Amherst College Weekly Fall Sports Wrap-Up

Issue 3 for athletic events from September 22-October 1, 1997

 Football Shuts Out Polar Bears

Making its 1997 debut at Pratt Field, Amherst football posted a 30-0 blanking of Bowdoin last week to push its record to 2-0. Curiously, the Jeffs dropped to 5th in the ECAC Weekly Poll, down three notches from their No. 2 ranking last week, even though they have yet to drop a game or allow a point this season.

Registering nine sacks for 78 yards, the Amherst defense stymied Polar Bear advances toward the endzone and allowed a net of 9 yards rushing. Outside linebacker Jake Conca (Attleboro, MA) registered three sacks for a loss of 25, while Devin Moriarty (Springfield, MA) pitched in two more for 22 yards.

Once again the tenacity of the Amherst defense was complemented by aggressive special teams to position the offense well into Bowdoin territory for Amherst scoring plays. Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY) received the opening kickoff at the Amherst 9 and bolted 43 yards to midfield. Just 1:17 later, tight end Paul Rieckhoff (Garrison, NY) caught a 23-yard toss from Rich Willard (Johnstown, NY) in the endzone for a 6-0 Lord Jeff lead.

Liam Fleming (Braintree, MA) sank a 20-yard field goal for a 9 point advantage before Willard was forced to exit the game with a knee injury. Though only in the waning moments of the first quarter, the co-captain had fired off nine completions, four for first downs, for 91 yards. Junior QB Mike Sweeney (Keene, NH) took the helm in an 8-for-14 day with 138 yards and three touchdowns. The Jeffs compiled a whopping 423 yards of total offense.

Bowdoin opened the second quarter with a 57-yard drive over nearly six minutes of possession time. Set up at 2nd and goal at the Amherst 6, Conca posted his first sack of the day to pull the Polar Bears back to the 17. Bowdoin elected to attempt a 30-yard field goal, but outside linebacker Alex Niefer (Williamsville, NY) got in the way to block the ball on the rise and preserve the shutout.

Two possessions later, the Polar Bears returned the favor by filching a 22-yard Amherst attempt. Noseguard Dave Cippoletti (Seaford, NY) had nabbed a Bowdoin pass and scrambled his 6'3"-273 lb. body 19 yards down the left sideline to the Bowdoin 34. Darin Byrne (Winchester, MA) earned two first downs among his 15 carries for 76 yards as Amherst neared the endzone. The Jeffs came within six yards of another touchdown as Colin Barnacle (Denver, CO) held onto a 40-yard pass at the halftime buzzer.

Bowdoin launched another offensive late in the third, sparked by a 26-yard toss. Forced to punt deep in their own territory, Bowdoin watched Payson Bullard (Wilton, CT) block the punt, recovered by Chris Ricciardi (South Dennis, MA) at the Polar Bear 34. Sweeney lobbed in his first TD pass of the day to Shaun Quigley (Chicopee, MA) with 44 seconds left in the third for a 16-point lead.

Amherst never left Bowdoin territory before scoring again. Alex Tracy (Easton, MA) recovered a Polar Bear fumble to the 21 for the Jeffs' best field position of the day. Todd Haggerty (Albany, NY) caught scoring passes on two successive Amherst possessions to round out the game.

Saturday, September 27, 1997 at Pratt Field, Amherst, Massachusetts
Bowdoin (0-2)		0	0	0	0  -- 0
Amherst (2-0)		9	0	7	14 -- 0

First Quarter
13:43	A Paul Rieckhoff 23 pass from Rich Willard (Liam Fleming kick wide)
2:18	A Fleming 20-yard field goal
Second Quarter
9:12	B Jeremy Riffle 30-yard field goal BLOCKED
5:13	A Fleming 22-yard field goal BLOCKED
Third Quarter
0:44	A Shaun Quigley 22 pass from Mike Sweeney (Fleming kick good)
Fourth Quarter
13:39	A Todd Haggerty 6 pass from Sweeney (Fleming kick good)
8:33	A Haggerty 32 pass from Sweeney (Fleming kick good)
Attendance: 1,427

		Bowdoin		Amherst
First Downs		9		15
Rushing-Yards		40-9		43-194
Passing Yards		113		229		
Return Yards		168		81
Passes			7-20-1		17-24-1
Punts			4-122		7-231
Fumbles-Lost		1-1		1-0
Penalties-Yards		2-15		9-65
Rushing: A Darin Byrne 15-76, Jeff Coviello 8-58, Bob DiSabato 11-32, Harold Henderson 4-20, Josh Carroll 3-18, Mike Sweeney 1-1, Rich Willard 1-(-11). B Chris Houston 19-45, James Kim 7-26, Tim Lawson 2-11, Hayes MacArthur 12-(-73).
A Willard 10-9-0 91 yds, Sweeney 14-8-1 138 yds. B MacArthur 20-7-1 113 yds.
A Colin Barnacle 7-92, Shaun Quigley 6-74, Todd Haggerty 2-37, Paul Rieckhoff 1-23, Matt Hall 1-3. B Chris Day 4-56, Stephen Prinn 1-37, Kim 1-8, Steve Lafond 1-2.

