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Football

11/16/95 For those of you who have not heard, seen, or read about the game, Amherst ended Williams 21-game winning-streak last Saturday on national television. As many of you know, the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Williams' field was an absolute mess. There was almost no grass; rather mud and woodchicks. One played commented that it was similar to playing in a box of cat litter.

Amherst looked pretty good during the game. We had a couple of drives to inside the Williams 20-yard line, but were unable to convert the drives to points. One field goal attempt missed, but that was almost expected considerig the field conditions. Williams also put together a number of drives, but out defense held in and stopped the Ephmen each time. In fact, it was about as good of a defensive performance that Amherst has had in the last five years. Statistically this is incorrect, but every time Williams needed a big play or was trying for a fourth down conversion, the defense stopped them. In fact, Williams had only 2 first downs in the entire first half!

Although we tied the game, it certainly felt like a win. Williams had the ball on second down at our 1 yard line but them fumbled on third down and threw an incomplete pass on fourth down. It was the first time Williams had been shut out in 27 games and the tie ended their 21-game winning-streak. In addidtin, Amherst now gets a share of the little three title, which we haven't had since 1986, when we won it outright. For those statistical fanatics, here's one for you: the Amherst-Williams series was the longest series in the nation without a tie- until Saturday that is. the last tie came in 1906 (also 0-0) and since then the two teams had played 87 times without a tie.

Amherst is already thinking about next year. Although the Jeffs had 16 seniors, only five of them started by the end of the year, so we should have an experienced group back. Next year's seniors will be the first senior class recruited by Coach Siedlecki.

11/6/95 The Amherst College football team dropped to 5-2 after a 33-10 loss to Trinity last weekend. For Amherst, the loss was an extreme disappointment; Amherst had hoped to go into next weekend's game against Williams at 6-1.

In the first quarter, it looked as if Amherst would come away with the victory. After Trinity's first possession, which lasted only three plays, freshman Jamie Deluca blocked the Trinity punt. Amherst recovered the ball on the Trinity 42 yard line and four plays later the Lord Jeffs scored. For Deluca, the blocked punt was his third of the season.

However, as the first quarter came to a close, so did Amherst's strong offensive and defensive play. Trinity converted two Amherst second quarter fumbles into touchdowns, and at halftime led 19-10. The third and fourth quarters were not too different; the Amherst offense had difficulty putting together drives, and the defense struggled against Trinity's option attack. By the game's end, Trinity had gained 392 total yards, as compared to Amherst's 227. Perhaps the most telling statistic was Amherst's 2 of 14 third-down conversion numbers (Trinity was 11 of 17 on third-down attempts).

Dan Orlando and Dan Milazzo continued to play well for the Jeffs: Orlando gained 68 yards and scored one touchdown, while Milazzo rushed for 58 yeards. Defensively, Seth Zimmerman played very well: Zimmerman, the team's leading tackler, had 13 tackles (8 solo) and a forced fumble. Strong safety Chris Donegan also put together a strong performance. Donegan had 16 tackles (9 solo), one interception, and one forced fumble.

Next weekend, Amherst will take on their arch-rival Williams College. Saturday's game will mark the 110th time, dating back to 1884, that the two teams have played. Amherst has not won this game since 1986, but the players and coaches believe that this will be the year for an Amherst victory. The game will begin at 10:00 AM bcause ESPN 2 will be broadcasting it nationally. While the Amherst-Williams game is usually broadcasted via satellite to alumni groups around the nation, this will be the first time that Amherst has appeared on cable television.

10/29/95 For the second year in a row, the football team will have a winning record. With yesturday's 28-0 thrashing over Tufts, the team pushed their record to 5-1 and secured a winning record for the season. Against Tufts, the defense played outstanding, while the offense dominated the line of scrimmage.

The defense allowed only 107 yards in total offense, which is the lowest number of yards they have allowed in the 1990's. Karim Hutson had two interceptions, including one that he ran back to the Tufts 9 to set up Amherst's first touchdown. Alex Bernstein destroyed the Tufts offensive tackle. Alex was in the backfield all afternoon and had two sacks along with 7 tackles. Ray Byrnes also had a great day. He had two tackles for losses (one for minus 13 yards) and one sack. It was the defense's second consecutive shutout, a feat Amherst has not done since 1993, when they opened the season with shutout wins over Hamilton and Bowdoin.

Offensively, the Jeffs ran the ball all day long. Dan Milazzo rushed for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Dan Orlando rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns. In total, the team rushed for 289 yards on 64 carries. Matt Murray (a tight end) had 4 catches for 63 yards. Two of his receptions came on third down and kept scoring drives alive. The offensive line dominated, opening holes for the running backs all afternoon long.

Next week, Amhert hosts Trinity. While Trinity is a good team, they are not the team that they were a few years ago, and the team is confident that they can win the game.

10/21/95 For the first time since 1989,the football team has won its Homecoming game! That's right, in Saturday's driving rain, the Lord Jeffs defeated Wesleyan 13-0, meaning the Nov. 11 matchup in Williamstown will be for the Little Three Championship.

The game started with a very bad note. On Amherst's second offensive play, Josh Mason took a pitch and gained seven yards. On the ply, however, he was hit by a number of Cardinal defenders, and one of them fell on his leg, breaking his Fibula. Unfortunately for Amherst, and for Josh, he will miss the rest of the season. The one nice part of the play was that on that carry, Josh broke Amherst's career rushing record. He now has 2431 career rushing yards. Congradulations Josh.

