Amherst College Winter Sports:

The winter season is in full stride, and at this point, every team but one has a winning record. Here at Amherst, we are expecting a cold and white winter, which means there will be little to do except follow the Amherst teams! Read on to find out how the various winter teams are doing.

Both the men's hockey team and the men's squash team have their own home pages which they will update during the season. To access these pages, you must go back to the "Team Information and Statistics Page" and click where it says "Men's Hockey" or "Men's Squash." You cannot access these two teams from the page you are currently on.

Men's Basketball
3/3/96 The Amherst College men's basketball team is the 1996 ECAC Champions! For the second consecutive year, Amherst has won the ECAC title. This year, Amherst was the #1 seed. In the first round, played on Wednesday, Amherst defeated Rhode Island College by a score of 95-72. Dan Moses led Amherst with 20 points. In the semi-finals, Amherst defeated Connecticut College by a score of 73-59. Again Moses led the team. He scored 18 points and added 7 rebounds. Jamal Wilson and John Pavelski each scored 17 points. In the finals played today, Amherst defeated Colby College, 66-64. It was an even game troughout, with Amherst taking a 33-30 halftime lead. Colby took the lead early in the second half, but the Jeffs ralied and regained the lead with 8 minutes to play. Amherst hit 5 of 6 key free throws towards the end of the game, and a Colby player missed a game-tying shot from 15 feet with 4 seconds to play.

A number of milestones were set with the win. Amherst won its fourth ECAC title, an accomplishment matched only by Trinity College. In addition, the win was the 76 career victory for seniors Dan Moses, Keith Poopor, and Warren Symon, making them the winningest class in Amherst basketball history. The class of '89 won 75 games in four years. Also, the win was coach Hixon's 295th of his career, tying him with Rick Wilson for the most wins by an Amherst basketball coach. Hixon, however, needed 10 less seasons to reach the 295 mark. He is currently 295-166.

Keith Poopor and Jamal Wilson were named ECAC Tournament Co-MVPs. Wilson scored 24 points in the ECAC Final game and Poopor scored 10, added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Early in the first half, Poopor grabbed his 100th steal of the season. he holds Amherst's single season steal record with 103. He finishes the season with an average of 3.81 steals per game.

Amherst finishes the season with a 21-6 record.

2/25/96 The men's basketball team finished the regular season with a 18-6 record and a five-game winning streak. Onfortunately, that is not enough to earn them a bid to the NCAA tournament. Amherst will probably be a one or two seed in the ECAC Tournament. Those brackets come out on Monday.

In the past week, Amherst has defeated Tufts (89-86) and Skidmore (97-85). Against Tufts, the Jeffs rallied from 12 points down with just under 8 minutes to play to take the lead with only 1:35 left and eventually win the game. Jamal Wilson led the team with 21 points. On Saturday against Skidmore, Wilson scored 24 points, Dan Moses added 16 points and 9 assists, Chris Akers scored 18 points, and Keith Poopor scored 19 points. Poopor added two steals in the game, giving him 87 for the year and breaking his team single-season steal record of last year. He finished the regular season with 87 steals.

2/18/96 With two games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Lord Jeffs are 16-6 and trying to grab a bid to the NCAA Tournament. If they finish the season at 18-6, they will have a good chance of being selected. Last week, the Jeffs went 2-0. On Wednesday, they defeated Trinity College by a score of 83-72. Amherst played about as well as they have in the last 10 of 15 games, and were winning by 15-20 points for almost the entire game. Jamal Wilson hit for 21 points, dan Moses added 18 points, and Keith Poopor scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had an impressive 7 steals.

On Saturday, Amherst defeated Wesleyan University by a score of 51-40. Amherst shot only 25% in the first half, but went on a 18-2 run early in the second half to earn the Little Three win. Keith Poopor had another outstanding game. He scored 13 points, had 10 rebounds and grabbed 5 steals. In the last four games, he is averaging 6.5 steals per game.On Tuesday, the Jeffs play Tufts in Medford, MA, at 7:30 p.m.

