Amherst College Weekly Fall Sports Wrap-Up Issue 3 for athletic events from September 29 - October 5, 1996

 Mason and Walsh Return as Football Edges out Middlebury

For the first time all season, all three captains watched the coin toss in pads. Pre-season All-American Josh Mason '97 (Greenfield MA) has been hampered by a badly sprained ankle all season, while John Walsh '97 (Wellesley, MA) was sidelined with a sprained knee before the season opener. Along with fellow captain David Shapiro '97 (Baltimore, MD), the three worked to make Mason and Walsh's come-back game another W for the year.

While Mason is still not 100% healthy, the Jeffs entrusted him with 30 carries. With great blocking from the offensive line, Mason ran much of his 107-yards through wide-open holes in the defense. In the first quarter alone, Mason gained 56-yards.

Quarterback Rich Willard '98 (Johnstown, NY) had another stellar game, throwing 19 passes for 201 yards. He already has 608-yards for the season as he powers Amherst to a commanding lead in the number of offensive yards in the NESCAC with 1,331.

Meanwhile, the defense has held opponents to just 479 yards in three games, another league best. Defensive tackle Alex Bernstein '97 (Edina, MN) played a key role in the Middlebury game, registering four tackles and two sacks, despite being attacked by two or three blockers on each play. He also swatted down his first interception of the year during a tense fourth quarter showdown.

Amherst clearly controlled the game in the first quarter of play, as Middlebury never entered the red zone. Seth Zimmerman '98 (Lewistown, NY) and Chris Donegan '98 (Reading, MA) had nine tackles a piece to lead the Jeffs. With such great help from the defense, the offense was able to capitalize on their field position. Willard threw a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Matt Murray '97 (Westwood, MA) for his first of two touchdowns against the Panthers.

But the Amherst domination would not last past the second quarter. Trading field goals before halftime, the Jeffs drove 80-yards in 8:22 to take a 17-3 lead on a 6-yard pass from Willard to Murray. However, Middlebury came back with a touchdown of their own as they turned up the offensive and defensive pressure on the Jeffs. Trading possessions throughout the fourth quarter, neither team could penetrate far into the opponent's half until a Middlebury drive in the closing minutes of the game.

Colin Barnacle '98 (Denver, CO) had a 38-yard punt to the Middlebury 5 to start the Panther drive. Gaining four first downs for 66-yards by quarterback Brian Coates, Middlebury headed straight for the endzone for a chance to even up the game. As the Homecoming crowd wondered if the Panthers would kick for a tie or choose a 2-point conversion for the win, Amherst fans stood tense at their seats. Poised at the Amherst 29, Coates released his 28th pass of the day, definitely intended for someone other than linebacker John Walsh. Pouncing on his interception, the Tri-Captain knew his team was just 52 seconds from another victory. Four downs later, Amherst once again gathered for a chorus of "Lord Jeffery Amherst."

"We've been 3-0 for three years in a row, but we've never been 4-0," noted Head Coach Jack Siedlecki. In a game where Amherst out-ran and out-passed Middlebury in more than twice their possession time, the score did not reflect these numbers. But against a touch Middlebury team, it was a win, nevertheless, and the Jeffs certainly won't turn that down.

Saturday, October 5, 1996 at Alumni Stadium, Middlebury, VT
Amherst (3-0) 7 3 7 0 17
Middlebury (2-1) 0 3 7 0 10

First Quarter
4:25 A Matt Murray on 4-yard pass from Rich Willard (David Bobruff kick)

Second Quarter
2:21 A Bobruff 29-yard field goal
0:12 M Scott Dudley 30-yard field goal

Third Quarter
6:43 A Murray on 6-yard pass from Willard (Bobruff kick)
5:36 M Sean Fisher on 0-yard fumble recovery (Dudley kick)

Fourth Quarter
No scoring by either team

Attendance: 2,317

Amherst/Middlebury
First Downs 20 10
Rushes-Yards 56-182 25-40
Passing Yards 201 167
Return Yards 52 90
Passes 34-19-0 28-13-2
Punts 5-172 10-330
Fumbles Lost 4-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-56 2-21

Individual Statistics
Rushing: A Josh Mason 30-107, Bob DiSabato 14-76, Jeff Coviello 1-3, Rich Willard 11- -4.
M Brad Gottfred 10-38, Shawn Tierney 6-22, Adam Pascal 2-11, Brian Coates 7 -31.