Without the help of Mason, the offense relied on the play of sophomore Dan Milazzo and freshmen Darin Byrne and Bob DiSabato. All three of these backs played well, rushing for 170 yards between them. Quarterback Rich Willard threw the ball well considering how wet the ball must have been. Defensively, the team was led by sophomore Seth Zimmerman, who has played extremely well all season. Zimmerman had 12 tackles, (one for a loss) and two sacks. He leads the team after five games with 55 tackles. Alex Bernstein and Ray Bynres also played well; it seemed that they were in the backfield on almost every play causing havoc for the Wesleyan offense.

10/15/95 On Saturday, the Jeffs traveled to Waterville, Maine to play the Colby College White Mules. As expected, it was a great game, but Amherst lost 27-15. Amherst is now 3-1.

In the game, Josh Mason carried the ball 24 times and gained 140 yards. He now has 678 yards on the season and his career total of 2418 yards is just 10 shy of tying Amherst's all-time mark. Since he is averaging 170 yards per game, one qwould expect him to break that mark early in next week's game.

The game was very close. In the first quarter, Amherst didn't look particularly sharp, which one would expect after a 5 hour bus ride. Colby jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but on Amherst's next possesion, rich willard threw a beautiful 65 yard touchdown pass to sophomore Colin Barnicle. It was Amherst's longest play of the year. Soon after, Dave Bobruff kicked one of his three field goals, and at halftime, Amherst was behind 17-9. In the second half, the Jeffs successfully drove over 80 yards twice, but on both occasions, they were stopped near the endzone and settled for field goals. The additional 6 points were not enough, as colby also scored twice.

Next week, the Jeffs host Wesleyan , our Homecoming. For the first time in 6 years, Amherst will be the favorite in the Homecoming game, and hopefully, fans will turn out for the game. Wesleyan is a good, but by no means great team. They are 2-2, having defeated Bates this weekend.

10/8/95 Amherst wins again! With a 28-13 victory over a talented Middlebury squad, the football team pushed its record to 3-0. Folks, I have been a part of the Amherst football program for 5 years, and I have never seen us dominate a game against a quality opponent like we did against Middlebury. Physically, they simply could not match the team, and by the 4th quarter, with Amherst up 15 points, Middlebury was very tired and seemed to almost give up.

Josh Mason was again the stroy for the Jeffs. He carried the ball 36 times, gained 209 yards rushiong and scored 4 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named New England Division II and III player of the week, A.K.A. the Coca-Cola Gold Helmut Award. Congradulations Josh. His three game totals are incredible: 538 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Watch out Bill Foye- your all time rushing and single-season touchdown records are in jeopardy! Josh is 150 yards short of 2,428 career rushing yards and is 7 touchdowns short of Foye's 18 scores in a single season. There are still 5 games to go for the Jeffs, and hopefully Josh can break these lofty Amherst records.

Defensively, the Jeffs dominated Middlebury, allowing only 192 total yards. One Middlebury touchdown was very lucky (the quarterback was bveing sacked and was able to flick the ball to an open running back) and the other was on a trick play that worked pretty well. The Jeffs intercepted 3 passes (John Walsh, Peter McConville, and Devin Moriarty) and had a bunch of tackles for losses. Seth Zimmerman led the team with 12 tackles on the day.

Next week, the team travels to Waterville, ME to play colby College. This game will be an indicator of how far the Jeffs have come in three years. Last year, Colby beat us 25-23 by scoring with less than 2 minutes to play in the game. to be honest ,though, they were also a better team physically. We will see how the Jeffs handle the White Mules (2-1) next weekend. More later...

10/1/95 The Jeffs are 2-0! On Saturday, Josh Mason and crew played a great game, and the Jeffs defeated Bowdoin College by a score of 27-20. For those fans who love college football, this game was a must-see.

The Amherst offense racked up an impressive 523 total yards, which is the most they have gained since their 53-0 defeat of Bates in 1994. Josh Mason had 25 carries, gained 181 yards, and scored 3 touchdowns. In just two games, he now has 339 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns. Quarterback Rich Willard was also impressive. In his first collegiate start, Rich completed 21 of 35 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pass, the first of his career, was caught by senior Brett Shogren. For Shogren, it was the first touchdown reception of his career. At tailback, Dan Orlando had another strong day. Dan gained 107 yards on 14 carries.

Defensively, Seth Zimmerman and Chris Donegan led the team with 12 tackles each. Sam Bartlett had 2 interceptions in the game, giving his 3 for the year, and raising his career total to 10. The defense did a pretty good job of stopping Bowdoin all day long. Bowdoin's first touchdown was scored on a 65 yard fumble return and their second was a 38 yard plocked punts return. In effect, the defense onlt gave up 7 points on the day. Freshman Jamie Deluca, in his first game, blocked 2 punts, including one with 3:24 left in the game that set up the winning touchdown.

In all, it was a great win for the Jeffs. As Coach Siedlecki has said, good teams find ways to win, and Amherst certainly did that. Way to go Jeffs.

9/25/95 The Lord Jeffs are 1-0! On saturday, the Jeffs defeated Bates College 34-12, in a game that was actually much closer than the final score indicated. At one point in the fourth quarter, the score was 20-12 Amherst. Amherst went on to score two 4th quarter touchdowns to put the game away.

In the Bates game, pre-season All-American Josh Mason carried the ball 26 time for 148 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not a bad day! For his efforts he was recognized by the ECAC and will probably be recognized by NESCAC when the weekly players-of the-week are announced Monday evening. Mason scored on runs of 2, 11, 1, and 3 yards.

Amherst needed only 2 plays to score on their first possesion: a 42 yard run by Mason to put the ball on the Bates 2 yard line, and a 2 yard touchdown run by Mason to take the early lead. In all, Amherst rushed for 307 yards on the day.

