Six Jeffs Named IWLCA All-Region

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Meredith LaRose '12
Claire Bennett '12
Lamia Harik '12
Marta Randall '13
Allie Horwitz '12
Alex Philie '14
AMHERST, Mass. - Six members of the seventh-ranked Amherst women’s lacrosse team earned IWLCA All-Berkshire region accolades after helping the Jeffs to a 13-5 overall mark and the program’s first NCAA Championship berth since 2008.

Meredith LaRose ’12 (Cranford, N.J.) picked up her third-consecutive All-Region honor, joining teammates Allie Horwitz ’12 (Woodbridge, Conn.), Marta Randall ’13 (Monkton, Md.), Alex Philie ’14 (East Sandwich, Mass.) and Lamia Harik ’12 (Rye Brook, N.Y.) on the first team, while Claire Bennett ’12 (Westfield, N.J.) garnered second team recognition.

Helping to solidify a unit that finished the season ranked first in the NESCAC and third nationally in scoring defense (6.38), LaRose and Bennett played an integral role in Amherst’s success this season. Consistently holding teams well below their scoring averages, the Jeff defense kept #8 Colby to its second lowest scoring output in 2012 (7), while limiting #15 Tufts to just four scores.

Holding #6 Middlebury, the league’s highest scoring offense (13.26), to two of its three lowest goal totals this season, Amherst also held #5 Trinity, the conference’s second most potent attack (12.45), to its lowest output of the year (6).

Leading the team in both ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (28), LaRose served as one of the team’s tri-captains in 2012, while Bennett started all 18 games, finishing the year among the squad’s leaders in both categories (28 GB, 22 CT).

Benefiting from Amherst’s top-ranked defense, Harik had a career year between the pipes, finishing with a single-season best 13 wins. Ranked fourth in the NESCAC in save percentage (.472), she topped the league while sitting second nationally in goals-against average (6.32).

Beginning with a 13 save effort against Tufts, Harik has been especially tough down the stretch, raising her save percentage by nearly 30 points over the team’s final eight games, while dropping her GAA to a career-low. One of the team’s most decorated netminders, she finishes her career with a 34-20 overall record thanks to a .481 save percentage and 7.45 GAA.

Serving as one of the catalysts to the Jeff attack all season, Randall earned her second, first team All-Berkshire nod after leading the team with a career high 47 points and 45 goals. Scoring in all but one game this season, she netted a season-high six tallies against Wesleyan and Skidmore, while notching six scores in the team’s four postseason contests.

Enjoying a banner season, Horwitz provided Amherst with another consistent option up top, ranking second in the team in several offensive categories, including points (43), goals (31) and assists (12). Held scoreless in the team’s season opener against Colby, Horwitz has recorded a point in every other outing, closing out the year with eight points during the Jeffs’ four-game postseason run.

A two-time first team All-Region selection, Horwitz wraps up a decorated four-year career as one of the program’s most productive attackers. In 63 appearances, the Woodbridge, Conn. native has amassed 118 points on 89 goals and 29 assists.

Nabbing her second first-team All-Region honor, Philie has been a threat on both sides of the ball, ranking third on the Jeffs in points (34) and goals (29), while sitting second in ground balls (33) and caused turnovers (25). Leading the NESCAC in draw controls (74), she has often helped Amherst go on the offensive, having scored in 14 of the team’s 18 games.

Especially effective this postseason, she racked up four points on three goals and an assist during the NESCAC Championship, before erupting for eight scores in a pair of NCAA Championship games against Keene State and The College of New Jersey.

2012 IWLCA All-Region Teams