55 mark with a shot that trickled into the net off the leg of Amherst goalkeeper Olivia D'Ambrosio. Nuala O'Donohoe made it a one-goal game 37 seconds later with a bounce shot, while Emily Erickson tied the contest just 15 seconds later. Claire Edelen ended the four-goal, 1:29 run with a bouncing shot at the 16:26 mark of the first half. The Panthers would score four more goals in the half to take an 8-3 lead into the halftime break.
A goal from Schuyler Winstead and a pair from O'Donohoe increased the lead to 11-3 with 16:30 remaining. Michele Bergofsky scored just 25 seconds later before Amherst broke its scoreless draught with a tally from Ashley Harmeling at the 14:43 mark. Harmeling struck again to cut the lead to 12-5 before the team's exchanged the game's final two goals.
O'Donohoe and Winstead paced the Panthers with three goals apiece, while Harmeling and Aldrich netted two apiece for the Jeffs. Sarah Grenert was solid for Middlebury, making 11 saves on the afternoon. D'Ambrosio ended the day with a dozen stops for Amherst.
Date: May 2, 2004 - 12:00 p.m
Venue: Kohn Field - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 OT F
Amherst (14-2) 3 3 - 6
Middlebury (15-0) 8 5 - 13
Middlebury Scoring: Nuala O'Donohoe 3-1, Schuyler Winstead 3-1, Elizabeth Renehan 2-1, Kim Walker 2-0, Michele Bergofsky 1-1, Emily Erickson 1-0, Claire Edelen 1-0.
Amherst Scoring: Ashley Harmeling 2-0, Allison Aldrich 2-0, Liz Martin 1-0, Caitie Parker 1-0.
M-Sarah Grenert (60 min., 11 saves, 6 GA)
A-Olivia D'Ambrosio (60 min., 12 saves, 13 GA)