Right: Liz Martin '04
Tragedy to Triumph
- Martin, Whiting cap storied athletic careers
Martin, Whiting cap storied athletic careers
Among this year’s graduates were two
of the finest student-athletes in recent memory, each recognized with multiple postseason academic and athletic awards.
Paul Whiting ’04 starred in three sports and made an indelible mark in the classroom, earning the college’s Psi Upsilon Prize for pre-eminence in scholarship, leadership, athletics and character. On the football field, Whiting was a First-Team Academic All-America, ECAC All-Northeast and All-NESCAC defensive back and the winner of the DeOrmand “Tuss” McLaughry Award as the outstanding scholar-athlete
in western Massachusetts. He was also named to the 12th Annual AFCA Good Works Team, which honors college football players for their dedication and
commitment to community service, and was the only non-Division I winner in the
history of the College Sports Television (CSTV) Student-Athlete of the Week program. On the baseball diamond, Whiting was a Second-Team All-NESCAC centerfielder and led the Jeffs to their first-ever conference championship. On the track, Whiting was an ECAC and New England qualifier in the triple jump and broke an outdoor school record on Amherst’s 4-by-200-meter relay team. As part of Commencement Weekend, he was presented the Howard Hill Mossman Trophy as
the member of the senior class who has brought the greatest honor in athletics to his or her alma mater. He was also selected for the ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award, which recognizes extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service.
A four-time All-America, three-time All-NESCAC, two-time National Midfielder of the Year, two-time NCAA All-Tournament selection and First-Team Academic All-District and Academic All-America pick as a senior, Liz Martin ’04 graduated as one
of the best women’s lacrosse players and finest student-athletes in Amherst history. Leading the Jeffs to three consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances, including the program’s first-ever national championship in 2003, Martin tallied 185 goals in just three seasons at Amherst, eclipsing
the previous school record of 184, held by Kristin Osborn ’01. Adding her totals from her freshman year at Goucher College,
she graduates as the 13th-leading scorer in NCAA Division III history, with 338 career points, and is tied for fifth in NCAA history with 270 career goals. Martin was also a solid contributor on the women’s squash team, playing No. 2 singles and leading the Jeffs to a 17-9 record as a senior.
Photo: Henry Hopkins