The offensive line played well. Co-Captain Greg Schneider dominated, and Scott Curry (6'7",314 pounds) also played well. On one play, Curry literally picked uup a Bates linebacker and moved him out of the way. I guess if you are big enough, you do not have to rely on conventional blocking techniques!

Defensively, the Jeffs played well. They gave up only 86 yards rushing which made D-Coordinator E.J. Mills happy. D takle Alex Bernstein tackled the Bates runner each time they ran his way. Unfortunately for him, the Bates coaches realized this and only ran his way 3 or 4 times. At 6'4, 298 pounds, Alex is a large man who plays the run well.

Outside linebacker Ray Byrnes had 10 tackles, and inside linebacker Seth Zimmerman aplayed well. Cornerback Sam Bartlett had a key 4th quarter interception to help put the game away. With the score 27-12 in favor of Amherst, Sam intercepted a Bates pass and returned it 49 yards to the Bates 3 yards line, after which Josh Mason quickly scored.

In all, it was a good day for Jeff fans. Bates was a better team then they were the year before, and Amherst pretty much dominated them. Next week is the home opener against Bowdoin. I hope any alumni reading this right now are making plans to journey up to the College on the hill for the game.


Men's Soccer

11/6/95 The men's soccer team ended their season with an 8-4-4 record and made it to the "Sweet Sixteen" of the NCAA tournament. Coach Banda is pleased with his team's success, especially their play against Middlebury in the first round of the tournament.

Amherst played Middlebury on Saturday and battled for over two and a half hours to emerge with the win. In regulation, George Langendorf scored for Amherst at 14:30. Amherst dominated for most of the game,b ut Middlebury was able to tie the game with 7 minutes remaining to send the contest into overtime.

The two teams played for an additional 60 minutes: 2, 15 minute regular overtime periods and 2, 15 minute sudden death overtime periods. At the end of the last sudden death the score still remained 1-1 and the game went to a Shootout to decide the winner.

Within the last minutes of the game, Coach Banda inserted Freshman goalie Dustin Sarnofski. It was a smart move by Banda,who was anticipating a shootout, and wanted a fresh goalie, with Sarnofski's height. It was the first game that Sarnofski had played in his freshman year, yet he showed incredible poise, saving Middlebury's first penalty kick. Amherst's Tim Christian connected on the first penalty kick. Middlebury's next two penalty kicks were wide and Amherst's Nate McDonald and Chris Murphy scored on both of their kicks, to give Amherst the win. The final score was 1-1 in regualtion, 3-0 in the Shootout.

On Sunday, the Jeffs met their nemesis' Williams College in the Sweet Sixteen.After Saturday's exhausting game, the men couldn't overcome a strong Wiliams' squad and the final score was 3-0. However, the score doesn't reflect the play of teh Jeffs, who had 13 shots on goal and kept the game at 1-0 until the last ten minutes. Coach Banda, in a last-ditch effort to score, pushed all of his players up on offense, and Williams took advantage of the defensive holes to score their last two goals.

The men's soccer team had an incredible year, and Coach Banda is excited for the future of Amherst soccer.

10/29/95 It was a week of ups and downs for the Jeffs. On Wednesday, the team came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to beat Plymouth State 2-1, but on Saturday, they lost to Tufts, 2-0. Against Plymouth State, Mario Watts scored the game-tying goal, and then Chris Murphy scored the game winner. Against Tufts, on a wet and muddy field, the team could not muster any offense and lost the game.

10/22/95 The men's soccer team dropped their Homecoming game to Wesleyan, 1-0. Wesleyan scored early in the first half, and Amherst could not find the Cardinal net. It is an unfortunate loss for the 7-2-3 Jeffs, who pretty much have to beat Tufts next week to make the NCAA tournament. On Wednasday, the Jeffs hosted Babson College, a good team. Amherst traded goals before pulling away and winning the game, 3-1. Matthew Diggs scored two goasl in that game.

Last week, Goerge Langendorf was named NESCAC Player of the week for men's soccer. He and Mario Watts each have four goals and four assists on the year

10/15/95 What a week for the Jeffs! On Monday, the team travelled to Maine to play Colby. They won that game, 3-1. On Wednesday, the hosted Wheaton College, the number 2 team in New England, and beat them 2-0. George Langendorf scored both of Amherst's goals, and Kevin Larner recorded the shutout. Those fans who attended the game would agree that the Jeffs looked great. They dominated the game: their offense controlled the ball, and their defense shut down the Wheaton Attack.

The biggest game of the week, however, was against Williams on Saturday. Williams, ranked #1 in the nation, was certainly going to be a test, but the Jeffs played aggressively and returned to Amherst with a 1-1 tie. With the score 0-0 after the end of regulation, the two teams played two overtime periods. At 95:12 , williams took the lead with a goal by Nick Tribat. The Jeffs responded, however , with a goal by Mario Watts at 110:00. Overall, the Jeffs have to be pretty happy with the tie. They came from behind and tied a very good williams team. It will be interesting to see where Amherst will be ranked in New England after the week. They were at #5 before defeating #2 Wheatron and tying williams.

10/8/95 The men's soccer team lost its first game of the year on Saturaday against a tough Middlebury team. The final score was 1-0, and it was close throughout. Middlebury has an excellent goalie, and we were unable to get the ball past him. It is unfortunate to lose, but Coach Banda still believes the Jeffs are in good shape as they prepare for Williams and Tufts, two teams ranked ahead of the Jeffs in the New England standings.

On Tueday, the Jeffs beat Trinity Collge 2-0. Mario Watts and Miggy Alcivar scored for the Jeffs, and Kevin Larner recorded his 3rd shutout of the season.