2/11/96 The men's basketball team split two games this week, making their record 14-6. On Thursday, the Jeffs lost to Brandeis by a score of 93-84. According to Coach Hixon, the Jeffs did not play as well defensively as he would have liked, which is evident in the season-high 93 points that they allowed. On Saturday, the jeffs defeated Little Three rivals Wesleyan by a score of 81-76. The Cardinals held a 10-point halftime lead, but Amherst scored 54 second-half points en route to the five point victory. John Pavelski led the team with 19 points, including 4 three pointers. Dan Moses added 17 points. Amherst plays again on Wednesday, when they host Trinity College. It will be the last home game for the seniors.

2/4/96 The men's basketball team suffered a tough loss to Williams yesturday. It was a great game, played in a packed LeFrak Gymnasium (estimated attendance was 2,500). Williams had the lead for almost the entire game, but it was never more than six, and most of the time it was around three. In the game's final minutes, the Ephs had three break away layups (dunks is a better word), and they won by a final score of 79-67. Jamal Wilson had 17 points for Amherst, and Dan Moses added 16. John Pavelski had a good game, scoring 14 points and adding 12 rebounds. Amherst plays again on Thursday, at Brandeis.

1/28/96 The men's basketball team won two big games this week: a 92-72 victory over 9-2 Southern Vermont, and a 86-77 win over NESCAC rival Hamilton on Saturday afternoon. The Southern Vermont game was a big one for Co-Captain Dan Moses. In the first half, he passed Ben Batory on the all-time scoring list and moved into 10th place, and in the second half, he hit a free throw to give him 1000 career points, a feat only nine other AMherst players have accomplished. Moses received a standing ovation from the crowd and a group hug from his teammates after hitting the free throw.

Jamal Wilson two great games for Amherst. Against Southern Vermont, he scored 24 points, and against Hamilton, he put in a career-high 30 points and added 9 rebounds.Amherst has the next week off. They play on Saturday, Feb. 3 against Williams at 8:00 p.m. . It should be a big crowd, so get their early if you are going.

1/21/96 The men's basketball team continues to struggle. After a 107-82 thrashing of Connecticut College on Tuesday, the team traveled to Maine for a weekend double-header against Bowdoin and Colby. Unfortunately, the Jeffs lost both games. Against Conn. College, Jamal Wilson led Amherst with 28 points, two of which came on perhaps LeFrak Gymnasium's best dunk ever. Needless to say, the crowd went nuts when they saw (and heard) the slam. Against Bowdoin, the Jeffs shot poorly, and lost by 15 points. Colby was more of the same. Final scores: Bowdoin 80-Amherst 65, Colby 75-Amherst 70.

Senior Co-Captain Dan Moses needs just 13 points to reach the 1000 mark for his career. He also needs just three points to pass Ben Batory (94) and to become Amherst's 10th all-time leading scorer. Congratulations Dan.

Although the Jeffs have lost four of their last five, they are still in contention for a bid to the NCAA Tournament. They are 11-4 so far this season, and Coach Hixon believes that 5 or six losses can still earn a bid. Amherst will play its next home game (Wednesday) on a new floor. As they wait for a wood floor of their own, Amherst has borrowed the wood floor from the Villanove Wildcats. It is kind of nice to have a successful Division I school's floor on the ground, but it does look silly, considering the floor says "Wildcats" all over it. Too bad there are no other "Lord Jeffs" out there whose floor we could borrow.

Women's Basketball
3/3/96 Entering the ECAC Tournament, the women's basketball team was seeded second. In the first round, the Jeffs defeated Smith College by a score of 70-62. Katie Hersey led Amherst with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Janinne Noel chipped in 14 points and made four three-pointers. The same day that Amherst won the quarterfinal game, #1 seed Wheaton College lost, meaning that Amherst would host the ECAC tournament. In the semi-finals, held in LeFrak Gymnasium this weekend, Amherst lost to Clark University (the eventual ECAC Champions) by a score of 82-53. Clark's Meegan Garrity scored 36 points, and the Jeffs could not keep pace. Janinne Noel led Amehrst with 9 points. It was the first time all season that no Amherst player reached double-digits in scoring.

