Amherst College Weekly Fall Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 9 for athletic events from November 3 - 12, 1997

 Williams Spoils Perfect Season...Again

In even more dramatic fashion than last year's game-winning touchdown with 36 seconds left on the clock, archrival Williams spoiled Amherst's quest for the Jeffs' first undefeated season since 1984, and their first victory over the Ephs since 1986. Football finishes its 1997 campaign with its second straight 7-1 season with a piece of the Little III title.

Leading Amherst to within two seconds of a perfect season was senior Co-Captain Rich Willard (Johnstown, NY), who concluded his collegiate football career with his best game in four years. Rallying the Jeffs from 17- and 14-point deficits toward late-game leads, the quarterback threw 26-of-44 completions for a whopping 378 yards. His five touchdowns broke the Amherst record for most passing TDs in a single game, and it brought Willard's senior season total to 16, tying yet another Lord Jeff best. The signal-caller also challenged three more single-game records, falling one shy of most attempts in a game (45), two short of most completions (28) and just 15 off the most yards in one game (393). Already Amherst Career Passing Leader (4,387 yards) and Career Attempts Leader (563), Willard was recognized as the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week. The Football Writers of New England also named Willard the winner of the Coca Cola Gold Helmet Award, presented weekly to the most outstanding player in Divisions II and III football as the New England Player of the Week.

Amherst faced its first deficit of the season when Williams scored on the opening kickoff. However, the Jeffs matched the Ephs two minutes later to tie the game at 7-7 on a Darin Byrne (Winchester, MA) three-yard run. As Amherst prepared to respond to a second Eph score, Williams leveled its first sack against Willard and recovered the ensuing fumble to halt the Jeff momentum.

Surviving two more sacks, Willard had seen enough as Amherst trailed 24-7 with 1:24 left in the first half. The last time the Jeffs were on the short end of such a score was in their 33-10 loss to Trinity in 1995. Amherst mounted a seven-play scoring drive in just 1:17 to cut the lead to 10 at the break. Willard racked up 79 of his 109 first half passing yards on that drive, including a 36-yard bomb to senior wideout Shaun Quigley (Chicopee, MA) in the endzone.

The trademark Amherst defense resurfaced in the third quarter as it shut out the Ephs and allowed backup QB Sean Keenan (Rutland, VT) only five yards of total offense in 14 minutes. Picking up where they had left off in the first half, the Jeffs scored on three successive possessions on 8-11 passing by Willard and 132 total yards on 17 plays. A 34-yard field goal by rookie Liam Fleming (Braintree, MA) brough Amherst within a touchdown, which the Jeffs scored on a three-play 44 second drive. The 15-yard catch by Colin Barnacle (Denver, CO) in the endzone tied the game at 24 with 9:52 left in the third.

Amherst took its first lead of the game five minutes later on Willard's third TD pass of the day, a 4-yard lob to Todd Haggerty (Albany, NY), one play after an incompletion to the senior in the endzone. The Jeffs looked to extend their lead late in the quarter, but an interception at the Williams 20 again turned the momentum in the Ephs' favor. Williams converted the pick into a touchdown early in the fourth, and the Ephs would reclaim the lead on their next possession. Lining up for only their second field goal in 17 games (their first bringing their lead to 24-7 in the second quarter), ECAC and NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Week Colin Vataha (Lincoln, MA) sank a 22-yard field goal, but had the play called back as Amherst was penalized for roughing the kicker. First down Williams. A two-yard run gave Williams a 38-31 lead, and they reclaimed possession on a fumbled kickoff return at the Amherst 33. Taking advantage of the Jeffs' third turnover of the day, Williams let rookie running back Fred Storz (Rockaway, NJ) carry the Ephs to a 45-31 lead.

But, again, Amherst staged a dramatic comeback. Despite suffering his fourth sack on the opening play, Willard orchestrated a 10-play pure pass drive for 86 yards for Quigley's second score. The defense held Williams to three and out on their next possession as Amherst stormed down the field toward the endzone. Hitting Haggerty with a 15-yarder, Willard's next receiver was ECAC and NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Week Matt Hall (Lincroft, NJ), whose second collegiate catch was from 34-out into the endzone. Lining up for what appeared to be an ordinary extra point attempt, PAT holder Hall stood on the snap for a perfect pass to Haggerty deep in the endzone. Amherst led 46-45 on its only two-point conversion attempt of the year.