Game Notes: Middlebury (2-0) at Amherst (2-0)
Saturday, October 4, 1997 at Pratt Field, Amherst, Massachusetts

 Men's Soccer Tops in New England

With another win under their cleats, Amherst men's soccer rolls to a 4-0-1 start as the top team in New England and the No. 7 team in the nation, the best showing ever in the 77 year history of Lord Jeff soccer. Previously, Amherst peaked as the second-best team in the region and No. 11 in the country in its first NCAA year of 1993.

Vaulting the Jeffs into the soccer elites of the nation is a 3-1 victory over Bowdoin. Senior forward Devin Talbott (Washington, DC) opened up the second half with a feed from Andy Kay (North Easton, MA) before the Polar Bears equalized seven minutes later. Amherst sealed the match on two successive scores within 28 seconds of each other by Co-Captain Tim Christian (Agawam, MA) and Kay. Keeper Kevin Larner (Short Hills, NJ) posted 11 saves to hold onto the win.

No.	Name			G	A	P
11	Andrew Kay '00			6	1	13
4	Timothy Christian '98		3	0	6
7	Matthew Diggs '99		2	1	5
9	Devin Talbott '98		1	1	3
3	Nate McDonald '98		1	0	2
5 	Brian Angelini '00E		0	2	2
10	Gary Kegal '00			0	1	1
12	Mike Grant '99			0	1	1
Amherst Totals			12	8	32
Opponent Totals			5	4	14

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Kevin Larner '99	4	0	1	480	28	5	.848	0.94	2
Opponent Totals		0	4	1	480	29	12	.707	2.25	0
Current Record: 4-0-1 Last Week: Bowdoin, W 3-1 This Week: Sat Oct 4 Middlebury, 12:30pm

 Women's Soccer Posts 4-0 Week

Resurfacing in the national top-25, women's soccer posted four victories to better its record to 6-1. Trailing at Clark, Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) headed a Katie Connelly (Granby, CT) cross into the net toward a 2-1 victory before Kerry Weeks (Longmeadow, MA) tallied a pair of assists against Colby-Sawyer in another mid-week game.

Facing top-ranked Bowdoin, Shaunette Richards (Mays Landing, NJ) put the Jeffs up a goal when the Polar Bears equalized early in the second half. Connelly sank the go-ahead goal off an Ellie Hickerson (Davenport, IA) cross and Hersey sealed the win in the 81st minute on a breakaway.

The Jeffs are coming off a 3-0 win at Pioneer Valley rival Mount Holyoke where rookies Meg Riley (Wellesley, MA) and Lauren Eichler (Glenview, IL) registered their first collegiate points with a goal and an assist, respectively.

No.	Name			G	A	P
15	Kathryn Hersey '99		5	3	11
9	Shaunette Richards '98		3	0	6
8/1	Katie Connelly '00		2	3	7
11	Alexa Faigen '01		1	0	2
14	Ellie Hickerson '98		0	4	4
27	Laura Kochansky '98		2	0	4
3	Meg Riley '01			1	0	2
24	Beth Leonard '98		1	0	2
19	Kerry Weeks '98			0	2	2
18	Erika Johnson '98		0	1	1
	Lauren Eichler '01		0	1	1
Opponent Own Goals			1	0	2
Amherst Totals			16	12	44
Opponent Totals			4	4	12

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs*	GA	Sv%*	GAA	ShO
Sarah Fabian '98	6	1	0	660	44	4	.917	0.55	3
Opponent Totals		1	6	0	660	81	16	.862	2.18	1
*does not include Mount Holyoke totals

Current Record: 6-1
Last Week:	at Clark, W 2-1
		Colby-Sawyer, W 2-0
		Bowdoin, W 3-1
		at Mount Holyoke, W 3-0
This Week:	Sat Oct 4 Middlebury, 12:30pm

 Field Hockey Off to Best Start Ever

While football boasts an impenetrable defense, field hockey showcases an unstoppable offense that has powered the Jeffs to a 7-0 record, the best start Amherst has ever taken in the 23-year history of the varsity program. The team has 25 goals to date while allowing only two tallies so far this season.

Four players combined to give Amherst its magical 7th win. Marnie Huffman-Green (Bethesda, MD) opened up scoring against MIT just six minutes into the match before Sandy Accordino (Closter, NJ) added another goal before the half. Alie Stechenberg (Longmeadow, MA) broke a 36 minute scoring drought with just under 10 minutes left in the contest and senior Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) closed out the 4-0 blanking a minute later as she pushed her way into the cage for her fifth tally of the season.