10/1/95 Amherst enters October undefeated and ranked number 8 in New England. Currently, they are 3-0-2. Yesturday, the team played Bowdoin College and beat them convincingly, 3-1. In that game, Rejji Hays, George Langendorf, and Miggy Alcivar each scored off of passes from Jeff Mazer, Tim Christian, and Mario Watts, repectively. Freshman goalie Kevin Larner remained undefeated by saving 7 shots.

Last weekend, the team travelled to Connecticut College, where they won a close game, 2-1. The next day, they travelled to Lewiston, ME, to play Bates. In that game, neither team could generate much offense, and Amherst returned with a 0-0 tie.

9/18/95 The Amherst men's soccer team went 1-0-1 last week.They opened the season with a 3-3 tie at Brandeis University, a game Coach Banda was not happy with. The Jeffs had leads of 1-0 and 3-1, but could not hold on. On Saterday, the team traveled to UMass-Dartmouth, where they won 3-0. Coach Banda said the team played well. he was especially pleased with the cohesiveness that they showed on the field.


Women's Soccer

11/6/95 The Amherst Women's Soccer Team had their best season ever, ending with a final record of 14-1-1 and advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. Led by a strong core of seniors and a talented crop of freshman, sophomores, and juniors, Coach Morganhas much to be excited about, both for this season and for the future of Women's soccer at Amherst.

On Saturday, the Jeffs avenged their only loss of the regualr season, defeating Bowdoin College 1-0 in the Regional Round of the NCAA tournament. Beth Leonard scored the game's only goal at 18:53, lofting a perfectly placed goal over the Bowdoin goalie's head and into the net. Amherst controlled most of the game, due to strong play from the defense who shut down Bowdoin's biggest offensive threats. Amherst goalie Cassie Abodeely recorded her 11th shutout of the year and the Jeffs advanced to the round of the "Elite Eight", to play Richard Stockton College (NJ) on Sunday.

Sunday's game was a brutal, hard-fought contest that lasted for over 2 and a half hours, and resulted in an Amherst defeat and Richard Stockton College advancign to the NCAA Final Four. Stockton will advance out of what was considered the most difficult region in the NCAA tournament; all four teams wer ranked in the nation's top 12, and Trenton state College, who Stockton beat on Saturday, was the reigning two-time national champion.

The game was even throughout. Amherst scored first, on a goal by freshman Anne Berktau (Wilton, CT) at 28:55. Berktau's goal came after a shot by Eleanor Hickerson hit of the crossbar and deflected towards the middle of the box. For Berktau, it was her third goal of the season and first of the post-season. The game remained 1-0 for over 45 minutes, when Vanessa Dickinson of Stockton College kicked in a reflected shot at 78:57.

In both the regular overtime and the sudden death overtime, neither team was ble to score, and the game was to be decided by penalty kicks. Stockton forward Marci Williams switched to goalie and stopped Amherst's first two penalty kicks. Cassie Abodeely stopped Stockton's third penalty kick, but that wasn't enough, and Stockton won the shootout, 4-2.

For her postseason play, sophomore Ellie Hickerson was named NESCAC Player of the week. While Coach Morgan will sorely miss her seniors, with players like Hickerson, freshmen forwards Katie Hersey, Anne Berktau, and Katie Misset, and Juniors Beth Leonard (leading scorer) and Kate Staaf, the women's soccer team looks to continue its quest for an NCAA crown in the coming years.

10/29/95 With Saturday's win over Tufts, the team finished the regular season with a 13-1 record and awaits their bid to the NCAA Tournament. Against Tufts, Shaunette Richards scored once and assisted another goal, and Amherst won 3-1. Beth Leonard and Erica Johnson also scored. The 13-1 record is the best that the women's team has ever finished and they should be favorites coming out of New England in the NCAA's. They find out about the NCAA's on Sunday night.

10/22/95 The women's soccer team is the 1995 little three champions! With their 4-3 Homecoming victory over Wesleyan, the Jeffs won their second consecutive little three title. Beth Leonard scored twice, and Anne Berktau and Kathleen Misset also scored. Amherst jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead, but Wesleyan rallied to make the game close. Amherst has won 7 games in a row, and Wesleyan's goals were the first goals scored on them in the month of October, a streak spanning 6 games.

On Wednesday, the Jeffs played Nichols College and won that game 4-0. Laura Kochansky and Shaunette Richards each scored twice, as the 10-4 Nichols was clearly overmatched from the get-go. Cassie Abodeely got te shutout- her ninth of the year. Last week, freshman Katie Hersey was named NESCAC Player of the Week for women's soccer.

10/15/95 The women's team traveled to Williamstown on Saturday and came home victorious! Both Amherst and williams entered the game with strong record (Amherst was 9-1 and Williams was 8-1) but the Jeffs prevailed. Freshman Kathryn Hersey scored the games only goal at 31:55 to give the Jeffs the win. Next Saturday, they play Wesleyan. If they win, they will hold onto last year's Little Three Title for a second year. Goalie Cassie Abodeely recorded her 5th consecutive save and her 9th of the season.

On Thursday, Amherst played Mount Holyoke College They won that game 3-0. It was pretty one-sided, as Mount Holyoke only managed 6 shots. Amherst is now 10-1 and off to their best start ever.

10/8/95 At 8-1, the Jeffs are of to their best start ever! This week, they dominated in two games and won both: a 1-0 victory over Clark in the rain, and a 2-0 win over Middlebury. Against Clark, Laura Kochansky scored the team's only goal, and against Middlebury, Beth Leonard and Allison Segal scored. Goalie Cassie Abodeely recorded her 7th shutout of the season. For the year, Cassie and the Amherst defense have ginven up only 4 goals. Right now, theJeffs are ranked #2 in New England dehind Bowdoin, who they lost to last weekend. next week, they travel to Williamstown to meet the 8-1 Ephs. It should be a great game, and everyone is excited for it.