Unwilling to disappoint its Homecoming crowd or the television audience watching on NESN, Williams took advantage of the 1:49 remaining on the game clock. Despite a 13-yard sack by senior linebacker Jake Conca (Attleboro, MA), the Ephs plowed to midfield, where an Amherst personal foul pushed Williams to the 35. Defense held the Ephs to only three yards in three plays, but Williams turned to its newest weapon as Vataha positioned himself for a 27-yard field goal. With two seconds left on the clock, the ball sailed through the uprights as Williams forced a three-way tie for Little III.

at Weston Field, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Amherst (7-1)		7	7	17	15 -- 46
Williams (7-1)		14	10	0	24 -- 48

First Quarter
10:41	W Peter Supino 10 run (Colin Vataha kick)
8:38	A Darin Byrne 3 run (Liam Fleming kick)
3:06 	W Mike McAdam 1 run (Vataha kick)
Second Quarter
10:16	W Michael Cleary 5 pass from Supino (Vataha kick)
1:24 	W Vataha 35 field goal
0:07	A Shaun Quigley 36 pass from Rich Willard (Fleming kick)
Third Quarter
11:17	A Fleming 34 field goal
9:52	A Colin Barnacle 15 pass from Willard (Fleming kick)
5:16	A Todd Haggerty 4 pass from Willard (Fleming kick)
Fourth Quarter
14:38	W Supino 2 run (Vataha kick)
9:53	W Paul Bethe 2 run (Vataha kick)
7:41	W Fred Storz 10 run (Vataha kick)
4:33	A Quigley 19 pass from Willard (Fleming kick)
1:49	A Matt Hall 34 pass from Willard (Hall pass to Haggerty good)
0:02	W Vataha 27 field goal
Attendance: 11,500

			Amherst		Williams
First downs		21		25
Rushing-yards		23-59		45-219
Passing yards		378		283
Return yards		176		122
Passes			44-26-1		40-19-0
Punts			5-127		7-204
Fumbles-lost		2-2		2-0
Penalties-yards		6-57		7-23
Rushing: A Darin Byrne 13-36, Bob DiSabato 4-15, Rich Willard 6-(-22). W Fred Storz 22-130, Peter Supino 11-49, Mike McAdam 7-23, Paul Bethe 1-2, Brandon Davidson 2-(-8), Sean Keenan 2-(-15).
Passing: A Willard 44-26-1 378 yards. W Supino 37-18-0 269 yards, Keenan 3-1-0 14 yards.
Receiving: A Shaun Quigley 7-135, Byrne 7-45, Todd Haggerty 7-105, DiSabato 1-10, Matt Hall 1-34, Paul Rieckhoff 1-31, Colin Barnacle 1-15, Stephen Cohen 1-3. W Matt Sigrist 6-152, Mike Cleary 5-46, Ian Macallister 4-24, Mike Paolercio 2-49, Fred Storz 1-10, Chris Cuneo 1-2.

Season Notes: Amherst College Football (7-1)


1997 Amherst College Results (7-1)
Sept 20	at Hamilton	W 38-0
Sept 27	Bowdoin		W 30-0
Oct 4	Middlebury	W 22-17
Oct 11	at Colby	W 35-0
Oct 18	Wesleyan	W 36-14
Oct 25	at Tufts	W 14-6
Nov 1	Trinity		W 35-8
Nov 8	at Williams	L 46-48
 
Tentative 1998 Amherst Football Schedule
Sept 26	Bates		1:30
Oct 3	at Bowdoin	1:30
Oct 10	at Middlebury	1:30
Oct 17	Colby		1:30
Oct 24	at Wesleyan	1:30
Oct 31	Tufts		1:30
Nov 7	at Trinity	1:00
Nov 14	Williams	12:00
 

 Men's Soccer Blazes to NCAA New England Regional

Men's soccer posted its first win against archrival Williams since 1982 to propel the Jeffs into their third NCAA Tournament in five years. As the first team in Amherst history to receive an NCAA bid in 1993, men's soccer revisited the national tournament in 1995, and the Jeffs have received a No. 4 seed in the New England region in 1997.

