1999-2000 Outlook for Men's Ice Hockey
The 1999-2000 Lord Jeffs are coming off of the best season in Amherst hockey history. The 1999 team won a school-record 19 games and finished ranked sixth in the country. The team graduated five from last year's squad, but returns an exciting, hungry group.
The team will be backstopped in goal by junior Nick Rieser. Rieser appeared in seven games last season, compiling a 6-0 record and an outstanding 1.58 GAA. Freshmen Jaffrie Perrotti (Phillips Andover) and Justin Jagher (Roxbury Latin) will also compete for time between the pipes.
On the blueline the group will be deep and experienced. Senior co-captain Andy Jones will lead the way. He will be joined by juniors Ben Kennedy, Darce Swaggert, Steve Tornabene and ECAC All-Star Jim Smith. Sophomore John Frechette and newcomer Erich Schram (North Iowa) will round out the defensive corps.
Offensively, balance will be the key. Juniors Greg Dinardo, Chris Orszulak and Rob Hill, and sophomores Greg Carr, Darren Reaume and ECAC Rookie of the Year Bob Miele will be counted upon to lead the attack. The offense does not stop there. Co-captain Tim Quinn and fellow seniors Joe Graceffa and John Maguire have shown the ability to contribute at both ends of the ice. Sophomores Ben Santonelli, Dave Moore and Rudy Reinhart made great strides during their first year and will be important factors in the offense. Freshmen Justin Pitrak (Choate), Erik DiNardo (Belmont Hill), Brett Farson (Phillips Andover) and Todd Ballaban (Berkshire) will all get a chance to step in and play immediately.
With the excellent incoming class and terrific optimism surrounding the program, the Jeffs are looking forward to the 1999-2000 season and keeping the program among the country's elite.