Amherst finishes the season with an 18-7 record, which is their best since the 18-7 team of 1988-89. They have accomplished this year what few could have predicted. After all, they won only 15 games in '94 and '95 combined. In addition, they return their top five scorers next year. So things are looking up for the Jeffs.

2/18/96 The regular season is over, and the Jeffs are 17-6. It has been a great year so far, and now the team will wait a week to learn of their post-season status. They have an excellent shot at the NCAA Tournament because they have defeated four top-ten teams. In the last two years combined, the Jeffs won only 15 games-- what a turnaround!

This week, they went 2-0, with wins over Trinity (76-59) and Wesleyan (76-27). Against Trinity, Sara Rinaldi, Nora McCartney and Katie Hersey each had 14 points, while Hersey added 12 boards. Amherst led by 19 at halftime, and the Bantams never really had a shot. Against Wesleyan, every Amherst player played and 13 of 14 scored. Sarah Rinaldi was the only player to score in double-digets. She had 10 points.

2/11/96 Another successfull week for the Lord Jeffs. On Thursday, the Jeffs defeated Smith College for the first time in the 90's. The game was pretty ugly to watch, as neither team shot particularly well (21% combined from the floor) and there were over 50 turnovers. Late in the game, Kate Sullivan and Nora McCartney hit some clutch free throws, and the Jeffs went on to win by a score of 40-34.

On Saturday, Amherst hosted Little Three rivals Wesleyan University. Amherst scored the game's first 17 points, and it wasn't until 10:33 left in the first half that Wesleyan even scored. Every Amherst player saw action in the game, and 10 different players scored. Janinne Noel had 19 points, including 5 of 6 shooting from three-point land. Her 5 three pointers is a team record for a single game. Amherst is now 15-6 on the year, and they host Trinity College on Tuesday.

2/4/96 The women lost a great game to Williams on Saturday by a score of 54-53. In a packed LeFrak Gymnasium (Est. attendance around 2,300), Amherst and Williams battled it out for 40 minutes. With 5.8 seconds remaining in the game and Amherst down by two, Amherst's Kate Cinella was fouled. She made her first free throw, but then missed the second. Amherst's Sam Ince got the rebound on the miss, but her shot attempt was no good, and as the two teams scrambled for the rebound, the final clock sounded. Amherst's Katie Hersey had 16 points and 8 rebouds, while Nora McCartney and Janinne Noel both had 12 points. Amherst plays again on Thursday, when they host Smith College.

Women's Hockey
The women's hockey team finished their first varsity season with a 14-1 thrashing of UMass. Jess Frisch scored 4 goals and added 2 assists, while April Zenisky added 2 goals and 2 assists. The game was a good indicator of how the Jeffs have improved over the course of the year. Earlier in the season, Amherst could only manage a 7-5 victory over the Minutewomen. Amherst finishes the season with a 7-14 record.

2/25/96 The women's hockey team split weekend games against Wesleyan (4-1 loss) and Holy Cross (5-1 win), and lost earlier in the week to Williams (13-1). Against Holy Cross, Jess Frisch scored 3 goals and added 2 assists, Hilary Mead scored 2 goals and added 2 assists, Allison Kienke assisted on 4 goals, and goalie Jenny Hyun saved 20 shots. Amherst's record is now 6-14, and they finish their season on Wednesday, when they host UMass.

2/19/96 The women's hockey team is mired in a bit of a slump. Including Sunbday's 8-0 loss to RIT, the Jeffs have lost three games in a row and 8 of their last nine. They play again on Wednesday against Williams. 2/4/96 The women's hockey team lost to the University of Vermont yesturday by a score of 4-0. Amherst's goalie, Cindy Matsushita had 38 saves, but her efforts were not enough, and the Catamounts were victorious. Amherst played Middlebury earlier today and lost by a final score of 9-0.

1/28/96 The women's hockey team traveled to Williamstown to take on the Ephmen. Unfortuately, the Jeffs lost, 10-1. Brittany Evans scored Amherst's lone goal. Today, the Jeffs host Augsburg College at 8:00p.m. .