Andy Kay (North Easton, MA) earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for his two-assist performance to subdue the Ephs, and he propelled the Jeffs to an NCAA first-round victory over Middlebury. The sophomore scored in the third minute to give Amherst an early 1-0 lead, and he notched a go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute. But his victory run was premature as the Panthers fought back to tie the match with just 1:12 left in regulation to force overtime.

Middlebury took a 3-2 lead within a minute of extra time, but Kay fed senior Devin Talbott (Washington, DC) in the 99th minute for an Amherst equalizer. Both teams remained scoreless through three more overtime periods to force a shootout to see who would advance to the New England Championship this weekend at Bowdoin.

Senior Captain Tim Christian (Agawam, MA) stepped to the line to kick off the shootout, but his blast to the left side of the net was saved. Kay converted on his PK, and senior sweeper Nate McDonald (Burnsville, MN) tied the score 2-2. The third Panther stepped to the line and sent his shot just wide of the net. Brian Angelini (Granada Hills, CA), who scored the game-winner at Williams in overtime, gave Amherst a 3-2 lead. Middlebury continued to curve its shots to keeper Kevin Larner's (Short Hills, NJ) right, but the fourth Panther shot skittered off the outside left post and back into the box. Sophomore Gary Kegal (Woodway, WA) sealed Amherst's trip to Maine with a score in the left corner of the net. This is the second time Amherst and Middlebury have met in the NCAA Tournament, with Amherst emerging victorious in penalty kicks both times.

Propelling the Jeffs into the "Big Dance" was a 2-1 Homecoming spoiler for Williams. Talbott tied the match early in the second half off a Kay header, and the archrivals faced sudden death with a 1-1 tie. But midway through the first extra period, Kay struck again with a cross to Angelini for the game-winner.

Amherst faces top-seeded Bowdoin on Saturday for a spot in the Regional Championship. The NESCAC rivals have met once before this season, with Amherst claiming a 3-1 victory on Hitchcock Field. The winner of that game will face the winner of Plymouth State-Wheaton for an invitation to the National Quarterfinals next week. Amherst entered the post-season with a 3-1 record against the 40-team field.


No.	Name			G	A	P
11	Andrew Kay '00		9	5	23
4	Tim Christian '98	8	0	16
9	Devin Talbott '98	5	3	13
7	Matthew Diggs '99	4	4	12
10	Gary Kegal '00		1	3	5
5 	Brian Angelini '00E	1	2	4
3	Nate McDonald '98	1	1	3
18	Mike Sullivan '98	1	1	3
2	Ben Haley '99		0	1	1
12	Mike Grant '99		0	1	1
Amherst Totals			30	22	82
Opponent Totals			22	16	58

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Kevin Larner '99	9	4	2	1433	89	21	.809	1.32	3
Stephen Tornabene '01	0	2	0	20	3	1	.750	4.50	0
Amherst Totals		9	4	2	1453	92	22	.807	1.36	3
Opponent Totals		4	9	2	1453	88	30	.746	1.86	2

Current Record: 9-4-2
Last Week:	at Williams, W 2-1 OT
		NCAA First Round, No. 4 seed
		   No. 5 Middlebury, T 3-3 4ot (4-2 PKs)
This Week:	NCAA New England Championship
		  Sat Nov 15 at No. 1 Bowdoin, 10:30am
		  Sun Nov 16 v. No. 2 Plymouth State/No. 3 Wheaton, 12:00pm (if win Sat)

 Women's Soccer Wins Metro Region Championship

Women's soccer charged the the National Quarterfinals with a pair of victories in the Metro Region to claim the Championship if its first-time region. On Saturday the Jeffs host Mid-Atlantic Champ Elizabethtown, who has outscored NCAA opponents 9-1 in three games, including a 2-1 ousting of The College of New Jersey, last year's national runner-up.

Amherst cruised to a 2-0 victory over Western Connecticut behind the sophomore scoring of Katie Connelly (East Granby, CT) and Genny Furst (Deephaven, MN). But the test came against second-seeded William Paterson, who boasted a 2-0 lead on the Jeffs with less than seven minutes left in regulation. Refusing to disappoint their home crowd, the top-ranked Jeffs staged a comeback reminiscent of their Homecoming victory over Wesleyan.

