Athletics

Six Jeffs Named IWLCA All-Berkshire Region

Alex PhilieContact: Ben Badua

COMPLETE IWLCA ALL-REGION TEAMS

AMHERST, Mass. – Helping the Jeffs to a 17-2 overall record and the program’s 11th NCAA championship berth, six members of the Amherst women’s lacrosse team earned IWLCA All-Berkshire Region honors.

Alex Philie ’14 Krista Zsitvay ’14, Rachel Passarelli ’16, Christy Forrest ’16 and Kerry Fusco ’15 garnered first-team accolades, while Meghan Mills ’15 nabbed a spot on the second-team.

Picking up her fourth-consecutive all-region selection, Philie has pieced together a stellar senior season. The NESCAC’s inaugural Defensive Player of the Year, she tops the conference charts in caused turnovers (31), while sitting tied for fourth in draw controls (52) and knotted for fifth in ground balls (35). Against Wheaton on Mar. 26, Philie racked up a season-high nine ground balls, 10 draw controls and seven caused turnovers.

Also a force on the offensive end, she has factored into the scoring in 16 of the team’s 19 contests. Third on the Jeffs in points (26 G, 7 A), Philie notched a season-best three goals on three separate occasions, most recently against Bridgewater State University in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

In the midst of a breakout campaign, Passarelli has helped key the Amherst attack. Fifth in the league in goals (38), she is tied for sixth in free-position scores (10). Recording a 51.4 shooting percentage, Passarelli is currently ninth in the conference in points (47). Posting four goals against William Smith on Mar. 18, she registered five tallies in the NESCAC semifinals against Williams. In four postseason games (NESCAC & NCAA), she has amassed 10 points on nine goals and a helper.

One of the Jeffs’ top scorers, Zsitvay is second on the team in goals (37), while ranking amongst the NESCAC’s best with 44 points. With 12 multi-goal games to her credit, she netted five markers against Babson on Mar. 5 and Tufts on Apr. 12. Also chipping in on the defensive end, she ranks seventh in the conference in draw controls (47), while also collecting 29 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.

Helping to round out the Purple & White attack, Mills makes her second appearance on the all-region team after earning a first-team award last season. In 19 games, the junior standout has posted 25 goals and five assists. Scoring in each of the team’s four postseason games, she had a hat-trick against Bowdoin in the NESCAC quarterfinals and Bridgewater St. in the NCAA second round. Shooting 55.6 percent, Mills has tracked down 26 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.

One of the Jeffs’ defensive stalwarts, Fusco adds first-team all-region accolades to her second-team all-league honors. Tied for eighth in the conference in caused turnovers (21), she has gathered 28 ground balls. Tallying five ground balls and three caused turnovers against the Ephs in the NESCAC semis, she had three ground balls and two caused turnovers in last weekend’s second round NCAA match-up against BSU.

Anchoring Amherst’s efforts in net, Forrest has logged 1130:13 minutes en route to a 17-2 mark. Recording 123 saves in 281 shots faced, she leads the NESCAC in save percentage (54.4), while also posting the lowest goals-against average in the nation (5.47). Making 11 stops in the season-opener against Bates, she had 14 saves in a conference win over Hamilton. Notching 10 stops against Little Three rival Wesleyan, she’s been every bit as good during the Jeffs’ postseason run, allowing just five goals per game.