2001 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship
First Round
Tuesday, May 1
Saturday, May 5 Sunday, May 6
at No. 2 AMH 16, No. 7 CONN 5
at No. 1 MID 16, No. 4 COL 8 at No. 1 MID 9, No. 2 AMH 6
at No. 3 WIL 21, No. 6 BAT 3 No. 2 AMH 9, vs. No. 3 WIL 6
at No. 4 COL 14, No. 5 TUF 13
Championship Seeding
Championship Preview Championship Records

Middlebury Wins NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Title

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury shut out Amherst for the first 18:58 of play, and held off a late rally by the Jeffs to take the NESCAC Championship on Sunday afternoon, 9-6. With the win, the Panthers earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while Amherst will wait in hopes of an at-large bid. Pairings and times will be announced on Sunday night.

In a game that featured two completely different halves, the Panthers started off the game with five straight goals, including two by Char Glessner, both on assists from Betsy Wheeler. Amherst finally broke into the scoring column at 11:02 of the first on Sarah Scheessele's goal from Erin Beaumont. Middlebury added two more goals before the break to take a 7-1 lead at halftime. After over ten minutes of scoreless play to start the second half, the Panthers upped their lead to 8-1 on Glessner's third goal of the afternoon at 19:53. Down by seven, the Lord Jeffs rallied to score the next five goals in a span of 8:05. Alison Aldrich scored two key goals in the run, and Beaumont collected two assists as the Panther lead was cut to 8-6 with 9:50 remaining. After exchanging chances, Middlebury put the game away at the 6:50 mark, when Julia Bergofsky beat Amherst netminder Brooke Diamond with a low shot that went between Diamond's legs and into the net for a 9-6 lead.

Glessner finished the day with three goals and one assist, while Wheeler and Bergofsky each had two goals for the Panthers. Erin Beaumont assisted on three goals, with Aldrich and Scheessele each scoring a pair for Amherst. Diamond tied a career-high with 12 saves for the Jeffs, and Sarah Grenert made five stops between the pipes for Middlebury.

First Round - Tuesday, May 1 at Higher Seeds

at No. 2 Amherst 16, No. 7 Connecticut College 5
at No. 3 Williams 21, No. 6 Bates 3
at No. 4 Colby 14, No. 5 Tufts 13

Semifinals - Saturday, May 5 at Middlebury
at No. 1 Middlebury 16, No. 4 Colby 8
No. 2 Amherst 9, vs. No. 3 Williams 6

Championship - Sunday, May 6 at Middlebury
at No. 1 Middlebury 9, No. 2 Amherst 6