Passing: A Rich Willard 34-19-0 201 yards, M Brian Coates 28-13-2 167 yards.
Receiving: A Chris Miller 8-77, Matt Murray 3-29, Mike Brendler 2-38, Bob DiSabato 2-16, Todd Haggerty 2-9, Jeff Coviello 1-23, Shaun Quigley 1-9.
M Andrew Husband 3-42, Dave Frye 3-30, Tadhg Campbell 2-40, Kevan Comstock 2-27, Adam Pascal 2-12, Sean Fisher 1-16.

Game Preview: Amherst (3-0) vs. Colby (0-3)
October 12, 1996 at Pratt Field, Amherst, Massachusetts

 Men's Soccer Falls to 2-1-1 after Loss at Middlebury

They must have had revenge on their minds when Amherst descended upon Middlebury's Homecoming reveries. Though they had tied 1-1 in overtime in their last meeting, the NCAA tournament needed a winner to determine who would face eventual national champion Williams in the regional finals. Blasting their first three penalty kicks into the net, the Jeffs extended their season just one more game.

Amherst seemed to maintain some of that drive in the early minutes of this year's matchup. All-American Mario Watts '97 (St. Catherine, Jamaica) carried the ball on a break away to Co-Captain Stephen Carr '97 (Concord, MA) for Carr's first goal of the season. But Middlebury responded before the halftime buzzer with two shots past goalie Kevin Larner '99 (Short Hills, NJ) within two minutes of each other.

Despite this loss, Amherst is still in the top ten of the NSCAA/Umbro New England Division III Poll, tied with WPI at No. 10. Middlebury rises to No. 8 with a 4-2 record.

After a midweek meeting at Trinity, the Jeffs travel to Minnesota for two games against Macalester and St. Thomas. The current Amherst roster boasts three players from the land of 10,000 lakes: Andrew Bachman '97 (Minneapolis, MN), Kent Berg '99 (Woodbury, MN) and Chris Murphy '97 (St. Paul, MN).

No. Player GS Goals Assists Points
4 Timothy Christian '98 5 1 0 2
5 Devin Talbott '98 1 1 0 2
6 Christopher Murphy '97 5 2 0 4
7 Stephen Carr '97 4 1 0 2
9 Rejji Hayes '97 5 1 0 2
11 Mario Watts '97 4 1 1 3
12 Matthew Diggs '99 5 0 1 0
21 Andrew Kay '00 3 0 1 1
Amherst Totals 5 7 2 16
Opponent Totals 5 7 5 19

Goalkeeping GP/GS Shots Vs. Saves Save % GA GAA SOs
G Kevin Larner 5/5 69 33 82.5% 7 1.40 2
Opponent Totals 5 86 50 87.7% 7 1.40 0

Current Record: 2-2-1

 Women's Soccer Falls from Top Spot

The Lady Jeffs had re-claimed the No. 1 ranking in the NSCAA/Umbro New England Division III Poll after their win over Bowdoin, but the glory would last only one week as Middlebury squeaked by the Jeffs 1-0 in Vermont. Amherst is now ranked No. 2 in New England.

The Amherst defense held strong despite 17 Panther shots. However, Erika Schubert broke through with 23 minutes left to play and drove an unstoppable rocket into the upper corner of the net.