10/1/95 The Jeffs had two games this weekend: a tough 2-1 overtime loss to Bowdoin College, and a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory over Colby. Their record now stands at 6-1.

In the Bowdoin game, freshman Kate Hersey scored early, but the Jeffs were unable to hold onto the lead. Today, against Colby, the Jeffs scored with only 1:00 to go in the second and final overtime against a tough (and undefeated) Colby squad. Rachel Thopson scored the goal for Amherst. The win gives Amherst two victories on the season that they have won in the last 4 minutes of the final overtime period.

9/26/95 The women's soccer team has a lot to be happy about this week. After today's victory against Wheaton their record stands at 5-0 and they are ranked #2 in New England (behind Williams). In addition, Cassie Abodeely was named NESCAC player of the week last week for her three consecutive shutouts. Today was her fourth.

Today, on a rain soaked field, the Amherst team completely dominated Wheaton College. The Jeffs scored early and often with Shaunette Richards scoring at 4:58 on an unassisted goal to take the lead. Kate Cinella quickly followed Richards' lead at 9:54 on a goal assisted by Beth Leonard. Just three minutes later the Jeffs put the game away with a third goal, unassisted, by Kate Hersey. Later in the game, Cinella took a pass from Shaunette Richards and scored her second goal of the day. Abodeely had five saves for the shutout.

9/18/95 The women's soccer team is 2-0, and have been playing very well. On Wednesday, the team opened the season at Smith College and won, 3-2. They then came home on Saturday to face Trinity and won 3-0. Coach Morgan was pleased with Saturday's performance. She said that Trinity really came at them in the first 15 minutes and that the Jeffs held off the Trinity attack very well. Freshmen Kathryn Hersey scored her 2nd goal in as many games, and Junior Beth Leonard had 2 assists, giving her three for the season.

The victory was especially pleasing because Amherst lost to Trinity last year, 1-0.


Field Hockey

11/7/95 The Amherst Field Hockey team ended the season with an impressive 9-6-1 record, and made it to the semi-finals of the ECAC tournament. Led by a strong and talented core of upperclassmen and sparked by a large and enthusiastic group of freshman, the Jeffs improved tremendously from last year's season and established themselves as a team to beat in NESCAC field hockey.

In the first round of the ECAC Tournament, Amherst, the number-two seed, defeated number seven MIT 1-0. Heather Kestner scored the game-winning goal on a break-way with only 9:28 remaining in the second half. For Kestner, Amherst's second leading scoreer, the goal was her ninth of the season.

The Amherst defense played well, shutting down the 12-3 Engineers. Jessica Rich saved 6 shots for the Jeffs, and recorded her fifth shutout of the year. With the win, Amherst advanced to the semi-finals, which were held at Amherst on Saturday the fourth.

On Saturday the Jeffs faced Bowdoin College, a team they had beaten 1-0 in the regular season. But the history between the two teams goes back to the ECAC semi-finals in 1993 when Amherst beat Bowdoin on their home field, knocking them out of the tournament. The Polar Bears travelled to the Pioneer Valley with revenge on their mind.

Heather Kestner scored early in the game, on an assist from Liz Roth and the chances of the Jeffs advancing to the finals looked good. Bowdoin, however, bounced back towards the end of the first half, and tied the game at 1. The two teams battled it out to a tie at the end of regulation and sent the game into sudden death. Unfortuneately, for the Jeffs, it was very much of a "sudden death", as Bowdoin scored after 6 minutes of play and crushed the hope of an ECAC victory for Amherst.

Amherst loses 4 seniors this year whose shoes should be difficult to fill. Forward Beth Foley was tied with Kestner for the most goals in the season (10) and has been an starting offensive threat for four years. Foley was named a Second Team All-American last year, and this year was honored as one of 15 Division Three players chosen to play in the Division III North-South Senior All-Star game at Wake Forest University. Eugenia Chow is tied with freshman Kelley Brown with 5 goals for the season, and along with Captain Erica Edell, anchors the Amherst midfield. And forward Heidi Mohlman, who was out for most of the season with a knee injury but made it back for the last 4 games will be sorely missed. Junior Laura McAloon had this to say about the season: "We had a great season. The team really came together under the senior's leadership and showed the rest of the conference what we are capable of. The future of Amherst field hockey looks bright with the talent we have and the enthusiasm from this season."

10/29/95 While the team had a tough week, they are still optimistic about being selected for post-season play. On Tuesday, they tied Smith College in overtime, 1-1, and on Saturday, they lost to Tufts, 1-0 in overtime. Currently, the team's record stands at 8-5-1. They will find out whether they will be selected to the ECAC Tournament in the next couple of days, and if they are, they will play on Wednesday.

10/21/95 The women's field hockey team shut out Little III foe Wesleyan 3-0 on Saturday for an important win. Liz Roth opened the scoring for Amherst in the first half, and then the Jeffs really turned it on in the second stanza. Heather Kestner struck first off a corner play to give Amherst a 2-goal cushion, and points leader Beth Foley hammered the final nail in Wesleyan's coffin by redirecting a ball sent by Kelley Brown into the cage with four minutes left in the game. Goalie Jess Rich racked up 11 saves for Amherst.

