Nov. 5, 2000  

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ECAC Division III New England Women's Soccer Championship
Amherst 3, Bates 2 (3 OT)
at Lewiston, Maine

                        1   2  OT1  OT2  OT3  F
Amherst(11-5-2)         1   1   0    0    1   3
Bates (12-6-0)          2   0   0    0    0   2

SCORING: A, 7:48, Sarah O'Keefe (Katelyn McCabe). B, 30:56, Becky Castle
(Catherine Crosby). B, 35:47, Amanda Waterhouse (Kate Dockery). A, 61:17,
Hallison Putnam (Brianna Porco). A, 132:26, Jenny Rossman (Katherine

GOALKEEPING: Kim Martell (B), 132 min, 8 SV, 3 GA. Brooke Diamond
(A), 132 min, 8 SV, 2 GA.

Shots: A, 26-17.
Corner kicks: A, 11-0.
Fouls: A, 14-13.
Offsides: B, 2-0.


LEWISTON, Maine -- First-year midfielder Jenny Rossman (Newton, Mass.) redirected a free kick 10 minutes into the third overtime period as the Amherst College Lord Jeffs (11-5-2) defeated the host Bates College Bobcats (12-6) to win the 2000 ECAC Division III New England Championships in a steady rain today.

Amherst, the fifth seed in the tournament, came on strong at the outset of the game, scoring in the eighth minute when junior Sarah O'Keefe (W. Hartford, Conn.) headed home a perfect cross from sophomore Katelyn McCabe (W. Hartford, Conn.). The second seeded Bobcats responded with two goals in the span of five minutes late in the half. Rookie forward Becky Castle (Stonington, Conn.) scored the equalizer when she headed home a free kick by classmate Catherine Crosby (Lincoln, Mass.) that hit the crossbar. Junior forward Amanda Waterhouse (Cumberland, Maine) scored her fourth goal of the tournament in the 36th minute to give Bates the lead. Waterhouse took a pass from junior Kate Dockery (New York, N.Y.) and took two dribbles to beat Amherst goalkeeper Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, Mass.). Amherst drew even in the second half when junior midfielder Hallison Putnam (Lexington, Ky.), the tournament MVP, took a dish from sophomore Brianna Porco (Fairfield, Conn.), avoided two tackles and went top shelf on Bates goalkeeper Kim Martell (Needham, Mass.) to even the game in the 62nd minute. The Lord Jeffs had the better of the play in the overtime periods, outshooting Bates, 10-3, before Rossman scored the game-winner at 132:26.

Diamond made eight saves in the contest as Amherst improved to 2-0-2 in overtime this season, while Martell also had eight saves in Bates' first OT game of the season. The ECAC championship is the first in six appearances for the Lord Jeffs. Bates, appearing in the championship game for the second time in three years, is 3-3 in ECAC title games.

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