While the Jeffs were unable to score against Middlebury, they had their share against Pioneer Valley foe Mount Holyoke. Scoring four goals within seven minutes of the first half, Amherst had some fun in a 5-0 thumping of the Lyons. Katie Hersey '99 (Westford, MA) scored her fourth goal of the season to open up the attack, followed by two deuces from Katie Connelly '00 (East Granby, CT) and Kerry Weeks '98 (Longmeadow, MA). Connelly then exchanged her field uniform for her keeper's gloves and kept an eye on the goal for a while before Carolina Patino '99 (Miami, FL) took over as the third Amherst goalie of the match.

No. Player GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points
4 Genevieve Furst '00 5/0 3 0 1 1
5 Kathleen Missett '99 7/7 10 0 1 1
8 Katherine Connelly '00 7/0 9 2 0 4
9 Shaunette Richards '98 7/7 15 1 1 3
10 Jennifer Havlik '00 6/2 4 1 0 2
12 Janinne Noel '99 7/7 6 1 0 2
14 Eleanor Hickerson '98 6/6 6 0 1 1
15 Kathryn Hersey '99 7/7 21 4 2 10
16 Arianne Sperry '00 3/0 4 1 0 2
18 Erika Johnson '98 7/6 6 0 1 1
19 Kerry Weeks '98 3/0 1 2 0 4
27 Laura Kochansky '98 6/6 4 1 1 3

Amherst Totals 7 107 15 9 39
Opponent Totals 7 58 2 0 4

Goalkeeping GP/GS Saves Save % GA GAA SOs
G Sarah Fabian 7/7 36 94.7% 2 0.28 5
Opponent Totals 7 70 82.3% 12 2.00 2

Current Record: 5-1-1

 Field Hockey Splits Week's Contests

It was bound to happen at some point, that the field hockey team would wake up from their amazing dreams of dominance in every game. But they'd never expected that their dream would turn into the nightmare that was Middlebury.

The Jeffs had bettered their record to 6-0 with a midweek win over MIT. Sandy Accordino '99 (Closter, NJ) and Alie Stechenberg '00 (Longmeadow, MA) added a goal a piece to their seasons before they traveled to Vermont to face the 7-0 Panthers. Outshot for the first time all season, Amherst mustered only six shots off their sticks, compared to 19 from Middlebury. Jess Rich '99 (Stillwater, NY) added 10 saves to her record, but she couldn't stop the three goals fired at her.

No. Player GP/GS Shots(in/out) Goals Assists Points
4 Irene Permut '99 7/7 9/10 1 2 4
11 Alie Stechenberg '00 7/3 13/2 3 0 6
12 Sandra Accordino '99 7/7 12/3 4 1 9
14 Tyra Gettleman '00 7/7 25/4 1 1 3
21 Rebecca Levin '99 7/7 11/1 0 1 1
22 Marnie Huffman-Green '99 7/7 28/9 2 2 6

Amherst Totals 7 107/38 11 7 29
Opponent Totals 7 37/21 5 2 12

Goalkeeping GP/GS Saves Save % PC GA GAA SOs
99 Jessica Rich 99 7/7 42 89.4% 42 5 0.71 4
Opponent Totals 7 58 84.1% 71 11 1.57 1 Current Record: 6-1

 Women's Tennis Edges out UMass under Night Skies

Darkness had already fallen before the cross-town rivals had settled their women's tennis face-off. Laura Keith '99 (Wayzata, MN) was tied with Marie-Christine Caron at one set a piece when they started a grueling third set. In the end, Keith prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to seal Amherst victory, 5-3.

The No. 1 singles match between Pam Diamond '99 (Trumbull, CT) and Ola Gezisomanvia had to be called off in the second set since neither player could see the ball. However, the tough-nosed play of Neely Steinberg '99 (Concord, MA) and Co-Captain Susanne Santola '97 (Summit, NJ) lead the team with their double-wins in both singles and doubles against the Minutewomen. Keith and Santola are still undefeated in singles play, while the team of Diamond-Steinberg is 6-0 in doubles.

