Amherst College Weekly Fall Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 8 for athletic events from October 27-November 2, 1997

 Amherst Seeks Perfect Season

Claiming their second victory over Trinity in as many years, the Jeffs jumped out to a 7-0 record in their search for Amherst's first undefeated season since 1984. Powered by a lethal offense and an always impenetrable defense, Amherst dismantled the Bantam run-game and denied the quarterback option while converting big plays into points on the scoreboard.

Amherst scored on its opening possession as Darin Byrne (Winchester, MA) notched his first of two touchdowns for the day. Sparking the drive down field was a pair of bombs by Co-Captain Rich Willard (Johnstown, NY), who became Amherst's career passing leader on his second completion of the day. The quarterback surpassed John Kehoe's best of 3,796 yards set in 1969. By the end of the day, Willard's 264 passing yards upped his four-year total to 4,009 with one more game left ot play.

The Jeffs also capitalized on their second possession with Byrne's eighth touchdown of his junior season. Just over five minutes into the game, the running back charged toward the line of scrimmage, spun off a tackle and took off down the right sideline toward the endzone. In the first quarter alone, Amherst registered 127 yards of offense.

Willard lobbed two touchdown passes to wideouts Shaun Quigley (Chicopee, MA) and Colin Barnacle (Denver, CO) to push the Amherst lead to 28 at the half. The Jeffs had already earned 13 first downs by the break, while Trinity had only three to their credit. Amherst's 271 yards of total offense was fueled by Willard's 187 in the air, compared to the Bantams' 49 yards, all gained on the ground, as Trinity had yet to throw a completion. Helping to supress the passing game were interceptions by Alex Tracy (Easton, MA) and Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY). Nichols, who notched three against the Bantams last year, set up Amherst's third touchdown with a pick at the Trinity 31.

But the Bantams rebounded in the third quarter, claiming over ten minutes of possession time and converting a four minute drive into their lone touchdown of the day. Amherst responded on the next series with a Bob DiSabato (Westwood,MA) score, driving 65 yards in 2:32 for the Jeffs' longest possession time on a scoring drive. The Jeffs had gone to goal in 1:48, 1:08, 1:01 and 0:53 in the first half.

Defensively Amherst used four sacks and six tackles for loss to hold Trinity to under 100 yards rushing for the first time all season. The Bantams' 141 yards of total offense and eight points were also season lows for a team that had been averaging 331 yards and 25.3 points per game before arriving at Pratt Field. Co-Captain Seth Zimmerman (Lewistown, PA) leveled 14 tackles (8 solo) on the Bantams, while senior tackle Devin Moriarty (Springfield, MA) added another 13 hits (4 solo), including a seven-yard sack and a tackle for a loss of four yards.

"This is where we wanted to be, and where we thought we should be" noted E.J. Mills of a 7-0 start in his inaugural season as Head Coach. "But Williams is a great team who knows how to bounce back. It's the biggest fear of any senior class that they'll be the class that lost to Amherst. Williams can beat us and we know we can beat them. That's why we play the game."


Saturday, November 1, 1997 at Pratt Field, Amherst, Massachusetts
Trinity (5-2)		0	0	0	8 -- 8
Amherst (7-0)		14	14	0	7 -- 35

First Quarter
13:12	A Darin Byrne 2 run (Liam Fleming kick)
9:56	A Byrne 38 run (Fleming kick)
Second Quarter
9:39	A Shaun Quigley 21 pass from Rich Willard (Fleming kick)
0:41	A Colin Barnacle 37 pass from Willard (Fleming kick)
Fourth Quarter
14:49	T Greg Gagne 8 run (Sherman Francis run good)
12:17	A Bob DiSabato 1 run (Fleming kick)
Attendance: 1,142
			Amherst		Trinity
First Downs		16		8
Rushing-Yards		37-109		51-87
Passing Yards		264		54
Return Yards		61		196
Passes			32-14-1		16-5-2
Punts			10-343		9-319
Fumbles-Lost		2-1		2-1
Penalties-Yards		9-70		8-103
Rushing: Darin Byrne 17-91, Bob DiSabato 5-10, Harold Henderson 2-7, Josh Carroll 4-6, Rich Willard 6-0, Jeff Coviello 1-(-1), Mike Sweeney 2-(-4). T Sherman Francis 17-48, Joe Mullaney 14-28, Greg Gagne 5-25, Marc Maccarini 14-2, Walter Faget 1-(-16).
Passing:
A Rich Willard 32-14-1 264 yards. T Joe Mullaney 16-5-2 54 yards.
Receiving:
A Colin Barnacle 5-127, Todd Haggerty 4-44, Shaun Quigley 3-76, Bob DiSabato 2-17. T Marc Maccarini 4-45, Jake Hunter 1-9.

