Lord Jeffs Look to Climb NESCAC Ladder in 2010

Senior co-captain Tyler Tory-Murphy will help anchor
Amherst's returning defensive unit.

2009 Season Recap

The 2009 Amherst College women’s lacrosse season started off with a close 11-9 loss to Tufts University, but the team rebounded to win six of the next eight games on the schedule. On April 7, the Lord Jeffs held a 6-3 record following a 14-6 win at Wheaton, and looked primed for another run in the ultra-competitive NESCAC. The final third of the season did not finish as Amherst had hoped, but the season did not have any lack of exciting games.

Highlights of the 2009 season include a 10-9 overtime win against Springfield College, a narrow 5-4 win over Bowdoin and an 8-7 victory over NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams College. Against Springfield, Amherst trailed 8-4 in the second half, but scored the final four goals of regulation, including a game-tying tally with 17 seconds left in regulation. Amy Craig ’09 scored that late equalizer and two goals in overtime to finish the day with six goals. Against Bowdoin, the Jeffs trailed 4-3, but Craig scored the game’s final two goals to lift the Jeffs to another victory. In the win over the Ephs, Amherst took a 7-3 lead into halftime riding an eight-save half by first-year goalie Lamia Harik. The rookie netminder had her best performance of the season, tying a career-high with 14 saves, and stopping a career-high 53.8 percent of shots-faced, as Amherst pulled out the win.

2010 Season Outlook

 The Amherst Lord Jeffs graduated some of the most decorated players in program history last May, including seniors Amy Craig, Mary Noonan, Caki Guinee and Catherine Calvert. The trio of Craig, Noonan and Guinee combined to score 291 goals, while dishing out 79 assists for 370 points in their time at Amherst, while Calvert was the foundation for Amherst’s defense before missing her senior year with an injury.

Despite losing such a talented class, Amherst returns the entire starting defensive unit from last year’s lineup that led the NESCAC in caused turnovers per game. The Lord Jeffs were the only team to finish the 2009 season with over twelve caused turnovers per game (12.71), and led second place Trinity (11.43) by a convincing margin.

Senior co-captain Kathleen Scheld will once again
spark Amherst's dangerous transition game.

Spearheading the returning defensive unit are senior co-captains Tyler Tory-Murphy and Kathleen Scheld, as well as classmate Natalie Singer. Junior Liz Foye and sophomore Meredith LaRose also return as starters in the defensive end of the field. Returning to provide depth on defense are Claire Bennett, Courtney Zitin, Meaghan Tigh, and Gigi Maturo.

After stepping into the starting role as a first-year, Harik returns in net for Amherst, with sophomore hockey standout Ellen Swiontkowski joining the team this season to provide depth at the goalkeeping position.
The midfield features three of Amherst’s returning points-leaders from one year ago in sophomores Kelley Trapp (16 goals, 17 assists, 33 points) and Lindsey Moran (14-1-15) and senior Hannah Walker (6-7-13). Returning to play in front of this talented trio on attack is sophomore Allie Horwitz, who played her way into the starting lineup as a rookie last season. Julia Viani, Robyn Lightner, and Josie Fisher also return up front, and will look for an increased role this season.

Head Coach Chris Paradis returns to the sideline for her 16th season at the helm, and this spring welcomes a very large and talented class of first-years. In addition to Swiontkowski, Amherst opens its doors this spring to 10 first-years. A very athletic class, the class of 2013 includes six players who are two-sport student-athletes at Amherst.