2002 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship
First Round
Sunday, April 28
Saturday, May 4 Sunday, May 5
at No. 2 AMH 11, No. 7 TRI 6
at No. 1 MID 20, No. 4 COL 9 at No. 1 MID 13, No. 2 AMH 7
at No. 3 WIL 16, No. 6 BAT 3 No. 2 AMH 17, vs. No. 3 WIL 8
at No. 4 COL 11, No. 5 BOW 7
Championship Seeding
Championship Preview Championship Records

Middlebury Wins Second Consecutive Women's Lacrosse Championship

Courtesy Middlebury Athletic Communications

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury topped Amherst 13-7 this afternoon to earn their second consecutive NESCAC Championship. The Panthers receive an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament when the pairings are announced Sunday night.

Middlebury jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening ten minutes. Nuala O'Donohoe scored on a free position shot at 27:29 to get the ball rolling for the Panthers. Kristin Hanley and Meg Bonney scored just 15 seconds apart to give Middlebury a 3-0 lead, before O'Donohoe went coast to coast and scored her second of the game.

The Panthers added two more goals before Abigail Ouimet put Amherst on the board at the 18:00 mark when she broke through a swarm of Amherst defenders.

Middlebury netminder Sarah Grenert on a tough angle shot. With the Panthers leading 8-2, Ouimet and Jackie Sargent scored the final two goals of the half to bring the Jeffs within four.

Amherst opened the second half scoring as Sargent found the back of the net and cut the lead to 8-5. O'Donohoe scored moments later on a free position shot to give Middlebury a 9-5 lead. Meg Bonney put in her fourth goal of the game at 16:38 to increase the Panther's lead to five.

Sargent brought the Jeffs within four once again but just over a minute later, Hanley found O'Donohoe and Middlebury increased their lead to 11-6. Bonney and Julia Bergofsky added two more goals for the Panthers, before Laura Schifter found the back of the net for Amherst with 39 seconds remaining in the contest for the 13-7 final.

In goal, Sarah Grenert made 14 saves for Middlebury, while Brooke Diamond made 13 saves in goal for the Jeffs.

First Round - Sunday, April 28 at Higher Seeds

at No. 2 Amherst 11, No. 7 Trinity 6
at No. 3 Williams 16, No. 6 Bates 3
at No. 4 Colby 11, No. 5 Bowdoin 7

Semifinals - Saturday, May 4 at Middlebury
at No. 1 Middlebury 20, No. 4 Colby 9
No. 2 Amherst 17, vs. No. 3 Williams 8

Championship - Sunday, May 5 at Middlebury
at No. 1 Middlebury 13, No. 2 Amherst 7