Receiving a throw-in down the left sideline, Lesley Greene (Westport, CT), recently moved from sweeper to striker, set a cross onto the foot of All-American Shaunette Richards (Mays Landing, NJ) for Amherst's first score with 6:09 to play. Just 47 seconds later, Connelly blasted the equalizer from the top of the 6 to force overtime. Thirty scoreless minutes elapsed to usher in sudden death elimination. As the first period waned, Connelly struck for the third time this weekend, sealing the Metro Region Championship in the 131st minute. For her spectacular performances, the sophomore was named the NESCAC Player of the Week.


No.	Name			G	A	P
15	Kathryn Hersey '99	10	4	24
8/1	Katie Connelly '00	7	4	18
14	Ellie Hickerson '98	1	8	10
9	Shaunette Richards '98	4	1	9
4	Genny Furst '00		4	1	9
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	1	5
6	Lesley Greene '00	0	1	1
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			37	29	103
Opponent Totals			11	9	31

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Sarah Fabian '98	14	2	0	1497	112	10	.918	0.60	6
Katie Connelly '00	0	0	0	23	3	1	.750	3.91	0
Amherst Totals		14	2	0	1520	115	11	.913	0.65	6
Opponent Totals		2	14	0	1520	167	37	.819	2.19	2

Current Record: 14-2
Last Week: NCAA Metro Regional Tournament at Amherst
		Western Connecticut, W 2-0
		William Paterson, W 3-2 2ot
This Week: NCAA National Quarterfinals at Amherst
		Sat Nov 15 Elizabethtown, 12:00pm

 Field Hockey Finishes in ECAC Tournament

Making their third straight post-season appearance, Amherst field hockey concluded its 1997 campaign in the ECAC Tournament as the No. 5 seed. Traveling to Keene State, the Jeffs found themselves trailing 1-0 less than two minutes into the match. While Amherst outshot the Owls 17-12, the Jeffs fell 2-1 in scoring as keeper Jes Rich (Stillwater, NY) made 13 saves. Junior Tri-Captain Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) notched Amherst's lone goal with 1:33 left in the game as part of the Jeffs' record breaking 38 goals this season. The previous single-season record had been 35 goals, set in both 1984 and 1985.


No.	Name				G	A	P
3	Gretchen Bowe '01		9	2	20
2	Tyra Gettleman '00		8	4	20
11	Alie Stechenberg '00		5	2	12
12	Sandy Accordino '99		5	2	12
4	Irene Permut '99		4	4	12
24	Heather Kestner '98		4	3	11
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				38	22	97
Opponent Totals				17	9	43

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	PC	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Jes Rich '99		10	5	0	1087	65	80	17	.793	1.09	6
Amherst Totals		10	5	0	1087	65	80	17	.793	1.09	6
Opponent Totals		45	10	0	1087	174	194	38	.821	2.45	2

Final Season Record: 10-5
Last Week: 	ECAC Tournament: No. 5 seed
			at No. 4 Keene State, L 1-2

 Women's Volleyball Earns Fifth Straight ECAC Bid

Finishing the regular season with a 24-12 record, the Firedogs earned their fifth straight bid to the ECAC Tournament with a No. 4 seed in the eight-team championship at Smith College. Amherst will look to avenge an earlier four-game loss to Gordon in the first round for another crack at Pioneer Valley rival Smith, the top-seed and host.

Propelling the Firedogs into the post-season was a third-place finish at the NESCAC Championships. Downing Colby in three games for the third time this season, Amherst fell in four to Williams before claiming the consolation match 3-2 over Tufts. Three players earned All-League honors as Kristen Edgar (Colorado Springs, CO) and Erin Greenspun (Santa Monica, CA) were named to the All-NESCAC Second Team, while senior co-captain Liz Delsman (Brooklyn, NY) earned Honorable Mention distinction. Greenspun was also a member of the NESCAC All-Tournament Team.


Current Record: 24-12
Last Week: NESCAC Championship - 3rd place
		Colby, W 3-0
		Williams, L 1-3
		at Tufts, W 3-1
This Week: ECAC Tournament at Smith, No. 4 seed
		Fri Nov 14 v. No. 5 Gordon, 6:00pm
		Sat Nov 15 Winner v. No. 1 Smith/No. 8 Elmira, 11:00am
		Sat Nov 15 Championship Match, 4:00pm

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