Individual Records Singles Doubles
Pam Diamond '99 3-2 6-0
Laura Keith '99 6-0 4-2
Ting Yu '97 5-1 4-2
Neely Steinberg '99 5-1 6-0
Susanne Santola '97 6-0 5-1
Sam Toerge '99 5-1 5-1

Current Record: 6-0

 Women's Volleyball Takes Third Amherst Invitational

Hosting their third annual Amherst Invitational Volleyball Tournament, Amherst racked up three wins against Middlebury, Connecticut College and St. Anselm. Their 3-0 record on the day merited them their third of three titles in the home invitational.

29 kills and 16 blocks by Laura Becvar '97 (El Paso, TX) lead the way for the Amherst offensive, powered by the three B's: Becvar, Adrienne Beshong '98 (Melrose, MA) and Nell Berens '99 (Hamilton, MI). Strong support came from setters Beth Cronin '00 (Milton, MA) and Elizabeth Delsman '98 (Brooklyn, NY) with 57 and 37 assists respectively.

Current Record: 11-6

 Cross-Country Wins Conn College Invitational

Taking the top spot in both the men's and the women's races, Amherst cross country had a spectacular weekend in New London. Thane Hancock '97 (Kamuela, HI), Dan Chandler '99 (Selkirk, NY), Donald Baril '97 (Perrysberg, OH), Rob Mitchell '99 (Worcester, VT), Jon Prokup '99 (Allentown, PA), Aaron Beim '00 (Princeton, NJ), Allen Nunnally '99 (Stoneham, MA) and Chris Thunen '99 (Briarcliff, NY) took every place from 1-9 except fourth to lead the Jeffs to a commanding team victory .

On the women's side, Amanda Weiss '97 (Larchmont, NY) won the women's race to lead her team to their first invitational title in recent memory.

Team Scores for the Connecticut College Invitational:
Men: 17 points, first place; Women: 47 points, first place

Amherst Finishers in the Connecticut College Invitational
Men/ Women 1. Thane Hancock, 27:21 1. Amanda Weiss, 20:04
2. Dan Chandler, 27:31 6. Kelly Jennings, 21:04
3. Donald Baril, 27:34 8. Hannah Gersen, 21:14
5. Rob Mitchell, 27:56 15. Lisa Yurwit, 21:38
6. Jon Prokup, 28:01 17. Danielle Pineda, 21:44
7. Aaron Beim, 28:33 31. Linda Liu, 22:29
8. Allen Nunnally, 28:37 33. Emilie Eliason, 22:37
9. Chris Thunen, 28:39 37. Amanda Lang, 22:47
15. Rafe Jones, 29:16 44. Lisa Levy, 23:22
19. Mike Morris, 29:26 56. Julieta Santana, 24:08
22. Mike Lovenheim, 29:38 57. Susie Ng, 24:17
24. Erick Hung, 29:41 65. Allison Schwarting, 24:43
46. Michael Anderson, 31:58 79. Jean Hackett, 25:57
47. Matthew Logalbo, 32:01 85. Jennifer Acker, 26:45
49. Michael Hite, 32:14
57. Ethan Birchard, 33:13

 Men's Golf Places 2nd, 6th in Tournaments

Competing at Middlebury for the NESCAC Fall Golf Championship, Amherst garnered second place in ten teams with their top five players placing in the top half of the draw. Erik Hardenbergh '98 (Wayland, MA) lead the team with his third place individual finish, followed by fellow captain Stephen Brandt '97 (Atlanta, GA) tied for ninth place.

The following weekend brought the team to the ECAC Qualifiers at the University of Rhode Island. Tom Carideo '98 (Winthrop, MA) and Dave Fiorentino '98 (Winchester, MA) lead the team with their 19th place tie towards a sixth place team finish.

NESCAC Championship Individual Results
3. Erik Hardenbergh, 156; 9. Stephen Brandt, 163; 11. Ryan Szczepanik, 164; 14. Dave Fiorentino, 167; 20. Tom Carideo, 168

ECAC Individual Qualifying Results
19. Tom Carideo, 82; 19. Dave Fiorentino, 82; 26. Joe Graceffa, 83; 31. Erik Hardenbergh, 84; 48. Ryan Szczepanik, 88