Pushing the Jeffs over last year's season scoring total was a five-goal performance against Wheaton, where Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) added a fourth goal to her rookie total and Stechenberg notched two scores for the day.

Junior Sandy Accordino (Closter, NJ) tallied the game winner against top-ranked Bowdoin to open up the second half of Saturday's showdown. Fed by Tyra Gettleman (Orono, ME), Accordino led an attack that pummeled 28 shots onto the Polar Bear cage. To date, the Jeffs have outshot opponents 265-46 and Gettleman leads the NESCAC with eight goals and one assist for 17 points.

No.	Name			G	A	P
  2	Tyra Gettleman '00		8	1	17
12	Sandy Accordino '99		5	2	12
  3	Gretchen Bowe '01		4	1	9
11	Alie Stechenberg '00		3	0	6
24	Heather Kestner '98		2	2	6
20	Kristen Osborn '01		1	1	3
22	Marnie Huffman-Green '99	1	1	3
4	Irene Permut '99		0	3	3
25	Risa Ravitz '00			1	0	2
9	Carline Kelly '01		0	1	1
10	Aleni Pappas '00		0	1	1
Amherst Totals				25	13	63
Opponent Totals				2	0	4

Goalkeeping	W	L	T	Min	Svs	PC	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Jes Rich '99	7	0	0	508	24	26	2	.923	0.28	6
Amherst Totals	7	0	0	508	24	26	2	.923	0.28	6
Opponent Totals	0	7	0	508	99	108	25	.798	3.44	0

Current Record: 7-0
Last Week:	Wheaton, W 5-0
		Bowdoin, W 1-0
		MIT, W 4-0
This Week:	Sat Oct 4 Middlebury, 12:30pm

 Volleyball Betters Record to 10-5

Posting a 3-3 week, women's volleyball pushes its record to 10-5 for the season. Beginning with a 3-0 sweep at Westfield State, the Firedogs brought home a 5th place finish from the MIT Invitational. Squeaking by Wheaton 3-2 [8-15, 15-10, 10-15, 15-12, 15-7], Amherst dropped its next two matches before rebounding with a victory over Smith, 3-2 [15-1, 15-5, 13-15, 2-15, 15-10]. Competing at Coast Guard on Tuesday, the Firedogs fought to a 3-1 loss to Coast Guard, 7-15, 15-11, 9-15, 9-15.

Current Record: 10-5
Last Week:	at MIT Invitational, 5th place of 16 teams
			Wheaton, W 3-2
			Tufts, L 0-3
			Coast Guard, L 1-3
			Smith, W 3-2
		at Coast Guard, L 1-3
This Week:	Sat Oct 4 Amherst Invitational 
			also competing: Connecticut College, Middlebury, Westfield State

 Women's Tennis Still Undefeated

Amherst swept a Saturday doubleheader against Maine rivals Bowdoin and Colby to remain untainted at a 4-0 mark and earn the top-spot in the Weekly New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Poll. Pam Diamond (Trumbull, CT) fought to a 5-7, 5-7 loss to the former No. 1 at Division I Georgetown University before cruising to a pair of 6-1 wins over Colby. Carolyn Pastel (Old Lyme, CT) dropped only two games all day at sixth-flight singles.

Current Record: 4-0
Last Week:	Bowdoin, W 6-3
		Colby, W 9-0
This Week:	Fri-Sun Oct 3-5 Rolex at Wellesley

 Cross Country Races Ahead of the Competition

Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) powered Amherst to another strong finish at the Codfish Bowl Invitational. The men placed 3rd out of 18 teams behind the junior co-captain's third course victory in as many meets, while the women earned 4th place honors in a field of 16 teams. The top four women finished between 11th and 20th place, barely missing 3rd place as a team by one point.

Last Week: Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park: Men 3rd of 18, Women 4th of 16
This Week:
Sat Oct 4 at Connecticut College Invitational

 Men's Golf Wins NESCAC Championship

Three men earned All-NESCAC honors as Amherst claimed the NESCAC Championship for 1997. Erik Hardenbergh (Wayland, MA) won the tournament with a 149 total, followed closely by fellow captain David Fiorentino (Winchester, MA) in 3rd with 156. Sophomore Joe Graceffa (Augusta, ME) rounded out the All-League golfers tied for 4th a stroke behind Fiorentino.

Last Week:	NESCAC Championship at Williams, 1st place
This Week:	Thu Oct 2 Men's ECAC Qualifying
		Sun-Mon Oct 5-6 Men's Toski Invitational

 Women's Golf

Sending two golfers to the Yale Invitational, Amherst finished with the two highest finishes by individual competitors. Senior captain Cyd Stevens (Lee's Summit, MO) finished 9th out of 76 golfers, followed by Leah Ricci (Brockton, MA) in 34th place.

Last Week: at Yale Invitational
This Week:
Fri-Sat Oct 3-4 Mount Holyoke Invitational

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