Amherst College Weekly Fall/Winter Sports Update
Issue 10 for athletic events from November 13 - 23, 1997

 Men's Soccer Invited to First-Ever NCAA Final Four

With four NCAA Tournament victories under their cleats, Amherst men's soccer became only the second team in school history ever to reach the NCAA Final Four, and the first men's team to do so in any sport. In the process, the Jeffs have compiled a 12-4-2 record to date, breaking the record for most wins in a single season as they seek Amherst's first national title.

After a dramatic 4-2 victory in penalty kicks over NESCAC rival Middlebury in the first round, Amherst survived several snow delays in Brunswick, Maine to emerge with its first New England Championship, though the Jeffs had reached the regional final in each of its two other NCAA appearances. Junior forward Matt Diggs (Seattle, WA) posted a pair of goals off feeds from All-NESCAC Co-Captain Tim Christian (Agawam, MA) toward a 2-0 victory over host Bowdoin.

Facing a tough Plymouth State team for the regional title, the Jeffs faced a 1-0 deficit just 5:49 into the match, but a cross by Devin Talbott (Washington, DC) from the right corner of the field set up the equalizer by Co-Captain Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) in the 13th minute. Sophomore Andy Kay (North Easton, MA) notched the go-ahead goal late in the first half off a Nate McDonald (Burnsville, MN) corner kick, but the Panthers fought back to a 2-2 tie before the break. With the game seemingly headed towards overtime, Kay scored the game-winner with just over five minutes left to play to declare Amherst New England Champions. Amherst had controlled the offense of the game, outshooting the Panthers 20-9 and earning 14 corner kicks compared to three by Plymouth State

Hosting the Northeast Region titlist Ithaca Bombers, the Jeffs fought through muddy conditions toward their 2-0 blanking of the 1996 Final Four team. An Ithaca handball set up a free kick by Ben Haley (Milford, CT) near midfield. Receiving the kick, Christian headed the ball to Diggs for his third tally of the tournament for a 1-0 lead. Rookie Stephen Squillario (Randolph, NJ) sealed the victory with a blast off a Mike Grant (Mendon, MA) feed from the right corner in the 46th minute. Amherst finished with a 9-2 edge in corner kicks.

The Jeffs face defending national champs The College of New Jersey in a semifinal matchup. The winner advances to the Championship game against the winner of host Mary Washington and top-ranked and undefeated Wheaton (IL).

No.	Name			G	A	P
11	Andy Kay '00		11	4	26
4	Tim Christian '98	8	3	19
7	Matt Diggs '99		7	5	19
9	Devin Talbott '98	5	4	14
18	Mike Sullivan '98	2	1	5
10	Gary Kegel '00		1	3	5
3	Nate McDonald '98	1	2	4
5 	Brian Angelini '00E	1	2	4
15	Stephen Squillario '01	1	0	2
6	Jon George '98		0	2	2
12	Mike Grant '99		0	2	2
2	Ben Haley '99		0	1	1
Amherst Totals			37	29	103
Opponent Totals			24	19	67

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Kevin Larner '99	12	4	2	1703	103	23	.817	1.22	5
Stephen Tornabene '01	0	2	0	20	3	1	.750	4.50	0
Amherst Totals		12	4	2	1723	106	24	.815	1.25	5
Opponent Totals		4	12	2	1723	107	37	.743	1.93	2

Current Record: 12-4-2
Last Week: NCAA New England Regional: No. 4 seed at No. 1 Bowdoin, W 2-0 No. 2 Plymouth State, W 3-2 New England Region Champs! NCAA Quarterfinal: Northeast Region Champs Ithaca, W 2-0 This Week: NCAA Final Four at Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia Fri Nov 28 The College of New Jersey, 10:00am Sat Nov 29 Championship Game, 1:00pm

 Women's Soccer Concludes Season in Elite Eight

In the team's fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Amherst women's soccer concluded its season in the National Quarterfinals with a 14-3 record and tying a record for most wins in a season. The Jeffs posted a 2-1 record in the post-season for the second-straight year as they advanced out of their region as Metro Champions.

Moved to Connecticut College because of excessive snow blanketing Hitchcock Field, the Jeffs dominated the offense in the first half as they pounded five shots and six corner kicks at the net. However, Mid-Atlantic Champ Elizabethtown roared out in the second half, leveling seven shots within the penalty area, including the game-winning lob just under the crossbar in the 73rd minute. Keeper Sarah Fabian (Dover, MA) made six saves in her final match, as the members of the Class of '98 conclude their collegiate soccer careers. Tri-Captains Fabian, Ellie Hickerson (Davenport, IA) and Erika Johnson (Newton, MA) lead a pack of seven seniors, including Laura Kochansky (Newton, MA), Beth Leonard (Longmeadow, MA) Shaunette Richards (Mays Landing, NJ) and Kerry Weeks (Longmeadow, MA), who have compiled a 51-9-6 record over four years, set and matched the school record for most wins in a season, and brought home four of ten Little III titles in the 20-year history of the varsity program.

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			12	9	33

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Sarah Fabian '98	14	3	0	1587	118	11	.915	0.62	6
Katie Connelly '00	0	0	0	23	3	1	.750	3.91	0
Amherst Totals		14	3	0	1610	121	12	.910	0.67	6
Opponent Totals		3	14	0	1610	169	37	.820	2.07	3
Final Record: 14-3
Last Week:
NCAA Quarterfinals v. Elizabethtown, L 0-1

 Women's Volleyball Finishes in ECAC Semifinals

In their fifth straight appearance in the ECAC Tournament, fourth-seeded Amherst advanced to the semifinals before falling to top-seeded and eventual champ Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Kristen Edgar (Colorado Springs, CO) had 11 kills against Gordon as the Firedogs avenged an earlier four-game loss to the Fighting Scots in the Hall of Fame Tournament. The junior followed up the next day with 27 digs against the Pioneers while Erin Greenspun (Santa Monica, CA) tallied 14 kills and 26 digs in the four-game loss.