Game Notes: Amherst (7-0) at Williams (6-1)
Saturday. November 8, 1997 at Weston Field, Williamstown, Massachusetts

 Men's Soccer Falls in Final Seconds

Men's soccer fell short of its ninth win by 11 seconds as the Jeffs registered their fourth loss of the season at Colby. Tim Christian (Agawam, MA) scored twice to equalize in the 69th minute, but the White Mules notched the game-winner with 11 seconds on the game-clock for the win. Amherst had out-shot Colby 19-14 and gained 11 corner kicks in the match.

The Jeffs will finish out their season at Williams on Saturday at 10:00am. The Ephs stand at 7-2-2 in the season as Amherst will look for its first win over Williams since 1982. In the last 15 years, Amherst has tied the Ephs four times, in 1983, 1984, 1990 and 1995.


No.	Name			G	A	P
4	Timothy Christian '98	8	0	16
11	Andrew Kay '00		7	2	16
7	Matthew Diggs '99	4	4	12
9	Devin Talbott '98	3	2	8
10	Gary Kegal '00		1	3	5
3	Nate McDonald '98	1	1	3
18	Mike Sullivan '98	1	1	3
5 	Brian Angelini '00E	0	2	2
2	Ben Haley '99		0	1	1
12	Mike Grant '99		0	1	1
Amherst Totals			25	17	67
Opponent Totals			18	14	50

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Kevin Larner '99	8	4	1	1180	73	17	.811	1.30	3
Stephen Tornabene '01	0	2	0	20	3	1	.750	4.50	0
Amherst Totals		8	4	1	1200	76	18	.826	1.35	3
Opponent Totals		4	8	1	1200	81	25	.764	1.88	2

Current Record: 8-4-1
Last Week:
at Colby, L 2-3
Next Week:
Sat Nov 8 at Williams, 10:00am

 Women's Soccer Earns Fourth Straight NCAA Tournament Berth

Despite suffering its second loss of the season at Colby, Amherst women's soccer earned its fourth straight bid to the NCAA Tournament. Chosen as the host of the Metro Regional Championship, the Jeffs finished the season tied for second in their new region. This is also the fourth year that Amherst College has been selected to host a portion of the Championship, including last year's Final Four on Hitchcock Field.

At Colby, the White Mules upset Amherst with a goal midway through the second half for the game-winner. Keeper Sarah Fabian (Dover, MA) made eight saves against 11 Mule shots.


No.	Name			G	A	P
15	Kathryn Hersey '99	10	3	23
8/1	Katie Connelly '00	4	4	12
14	Ellie Hickerson '98	1	8	10
9	Shaunette Richards '98	3	1	7
4	Genny Furst '00		3	1	7
18	Erika Johnson '98	2	1	5
19	Kerry Weeks '98		1	3	5
11	Alexa Faigen '01	2	0	4
27	Laura Kochansky '98	2	0	4
24	Beth Leonard '98	1	2	4
3	Meg Riley '01		2	0	4
12	Janinne Noel '99	0	1	1
10	Jen Havlik '00		0	1	1
22	Lauren Eichler '01	0	1	1
Opponent Own Goals		1	0	2
Amherst Totals			32	26	90
Opponent Totals			9	8	26

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Sarah Fabian '98	12	2	0	1327	103	8	.973	0.54	6
Katie Connelly '00	0	0	0	23	3	1	.750	3.91	0
Amherst Totals		12	2	0	1350	106	9	.922	0.60	6
Opponent Totals		2	12	0	1350	152	32	.826	2.13	2

Current Record: 12-2
Last Week: at Colby, L 0-1
This Week: NCAA Metro Regional Tournament at Amherst
		Sat Nov 8 Amherst v. Western Connecticut, 11:00am
			  Drew University v. William Paterson University, 1:30pm
		Sat Nov 9 Regional Championship at 1:00pm

 Field Hockey Earns ECAC Tournament Berth

Completing the regular season with a 10-4 record, the Jeffs earned a No. 5 seed in the ECAC Tournament for their third straight post-season appearance. In the process, Amherst shattered the record for most goals in a season, having scored 37 so far with the post-season still remaining. The previous record had been 35 tallies, set in both 1984 and 1985.

