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Mass. College Lax: Amherst Looks To Capture First Crown Since 2003

By Matt Noonan 

Amherst College’s women’s lacrosse team will look to capture its first national title this weekend since defeating NESCAC foe Middlebury, 11-9, in 2003 at St. John Fisher.

In order for the Jeffs to reach the championship on Sunday, they’ll have to defeat Salisbury, who captured their second Division III crown last season with a 12-5 win over Trinity (Conn.).

Tomorrow’s semifinal matchup, which will take place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, will be the fourth meeting between the Jeffs and Sea Gulls, according to the Salisbury website/game preview. Their last meeting occurred in 2007 with Salisbury claiming an 11-4 win.

“Postseason – it’s about execution (and) it’s about decreasing your unforced errors and it’s about just playing smart,” Amherst head coach Chris Paradis said in an interview following the Jeffs’ 8-5 win over TCNJ last weekend. “I think we’re doing that.

“We’ve been talking about (how) every game is going to get more challenging from here on in, so you’ve got to increase your ability to read a situation and make sure you’re making the right decision before you have the ball leave your stick.”

The Jeffs, who commenced their current campaign winning 14 straight contests, have won 19 games this season, a program-record (their most wins in program history was 18, which was set by the national championship unit from 2003). Amherst punched its ticket to the NCAA Division III semifinals by defeating TCNJ in the quarterfinals, York in third round and Bridgewater State in the second round. The Jeffs earned a first-round bye, as well as an automatic bid to the playoffs.

According to the weekend preview, which can be accessed on the team’s athletic page, Amherst has participated in the NCAA Tournament 11 times, including this season. They’re 22-9 in postseason play and making their first trip to the semifinal round since 2004.

Rachel Passarelli leads the Purple and White in points (52) on 41 goals and 11 assists, while Krista Zsitvay, who’s registered 51 points in 20 contests, ranks first in goals (43). Against TCNJ, Zsitvay led all scorers with four markers. She recorded three points against York and Bridgewater State, netting two tallies and assisting on one strike in both contests.

Amherst has outscored their opponents this postseason, 40-12, and averaging 13 goals per game. They’ve also outshot their foes, 71-39. Goaltender Christy Forrest has turned away 20 shots, including 11 against York.

Excluding their point leaders, the Jeffs will lean on their senior class this weekend, according to Paradis, who commended each player for their effort this season, both on and off the field.

“I think they’ve set the tone all year,” said Paradis. “They’ve held each other accountable, they’ve set the bar high in terms of their leadership of vocally and how they carry themselves, and they’ve just all been just phenomenal – phenomenal leaders just right down the line, all five of them.”

The Amherst senior class is made up of Zsitvay, Alex Philie, Annelies O’Dea, Caroline Holliday and Elizabeth Ludlow.

Salisbury, which is ranked second in the nation, is making its seventh appearance in the semifinals in the last eight seasons. They’ve won championships in 2010 and 2013, but came up short in 2012 against the Bantams. The Sea Gulls concluded their regular season slate undefeated for the 12th consecutive year, and earned postseason wins against Farmingdale State, Augustana (Ill.) and Franklin & Marshall.

The winner advances to Sunday’s championship against SUNY Cortland or Trinity at 2:30 p.m. The Bantams and Red Dragons will meet in the first semifinal contest, which is scheduled for 1 p.m.

“I think all along this season we knew we had something special,” said Paradis. “We knew it was within our grasp (of reaching the semifinals). The challenge was to stay focused; one game at a time and this team has managed to do that. They’ve played with a lot of heart and a lot of determination.

“It’s a dream, but at the same time I think we knew it was also definitely that was something realistic for us.”

Quick Note: Quotes for this post were courtesy of the Amherst College Athletic Department’s YouTube Channel (AmherstSports). The video was ‘Amherst vs. TCNJ.’

Mass. College Lax: Local Players Competing In The NCAA Championship Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the final weekend of the college lacrosse season quickly approaching, we thought we’d step back from analyzing matchups or predicting games, and highlight the local players from the Bay State that’ll be competing over the next few days.

Here is a list of local names to watch this weekend:

Seamus Connelly (Duke) Duxbury, Mass.

Chris Coady (Duke) Winchester, Mass.

Ian Yanulis (Duke) Duxbury, Mass.

Blake Ferry (Limestone) Malden, Mass

Nate Marchand (Tufts) Concord, Mass.

AJ Enchill (Tufts) Pittsfield, Mass.