Final Record: 25-13
Last Week: ECAC Tournament, No. 4 seed
		No. 5 Gordon, W 3-1
		at No. 1 Smith, L 1-3

 Men's Basketball Opens up with Two Wins

Coming off their second-ever NCAA appearance, Amherst men's basketball opened up the 1997-98 campaign with a pair of wins at the Ramapo Tournament. Senior Tri-Captain Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA) was named the MVP of the tournament as he averaged 16 points and nine rebounds in two games. Fellow captain John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) kicked off his senior season with a 23-point show against SUNY-Old Westbury before tallying 17 in the Championship game against host Ramapo. Pavelski ups his career total to 1,126 points as Amherst's 10th All-Time leading scorer, and the senior was named to the All-Tournament team.

Current Record: 2-0
Last Week: at Ramapo Tournament
		SUNY-Old Westbury, W 78-68
		Ramapo, W 73-61
This Week: 	Thu Dec 4 at Clark, 7:00pm
		Sat Dec 6 at Skidmore, 4:00pm

 Men's Ice Hockey Roars out to 2-0 Start

Picked seventh with one first-place vote in the Pre-Season ECAC-East Poll, Amherst men's ice hockey picked up a pair of convincing wins on the road. Senior Tri-Captain Mike Noone (Swampscott, MA) recorded a hat trick in the Jeffs' 5-0 blanking at St. Anselm. Rookies Darce Swaggert (Wayzata, MN) and Chris Orszulak (Longmeadow, MA) tallied assists in their collegiate debut while fellow first-year Gregg DiNardo (North Reading, MA) notched a his first goal midway through the third period. Orszulak patched on another pair of assists at New England College as Amherst added another handful of scores to its stats. Netminder Chris Addesa (Andover, MA) currently boasts a .981 save percentage with only one goal allowed in two games.

Current Record: 2-0
Last Week:	at St. Anselm, W 5-0
		at New England College, W 5-1
This Week: Sat-Sun Nov 29-30 Ben McCabe Tournament at Amherst
		Sat Nov 29 Trinity v. Wesleyan, 1:00pm
		Sat Nov 29 Connecticut College, 4:00pm
		Sun Nov 30 Consolation Game, 2:00pm
		Sun Nov 30 Championship Game, 5:00pm
		Fri Dec 5 Hamilton 7:00pm
		Sat Dec 6 Williams, 3:00pm

 Women's Ice Hockey Strong Despite Numbers

Entering its third season as a varsity program, Amherst women's hockey has been a threat on the ice despite its small number of skaters. The Jeffs took a 1-0 lead on Hamilton just two minutes into the season on the first of three Jess Frisch (Bethesda, MD) goals. Rookie Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) tallied two scores in a 10-6 loss to the Continentals, and the pair proved dangerous along with fellow forwards Genny Furst (Deephaven, MN) and Margaret Seiler (Louisville, KY). Val Klein (Philadelphia, PA) and Lisbeth Rowinski (Paistow, NH) continue to be strong on defense, while the duo of Sarah Evans (Columbus, OH) and Cindy Matsushita (Bronx, NY) have made 83 skillful saves in the net.

Current Record: 0-2
Last Week:	Hamilton, L 6-10
		Colgate, L 3-6
This Week:	Wed Dec 3 at Trinity, 7:00pm
		Sat Dec 6 Main, 7:30pm

 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Split Opener

Travelling to Schenechtedy, New York, men's and women's swimming and diving split against Union with a convincing 154-87 rout of the women and a close 104-133 loss for the men. The women claimed top-honors in all but three events as rookies Megan Mardy (Mendham, NJ), Tiffany Johnston (Centerville, MA) and Stacie Botsford (Timonium, MD) won their first collegiate races in the 1000, 500 and 200, respectively. Paul Tedeschi (New York, NY) followed suit in the men's 500, while Matt Smith (North Bridgton, ME) edged out a fellow All-American on the 3-meter to claim first place.

Current Record: Men 0-1	Women 1-0
Last Week: at Union, Men L 104-133	Women W 154-87
This Week: Sat Dec 6 Middlebury, 1:00pm

 Fall Footnotes...

David Nardolillo (Albany, NY) and Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY) were named to the GTE/CoSIDA District I Academic All-America Football Team and are now eligible for national consideration. Nardolillo, a senior offensive lineman, has compiled a 3.38 GPA as an Economics and American Studies major, while Nichols, a junior defensive back, has a 3.69 average with a Poltical Science major.... Tri-Captain Ellie Hickerson (Davenport, IA), midfielder Shaunette Richards (Mays Landing, NJ) and forward Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) all earned First Team All-New England honors from the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) and are now eligible for national recognition. Hickerson and Richards were also named Senior All-Stars by NEWISA, along with earning All-NESCAC First Team honors, while Hersey and senior keeper Sarah Fabian (Dover, MA) were named to the league Second Team....Senior Tri-Captain Jen Shea (Hatfield, MA) was named to the North All-Star Team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and competed under the direction of Amherst Head Coach Chris Paradis against the best seniors in the nation on November 21....Junior Tri-Captain Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) was named a First Team All-American after earning NFHCA Regional All-American First Team honors for the second straight year. Last year the midfielder earned Third Team recognition. Teammates Marnie Huffman-Green (Bethesda, MD) and Tyra Gettleman (Orono, ME) were named to the Regional Second Team, Huffman-Green for the second straight year. Permut and Huffman Green also earned All-NESCAC honors, First and Second Team, respectively.

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