Women's Squash
3/3/96 The individual nationals were held this weekend at Trinity College, and Amherst's Harriet Ells was the #4 seed in the 64-person bracket. As the bracket makers figured, Ells finished fourth in the weekend competition. She won her first three matches, including a win over Harvard's #2 player, and reached the semi-finals. In the semi-finals she faced the #1 player from Penn. Ells lost the match, 3-0. In fact, the women from Penn would go in to win the entire tournament without lsing a single game. In the consolation match, Ells lost to Princeton's #1 player, giving her the 4th place finish in the tournament.

2/19/96 The results from the Howe Cup are in. Amherst was placed in the A Division which is a great step for the team. Last year, they finished first in the B division, which was good for ninth in the nation. This year, they finished eigth in the A division, so they did improve over the year! At the Howe Tournament, Amherst played Yale, Harvard, Brown and Trinity. The Jeffs lost all four matches, but they fared better against Yale and Brown than they did during the regular season. Harriet Ells won all four of her matches, redeeming a loss to Harvard's number-one earlier in the year. Ells should be in good shape for the individual nations which take place in two weeks. Justine O'Connor and Amy Giese may also make the individual nationals.

2/11/96 The women's squash team are 1995-96 Little Three Champions! On Saturday, the Jeffs defeated both Williams (6-3) and Wesleyan (7-2), giving them their first Little Three Title since 1991-92. The host Trinity on Tuesday.

1/14/96 It was a good week for the women's squash team. On Saturday, they traveled to Bowdoin College to play three matches. Amherst won all three, beating Colby 8-1, Bates 9-0, and Bowdoin 9-0. On January 6, Harriet Ells played in the Constable Tournament in Princeton, NJ. Only the top 16 players in the nation are invited to play in the yearly tournament, and Harriet, Amherst's number-one player, was seeded third. Ells won her first three matches, upsetting the number-two seed on the way to the tournament finals. She lost in the championship game, and took home second place.

Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving
2/37/96 Last weekend, the women traveled to Williamstown for the New England Championships, a meet that included 37 Division II and III teams. Although the Jeffs brought only 14 swimmers (compared to most teams' 24) they still finished in 3rd place, gathering 948.5 total points-- Amherst's highest point total ever. 10 different swimmers achieved NCAA qualifying times, and Head Coach Peter Solomon was named New England Co-Coach of the Year for the women. Last year, he was named men's Coach of the Year.

Here are the NCAA qualifying times. Only the first is a "A" cut time (an automatic selection to the NCAA Championships which will be held March 14-16 at Emory University in Atlanta). In the 400 medley relay, Kerry Weeks, Liz Boehm, Barbara Winbograd, and Srah Lukaska swam a 4:00.47, good for 1st place. the rest of these times are all "B" cuts: 200 Back: Kerry Weeks (2:09.34- 1st place; Barbara Winograd (2:10.67) 2nd place; Erika Deopke (2:13.51). 50, 100, 200 Free: Sarah Lukaska (24.70- 2nd place), (54.02- 4th place), (1:56.75 3rd place). 200 IM: Kerry Weeks (2:11.97) 2nd place. 400 IM: Stefanie Duff: (4:47.33) 4th place. 100 back: Karen Vaites (1:00.83) 6th place. 100, 200 Breast: Liz Boehm (1:08.43- 3rd place), (2:29.47- 4th place). 200 Medley relay: Vaites, Beohm, Winograd, Lukaska (1:50.72). 200 Fly: Stefanie Duff (2:12.59) 3rd place; Barbara Winograd (2:12.98) 4th place.

Amherst varsity records were also set in the 400 Free relay: Weeks, Rebecca Levin, Winograd, Lukaska (2:42.59). The same team broke the 200 free relay time as well with a 1:41.20. The 200 and 400 medley relay times posted above are Amherst varsity records, and Catherine Bonham set a record with a 10:55.91 in the 1,000 Free.

The men's New England Championships will be held this coming weekend at Wesleyan.