Conor Helfrich (Tufts) North Andover, Mass.

Tucker Mathers (Tufts) Boxford, Mass.

Chris Dowd (Tufts) Cohasset, Mass.

Jake Gillespie (Tufts) Topsfield, Mass.

Brendan Treanor (Tufts) Belmont, Mass.

Peter Gill (Tufts) Medfield, Mass.

Jack McDermott (Tufts) Medfield, Mass.

Garrett Read (Tufts) Medfield, Mass.

Bryn Boucher (Maryland) Hingham, Mass.

Hadley Brooke (Northwestern) South Hamilton, Mass.

Kate Macdonald (Northwestern) Norwell, Mass.

Kelly Rich (Northwestern) Westwood, Mass.

Amanda McLaughlin (Northwestern) Wilbraham, Mass.

Kerri Harrington (Northwestern) Westwood, Mass.

Christie Donovan (Virginia) Hingham, Mass.

Molly Cox (Trinity) Norwell, Mass.

Shea Kusiak (Trinity) Longmeadow, Mass.

Abby Hughes (Trinity) Wenham, Mass.

Ashley Stewart (Trinity) Dover, Mass.

Abby McQuillan (Trinity) Medfield, Mass.

Clio Kammerer (Trinity) Marblehead, Mass.

Lindsay Mullaney (Trinity) Boston, Mass.

Meghan Collins (Trinity) Marblehead, Mass.

Lyndsey Shepard (Trinity) Hamilton, Mass.

Karly Simpson (Trinity) South Hadley, Mass.

Codi Quirk (Trinity) Sudbury, Mass.

Midge Daniel (Trinity) Wellesley, Mass.

Clare Lyne (Trinity) Concord, Mass.

Bridget Kitchen (Trinity) North Andover, Mass.

Summer Washburn (Salisbury) Andover, Mass.

Coco Kusiak (Amherst) Longmeadow, Mass.

Alex Philie (Amherst) East Sandwich, Mass.

Kate Wyeth (Amherst) Concord, Mass.

Mass. College Lax: Local Players Selected To IWLCA D3 Al-America Teams

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) honored 48 student-athletes yesterday with a selection to the IWLCA Division III All-America teams.

Below is a list of five local players that earned spots on either the First, Second or Third teams.

Alex Philie (Amherst College) – First Team

Rebecca McGovern (Williams College) – Second Team

Brigid Bowser (Tufts University) – Third Team

Emily Wright (Tufts University) – Third Team

Krista Zsitvay (Amherst College) – Third Team

Mass. College Lax: Amherst, Tufts Caps Weekend With NCAA Tourney Wins

Tufts' men's lacrosse team advanced to its third NCAA Tournament Championship next weekend with a 21-11 semifinal victory over RIT this afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ men’s lacrosse team advanced to its third NCAA Tournament Championship next weekend with a 21-11 semifinal victory over RIT this afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Both Amherst College and Tufts University punched their tickets to the final weekend of the 2014 college lacrosse season with tournament semifinal and quarterfinal victories this afternoon. The Jeffs rallied to defeat TCNJ, 8-5, while the Jumbos defeated RIT, 21-11.

Below is each contest’s summary.

Amherst 8, TCNJ 5: Trailing the Lions, 5-4, in the second half, the Jeffs rallied with a 4-0 run, sparked by Krista Zsitvay that helped the hosts claim its 22nd NCAA Tournament victory, as well as a trip to next weekend’s semifinal against Salisbury.

Zsitvay led the Purple and White with four markers, Rachel Passarelli recorded four points on three goals and one helper and Alex Philie capped the scoring with one tally at 1:24 in the second session.

Amherst goaltender Christy Forrest turned away six shots and improved to 19-2 overall.

Tufts 21, RIT 11: The Jumbos improved to 3-1 all-time against the Tigers as they overcame a 4-2 deficit in the opening session to go onto win their semifinal matchup in Rochester.

Beau Wood paced the Powder Blue and White with eight points on seven tallies and one helper, while Cole Bailey chipped in five markers and one assist. John Uppgren and Ben Andreycak each recorded hat tricks and goaltender Patton Watkins finished with 20 stops and bumped his record to 19-1.

With the win, Tufts (20-2) advances to next Sunday’s NCAA Division III Championship against the winner of Salisbury-Washington College. This will be the third time Tufts has competed in the finals. They won the championship in 2010 against Salisbury, but lost to them the following season.