10/15/95 It was a tough week for the women's field hockey team. They played two tough games and unfortunately, both ended in loses. On Thursday, the Jeffs hosted Clark. Amherst dominated the game, but it waws Clark that ended up victorious, scoring the games only goal with only 4:11 left in the second half. On Saturday, the Jeffs played Williams in Williamstown. Williams jumped out to an early lead, but Beth Foley tied the game before the half with her 7th goal of the year. In the second half, Williams scored again, giving them a 2-1 lead. Amherst would regrouped and rallyied, but were unable to score again, and Williams won the game. Next week, the Jeffs play WNEC and Wesleyan. It will be interesting to see how they regroup. They are 6-4 now, and if they win 3 of their final four games, they should be in retty good shape to be selected for a post-season tournament.

10/8/95 Notch another win in the victory column for the Jeffs. With a 2-1 victory over Middlebury, Amherst improved its record to 6-2. Before the game, they were ranked #6 in New England, and with the victory, they may move up a spot or two. Beth Foley scored and had an assist for the Jeffs. The goal was her 6th of the year, and with 14 point, she is the team's leading scorer. Senior Eugenia Chow also scored for the Jeffs.

10/1/95 The field hockey team has bouced back from a two game skid. This weekend, they defeated Bowdoin on Saturday and then Colby on Sunday, making their record 5-2.

Against Bowdoin, freshman Kelly Brown scored with one minute remaining in the first half to give Amherst a 1-0 lead. That goal, it turns out, was the only scoring of the game, and Amherst won, 1-0. Against Colby, Beth Foley scored early to give Amherst a 1-0 lead, and then Kelly Brown added two goals, giving Amherst a 3-0 victory.

9/26/95 Going into Saturday's game against Conn College the Jeffs were ranked #5 in New England. The team was undefeated and had scored 12 goals in just 3 games. Unfortuneately, extremely slow field conditions and a tough Camel squad combined for the team's first loss of the season. Coach Paradis remains undaunted however and was pleased with her team's play and excited for the remainder of the season. "Some great things happened on the field on Saturday. Heather Kestner had an incredible aerial shot off of a corner play that Jeans scored off of. We've been working on that shot along with a lot of other aspects of play and the team is really starting to come together." The field hockey team plays at Trinity on Wednesday and then prepares for two games this weekend against Bowdoin and Colby.

9/18/95 The field hockey team is 2-0 and Coach Paradis couldn't be more happy with the team's play. On Wednesday, they defeated Mount Holyoke 4-1, which is more goals than Amherst has scored in a long time. On Saturday, they traveled to WPI and beat the Engineers, 3-1. A number of freshmen have been playing, so things are looking up for the field hockey team.


Women's Tennis

10/25/95 The women's tennis team tied for first in the NESCAC tournament on Sunday but wasn't completely satisfied, mainly because the team they tied with was Williams. The Jeffs had been undefeated the entire fall, but a lackluster effort at NESCAC's did not deliver the final blow. Both Laura Keith and Ting Yu, Amherst's top two-ranked players, fell in singles. They also lost together in the doubles bracket. Pam Diamond won the three-singles bracket and teamed with Nelly Steinberg to knock off their Williams opponent in doubles, 6-0, 6-0. Besides Diamond, the only other person to win her singles bracket was Suzanne Santola.

10/10/95 The women's tennis team had a very successful Rolex Invitational that was highlighted by freshman Laura Keith's singles championship. En route to this title, Keith beat her opponents from Wellesley and Colby by identical 6-1, 6-0 scores and knocked off Amherst teammate Neely Steinberg 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. Steinberg had earlier knocked off the number six seed from Colby. Keith culminated her title by dispatching teammates Ting Yu and Pam Diamond, winning the championship match over Diamond 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. Diamond had a big win in the tournament, knocking off Colby's number one seed, who had beaten Keith in the team's dual meet earlier in the year.

Amherst was also victorious in doubles, as the team of Steinberg and Diamond outlasted their Amherst counterparts Keith and Yu in the finals.

10/1/95 The tennis team went 2-0 this weekend. The team swept Bowdoin 9-0, and then later in the day, they defeated Colby 6-3. More Stats later...

9/18/95 the tennis team opened their season on Saturday at Trinity College and won, 9-0. This year's team is very young, having lost their number one and two players to graduation. In fact, three of this year's top four are freshmen, but each won their respective matches pretty easily. In addition, in the nine matches played on Saturday, Amherst lost only one set.

9/5/95 Coach Jackie Bagwell seems very pleased with the 1995-1996 team. While she must adjust her lineup to deal with the loss of her number one and two players from last year, she looks forward to another successful season.

Coach Bagwell, who brings a 47-8 five year record at Amherst into this season, feels that the combination of experienced upperclassmen and talented freshmen should result in a successsful squad. Co- Captains Freya Billow and Peggy Soung will lead the team, while freshmen Pam Diamond, Laura Keith, and Neely Steinberg should make immediate contributions to the team.

The team opens the season in Trinity on Sept 16 and opens the home schedule Sept. 26 against Tufts. Other matches to watch are against Skidmore on Sept 23 and Williams on Oct. 14.


Women's Vollyball

11/7/95 The Amherst Women's Volleyball team went 2 and 2 this past weekend, at the NESCAC Tournament held at Connecticut College. The Jeffs lost a close match to Colby in 3 games, 13-15, 17-15, 13-15, and succumbed to a tough Bates squad 2-0. However, the team registered resounding wins over perennial rivals Wesleyan and Bowdoin, crushing both teams in straight games.

Amherst players received individual honors over the weekend: Courtney Longstreth was named to both the NESCAC All-Tournament Team and the All NESCAC Team. Teammate Laura Becvar was also named to the All NESCAC squad. With strong individual as well as team play over the weekend, Coach Sue Everden eagerly awaits the ECAC Tournament, to be held this weekend at Wellsley College.