Rookie Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) scored twice at Colby as the Jeffs handily disposed of the White Mules, 4-1. Heather Kester (Wilmington, DE) and Alie Stechenberg (Longmeadow, MA) also notched goals as Amherst rebounded from a 4-1 loss at Trinity two days earlier. Bowe had scored off a feed from Tyra Gettleman (Orono, ME) to cut the lead to 3-1. The Jeffs will kick off the post-season on Wednesday as they travel to Keene State (12-6) for the first round of ECAC play.


No.	Name				G	A	P
2	Tyra Gettleman '00		8	4	20
3	Gretchen Bowe '01		9	1	19
11	Alie Stechenberg '00		5	2	12
12	Sandy Accordino '99		5	2	12
4	Irene Permut '99		3	4	10
24	Heather Kestner '98		4	2	10
22	Marnie Huffman-Green '99	1	2	4
20	Kristen Osborn '01		1	1	3
25	Risa Ravitz '00			1	0	2
9	Carline Kelly '01		0	1	1
10	Aleni Pappas '00		0	1	1
Amherst Totals				37	20	94
Opponent Totals				15	7	37

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	PC	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Jes Rich '99		10	4	0	1017	49	74	15	.766	1.03	6
Amherst Totals		10	4	0	1017	49	74	15	.766	1.03	6
Opponent Totals		4	10	0	1017	160	181	37	.812	2.55	2

Current Record: 10-4
Last Week: 	at Trinity, L 1-4
		at Colby, W 4-1
This Week:	ECAC Tournament: No. 5 seed
		   Wed Nov 5 at No. 4 Keene State, 4:00pm
		   Sat Nov 8-9 Semifinals and Finals (if win on Wed)

 Women's Volleyball 2-1 for Week

Women's volleyball finished a 2-1 week as the Little III runner-up and after avenging a five-game loss to Pioneer Valley rival Smith last weekend. Kristen Edgar (Colorado Springs, CO) registered 14 kills and 24 digs to lead the Firedogs to a 3-0 sweep of the Pioneers. Amherst followed up with a 3-0 win over Wesleyan at the Little III Championship before falling to Williams in three. Edgar and junior Erin Greenspun (Santa Monica, CA) each had 24 digs against the Ephs, while Nell Berens (Hamilton, MI) added 14 blocks for the Firedogs.


Current Record: 22-11
Last Week: 	at Smith, W 3-0 [15-2, 15-13, 15-12]
		Little IIIs - 2nd place
		    at Wesleyan, W 3-0 [15-10, 15-6, 15-5]
		    Williams, L 0-3 [8-15, 12-15, 12-15]
This Week:	Fri-Sat Nov 7-8 NESCACs at Tufts

 Cross Country Competes at NESCACs

Amherst finished in the middle of the pack at the NESCAC Championships as the men brought home a 5th place trophy and the women an 8th place finish. Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) came in second in the men's race to a Bates course record and his first non-victory against Division III competition. Dan Chandler (Selkirk, NY) followed as the sixth fastest man. Dini Pineda (Oklahoma City, OK) led the women with her 18th place finish, followed by the injured Co-Captain Kelly Jennings (Stony Brook, NY).


Last Week: NESCAC Championships at Bates
		Men: 5th place, 109 points
		Women: 8th place, 187 points
This Week: Sat Nov 8 ECACs at Westfield State

Women's Tennis Final Individual Records Singles Doubles Jamie Cohen '01 16-1 12-1 Pam Diamond '99 14-3 14-3 Neely Steinberg '99 16-1 14-3 Sam Toerge '99 8-5 11-4 Patti Jo '01 8-5 1-3 Carolyn Pastel '01 11-2 11-3 Sally Childs '98 1-0 10-2 # # # 11/4/97