May 4, 2010

Amherst's Horwitz Earns NESCAC's Top Nod

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College sophomore Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) has been named the NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Horwitz scored a pair of game-winning goals against nationally-ranked opponents to help the Lord Jeffs advance to the NESCAC Championship semifinals.

Horwitz began her week by recording a goal and an assist against fourth-ranked Trinity College in Amherst’s regular season finale. After assisting on the final goal of the first half to give the Jeffs a 3-2 lead, Horwitz put the Jeffs on top for good on a free-position goal with 5:36 remaining in regulation. The win over the Bantams secured a quarterfinal home game in the conference tournament.

Just two days later against ninth-ranked Tufts, Horwitz scored four goals to lead the Jeffs into the NESCAC Championship semifinals for the first time since 2008. Three of her goals came in the first half, including a free-position attempt with only three seconds remaining on the clock. Horwitz’s FPS goal with 8:57 left in the second period gave the Jeffs a 5-4 lead and proved to be the game winner.

Horwitz ranks tied for 15th in the NESCAC in goals scored (28), while her four game winners are tied for the most in the conference. After scoring nine goals and assisting on five others as a first-year, Horwitz has emerged as Amherst’s top scorer in 2010. This is the first Player of the Week honor of her collegiate career and the second of the season for Amherst.

Amherst will travel to Trinity to take on sixth-ranked Colby College in the conference semifinals. The Jeffs, who have not advanced to the finals since 2005 and have never won the NESCAC title, suffered a 9-4 loss to the Mules on Apr. 17 in Waterville, Maine. The only other meeting between Amherst and Colby in the conference tournament came back in 2007, when the fourth-seeded Mules defeated the sixth-seeded Jeffs in the semifinals, 10-8. 

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