2/11/96 The men's and women's swimming and diving teams continue to win. With a 160-100 defeat of Trinity yesturday, the men improved to 10-0. The women defeated Trinity 148-132, and their record is now 8-2. The regular season is now over for both teams, and they are preparing for the New England Championships. For the men, the New England's are on March 1-3, and for the women, they are on February 23-25. 2/4/96 In the seniors final home meet, the Jeffs men and women defeated MIT yesturday. The women won by a final score of 151-86, and the men won 143-100. For the women, who are now 7-2, an Amehrst varsity record was set in the 200 medley relay. Kerry Weeks, Liz Boehm, Barbara Winograd, and Sarah Lukaska combined for a 1:54.04. For the men, Christophe DiFalco set a pool record in the 200 fly with a time of 1:55.19, and Jeff Barnes, Brian Porter, Jeff Winterfield, and Christophe DiFalco set a pool record in the 800 free relay with a 7:08.20. The men are one of two undefeated Amherst teams (men's squash is the other). They are currently 9-0.

Yesterday was an exciting day for the Amherst Swimming and D

Men's and Women's Indoor Track
2/26/96 Here are the results from the men's New England Open Championships-- a Division I, II, and II meet. Mario Watts won the 400 meter dash with a time of 47.77. That is a school record and it qualifies him for the NCAA Champioships On March 9th (indoor). Donald Baril ran a 15:16.70 in the 5000 meter run, good for 7th place in the finals. Robert Mitchell ran a 1:56.73 in the 800 meter sprint, which was not fast enough to qualify for the finals. In the distance medley, Hung, Mitchell, Nunnally, and Baril combined for a 15:16.70, goo for 17th place. In the 4x800 relay, Hung, Nunnaly, Baril, and Mitchell combined for a 8:07.98-- 14th place.

Next Saturday is the ECAC Open Championships at Wheaton.

2/19/96 The results from the women's New England Division III Championships are in. Amherst finished 13th as a team and had a number of runners finish well. In the 55 meter dash , Rachel Holloway finished in sixth place with a 7.77. She also finished 5th in the 400 meter sprint with a 61.77 and 5th in the 200 meter run with a 27.12. Eve MacKnight finished fifth in the 800 meter sprint with a 2.23.73. Amanda Weisss finished 4th in the 1500 meter run with a 4:53.69. Both of AMherst's relay teams finished 5th as well. Kate Rob, Jen Almiron, Liz Chung and Rachel Holloway finished 1:51.11 in the 4x200 meter sprint. Kate Rob, Jen Almiron, Rachel Holloway, and Linnea Leaver finished the 4x400 meter sprint with a 4:14.65

2/18/96 The results from the New England Division III Championships are in. They were held yesturday at Brandeis University. Amherst finished 11th as a team. Individually, they received some strong performances. Here are some of them: Mario Watts finished second in the 500 meter run with a time of 1:03.44. Robert Mitchell finished 5th in the 800 meter run with a 1:59.55. Donald Baril finished 4th in the 3000 meter run with a 8:47.69. William Hancock finished 9th in the 5000 meter run with a 16:05.96. Amherst finished 5th as a team in the 4x800 meter relay with a 8:10.37. Rob Shur finished 6th in the shotput with a throw of 13.77 meters (45-02.25 feet). When I get the women's results, I will post them.

2/12/96 With Division III New England's coming up next weekend, the Amherst men's and women's indoor track teams will be sending a number of both runners and throwers. For the men, Mario Watts will run the 400 m. sprint. In his first year of indoor competition at Amherst, Watts has qualified for the Div. III New Englands, the Div. III ECACs, the Open ECACs, the NCAAs and the IC4As. Also running this weeking will be freshman Rob Mitchell in the 800 meter sprint and Danald Baril in the 1500, 3000 and 5000 meter events. Rob Schur will throw the shotput this weekend as well

The women's team will also send a number of runners. All-American Amanda Weiss will compete in the 1000, 15000 and 3000 meter events, while the team of Rachel Holloway (55 m, 200 m, 400 m), Kate Rob (55 m hurdles), Jen Almiron and Liz Chang will compete in the 4x200 meter relay. Eve McKnight and LeneaLeavar (55 m hurdles) will compete for a sport in the 4x400 relay team with Holloway, Rob, and Almiron. Freshman Nelltje Berens will compete in the shotput and high jump as well.