10/29/95 The volleyball team is 26-8, and Coach Everden is excited for post-season play. Last week, the Jeffs were three and two, beating Mount Holyoke, Middlebury and Hamilton, but losing to Coast Guard (# 2 in New England) and Williams. On Tuesday, they have a very important match against MIT. MIT is a very good team, and Amherst has already beaten them once this year. A win would also give Coach Everden her 200th victory at Amherst.

10/25/95 The volleyball team reached the finals of the Hall of Fame Tournament before bowing out to Springfield College, the top-ranked team in New England, by a 2-0 score. In the tournament, Amherst downed MIT, Brandeis, Bridgewater State and Bates, winning each match except the Bridgewater State match by 2-0 scores. On Tuesday, the Jeffs knocked off Smith, which was ranked ahead of them in teh NCAA New England Poll. In that win, Amherst had to battle back from a 12-15 first game loss, winning the last two stanzas 15-8, 15-8. The Jeffs now stand at 23-6.

10/15/95 This weekend, the Lord Jeffs hosted the Little Three Tournamenent, but the Little Three title went to Williams. Amherst defeated Wesleyan in straight games (15-7)(15-4) but then dropped two to Williams (7-15) (8-15). Courtney Longstreth served two aces, spiked 17 kills, dug 14 kill attempts, and blocked 40 hits on the weekend.

10/8/95 The Women's Volleyball team is off to a 14-4 start and is preparing for the little three championships next weekend. This weekend, they played in and swept the Bowdoin Invitational. Courtney Longstreth led the team and was named to the all-Tournament Team. Longstreth totaled 31 Kills, 19 blocks, and 22 defensive digs. Laura Becvar and Kristen Edgar were also impressive, notching up 14 and 17 kills, respectively. Edgar also served up 8 aces on the day. Setters Liz Delsman and Allie Hsiao set things up for the Jeffs (as they should) and registered 191 assists on the day.

The team remains undefeated in NESCAC competition and looks forward to next week's little three chapionships.

9/18/95 The women's vollyball team is 3-2, having beaten Clark University 3-0 and then split four games at the Vasser Tournament. The team, according to head coach Sue Everden is playing well together. For the fans, the high-flying Jeffs are prtty fun to watch. Senior Captain Greta Green continues to dominate. On Wednesday against Clark, she had a number of kills. Freshmen Erin Greenspun has impressed everybody, from the Amherst coaches to the Vasser Sports information office, who called to talk about her! Greenspun, from Santa Monica, CA has brought excelleny skills as well as power to the Amherst team, and has been fun to watch.

9/5/95 Coach Everden has only good things to say about his years team. Not only does Amherst return an experienced unit of upperclassmen, but they also,like so many other teams this year, have a talented core of freshmen.

Amherst fans should be excited that Courtney Longstreth returns to the team. After earning All-NESCAC homors in her freshmen and sophomore years, a first for the Amherst women's vollyball team, Courtney spent the last year in Germany. This year, Coach Everden feels she can compete for ECAC player of the year.

In addition, this year's squad will be the tallest to hit the courts for at least the past 5 years. With an average hight of 5'9", the Jeffs should play an exciting and aggressive game that will keep fans on their feet.


Men's Golf

10/25/95 The Amherst men's golf team captured third place at the New England Championships on Cape Cod. The team was not completely satisfied, however, because entering the second and final day of the tournament, they were in second place just three shots behind powerhouse Babson. Erik Hardenbergh led the way on the first day, making four birdies on the back half of the course to score a 74. On the second day, however, the Jeffs shot 13 strokes higher as a team than they had the day before, and Salem State jumped over them to finish second behind Babson. Dave Fiorentino is the most popular guy on the golf team right now: his victory in the bunker skills competition won Coach Jack Arena and every player on the team a Cleveland Classic sand wedge.

10/5/95 What a year for Amherst golf! Head Coach Jack Arena has his men and women working hard, and his infamous coaching style is working! Keep on running Memorial Hill with those golf clubs in hand!

Last weekend, the men's team travelled to Williams town for the NESCAC Championships. When they returned, they held the winners cup in hand. The team's two day total of 618 was good enough for a four-stroke win over Williams College and a 28 stroke win over the third place team, Middlebury College. For the Jeffs, Stephen Brandt finished the tournament with a 79-73, good for second place. Tom Carideo and Dave Fiorentino finished with 154's after two days, good enough for a share of 6th place. Eric Harenbergh, who's 75 after day one had him in 2nd place, shot a 81 on day-two and finished in 8th place. Says Jack Arena about his team's performance, "It's great to win the tournament again. Our kids have worked really hard on their games, and they deserve to be NESCAC champions. Hopefully, this is a trophy we will hod onto for a while."

The women, meanwhile, have also played well of late. At the Mount Holyoke Invitational, their combined score of 384 was good for second place. Sophomore Elena Gadient led the team with an 84. At the Dartmouth Invitational earlier in the year, Captain Robin Bubb led the squad with a 94-94 and the team finished with a 783 two-day total. Coach Arena thinks that the women's team will only get better, as they are very young. Three freshmen and three sophomores make up six of their top players.


Men's and Women's Cross Country

9/18/95 Congradulations go out to the men's cross country team. This past Saturday, they won the 3rd annual Amherst Invitational, scoring 44 points in the 8K race. Last year, the team finished 7th out of 7 teams, whic hmakes this year's victory in the 10-team race even more pleasing.

In the same meet, the women did not fare as well. They finished 11th out of 12 teams because they did not have enough runners to make up a complete squad.


Men's and Women's Rugby

10/6/95 The woman's rugby team had another stron gshowing against Yale this weekend, winning both games decisively. In its first official NERFU game of the season, the A-side used its knowledge of Yale's play, gained in the first round of last week's tournament, to defeat the Elis. Tries were scored by flanker Nicole Roux '96, Katie Miller '96 and Alison Kienke '99. For Kienke, it was only her second A-Side game.Delia Morris scored a 3 point penalty kick, giving Amherst a 18-0 victory. The squad played very well on defense, stopping a number of late Yale efforst and preserving the shutout.

The B-Side matched the A-Side in determination and fire, shutting out an experienced Yale team. Two rookies, Alicia Schuyler and Shelby Hawker, scored tries, giving Amherst a 10-0 victory. The B-side, which has been experimenting with its lineup, is full of remarkable strong players and has shown great promise for the rest of the season.

Both Sides will play UMass on Saturday, October 14 at UMAss.

9/26/95 On September 23 and 24, the Amherst Women's Rugby team displayed its strength in the Annual Beantown Collegiate Tournament at the University of Massachusetts. Playing with characteristic intensity and drive, the A and B squads ended the weekend at third and fourth place after three grueling games each.

A try by senior Katie Miller, who powered through several opponents to score, helped the A-side beat an improved Yale team 5-0. Facing archrival Dartmouth later in the day, the A-side was unable to organize the group effort needed to keep their opponents out of the try zone until the second half, when Darmouth was held scoreless and senior scrum half Jessie Tracy scored a picture-perfect diving try. Unfortuneately, the comeback was too late and Dartmouth won 14-5. On Sunday, senior backs co-captain Delia Morris scored a technical try against Williams when she was tackled without the ball. Morris went on to make a penalty kick, leaving the final score at 8-0.

The B-side played a beautiful match against Yale, inspired by two early runs from midfield into the try zone, one from sophomore Jill Roche and one from freshman sensation Alison Kienke. Kienke also made an impressive showing in her A-side debut on Sunday. The B-side's scores in the remaining games didn't reflect its commendable effort against Williams' perenially strong B-side and Wellesley's big, ferocious A-side.

The Beantown tournament was a chance for the team to experiment with positions--this year's roster shows a remarkable versatility--and to prepare for upcoming league competition by getting to know our opponents' games. The team will face Yale at home on September 30.

10/25/95 There haven't been any men's rugby updates for a month because the team has still not found the time to report any information for this space. C'est la vie...

9/26/95 Coming off a disapointing 24-15 loss to UCONN the Men's Rugby Team was faced with an away game at Brown (A perinial 'Super League' powerhouse). A bigger and extremely well drilled Brown team dominated the Lord Jeffs for the entire first half. In the second half the Jeffs played Brown evenly and the pack began to assert some control over their Brown counterparts but the Brown backs could notbe shut down. Although Amherst scored two tries they were no match for Brown's four tries and numerous penalty kicks and conversions over the course of the game. The Amherst tries were scored by full back Bob Machamer and Inside Center Brett Lofreddo. Brown is one of Amherst's toughest games of the season.Thus the team is fairly pleased with its offensive production considering the quality of their opponent and the offensive output of Amherst teams of past years. Amherstis looking forward to their meeting with Holy Cross this Saterday on Memorial field. The Lord Jeffs have beaten Holy Cross in the last two outings and hope to defeat them this coming week for their first league win of the year. Final Score form Saterday's Game (Brown 34-Amherst 10)

9/18/95 we are still waiting for the men's rugby team to report their game summeries. They are the only teams not to do so, so please bear with us until we have more information to report. The women open up next week in the Beantown Tournament.

9/11/95 The men's and women's rugby schedules are in. for the men's team, the schedule is as follows:

9/16 UCONN, Away 9/23 Dartmouth, Away 9/30 Brown, Away 10/7 Holy Cross, Home 10/14 UMass, Away 10/21 Boston University, Home 10/28 Harvard, Home 11/4 Williams, Away. * All games begin at 12:00 PM

For the women:

9/23-9/24, Beantown Tournament. 9/30, Yale , Home 10/7, Williams, Home 10/14 UMass, AWAY 10/21 UVM, Away 10/28 Dartmouth, AWAY 11/4-11/5 NERFU Championships, TBA vs. Williams

In addition, the women's team has this to say about the coming season:

After losing only 5 seniors from its a-side team, the club starts the season with a long roster of seasoned veterans We believe our club has both depth and flexibility to recover, and we are capable of altering our style of game if we need to. In addition, we should be able to fill three sides, giving us one of the largest Rugby clubs in New England.

Last year, we placed 2nd in the NERFU championships and we have every reason to believe that this season is going to be just as successful.


Men's Water Polo

9/11/95 Embracing the new year with unprecendented numbers, Amerherst College Water Polo promises to build on last years impressive season. For those unaware, our Penguins ranked in the top five of the country in both Div. III varsity polls, and the club national poll. All but one member of last years team is back, including six starters and all our back-ups. With the added talent of Tim Lesser, senior exchange student from Bowdoin, and fourteen new first year player, our team looks as strong as ever. What our new troops lack in experience, they make up for in enthusiasm. Our dryland practice saw record-breaking quantities of workout consumed.

With practice already started adn our first scrimmage securely beneath our belt buckle, our YO-HO Penguins are ready to launch into the season. Our goal of a national championship is lofty, but as our motto "Get Up and Shoot" suggests, we're confident we can put the ball in the cage. And, of course, re-occuring demolishings of the ephs are expected. Watch for all New-England players Rory Laverty and Dave Espinosa to pave the way with scoring, Scott Varho to shut-down the hole, Jim Scharf to run the offense, and Carter Roy to ensure multiple shut-outs.

Any Penguin alumni on campus in the fall will be sure to find the proper traditions carried out in style and are obliged by duty and loyalty to join us.


Men's and Women's Crew

The crew team has yet to report any activities.