Amherst College Weekly Fall/Winter Sports Update
Issue 11 for athletic events from November 24-30, 1997

 Men's Soccer Finishes in the NCAA Final Four

Amherst men's soccer concluded its Cinderella season in the first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance in the 77-year history of the program. Compiling a 12-5-2 record, the Jeffs set a record for most wins in a single season as they played more games than any other team with 19. Peaking as the No. 4 team in the nation after a 7-0-1 start, men's soccer boasted its finest season ever as they will kick off next year's campaign as one of the top-four teams in the nation.

Claiming its first New England Region Championship with victories over Bowdoin and Plymouth State, Amherst notched its third NCAA victory in the national quarterfinals over Ithaca to propel the Jeffs into Championship Weekend. Amherst had been playing its best soccer of the season in the tournament, stepping up its offensive output to 10 goals in four games while allowing only five with two shutouts.

Pitted against defending the national champion, The College of New Jersey, Amherst held off eight first-half shots with skillful saves by keeper Kevin Larner (Short Hills, NJ). While the Lions controlled the tempo of the game with fast-paced and aggressive play, the Jeffs capitalized on a breakaway late in the half. Senior Co-Captain Tim Christian (Agawam, MA) fed a ball to Andy Kay (North Easton, MA) on the left side of the field with under a minute to play in the first. The sophomore danced by a defender before sending a lob under the crossbar and out of the goalie's reach for Kay's 12th goal of the year and fifth of the tournament. Just 39.4 seconds before the break, the Jeffs had claimed a precarious 1-0 lead.

New Jersey continued to pound the Amherst net for a chance to defend its title, but the backfield of Nate McDonald (Burnsville, MN), Jon George (Minneapolis, MN), Ben Haley (Milford, CT) and Mike Grant (Mendon, MA) robbed the Lions of shots as they helped hold off 14 corner kicks, nine in the second half.

New Jersey was awarded a penalty kick in the 50th minute as Amherst was charged with a handball in the box. But Larner, who had saved a Panther PK in the first round to kick off Amherst's NCAA run, faked out Lion captain Jason Cairns (Brick, NJ) for his seventh save of the game. Refusing to back down, New Jersey locked in the offense in the closing minutes of regulation, tallying their final four shots inside the 18 with less than 10 to play. Their efforts paid off with 6:54 left on the clock as junior Jack San Filippo (Shrewsbury, NJ) sent a deflected corner kick into the upper left corner of the net. Just 68 seconds later, Cairns avenged his spoiled penalty kick attempt with the game-winner.

Wheaton (IL), who had defeated host Mary Washington in the other semifinal, went on to defeat a wearied New Jersey squad 3-0 in the championship game.

NCAA Tournament Notes


No.	Name			G	A	P
11	Andy Kay '00		12	4	28
4	Tim Christian '98	8	4	20
7	Matt Diggs '99		7	5	19
9	Devin Talbott '98	5	4	14
18	Mike Sullivan '98	2	1	5
10	Gary Kegal '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			38	30	106
Opponent Totals			26	20	72

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Kevin Larner '99	12	5	2	1793	112	25	.818	1.25	5
Stephen Tornabene '01	0	2	0	20	3	1	.750	4.50	0
Amherst Totals		12	5	2	1813	115	26	.816	1.29	5
Opponent Totals		5	12	2	1813	107	38	.738	1.89	2

Final Record: 12-5-2 Last Week: NCAA Final Four at Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia Fri Nov 28 The College of New Jersey, L 1-2

 Women's Basketball Falls in Season Opener

Coming off its second straight bid to the ECAC Tournament, women's basketball struggled in its 1997-98 season opener in a 66-56 loss at Westfield State. Plagued by 39 turnovers and 28 personal fouls, the Jeffs found themselves trailing by 10 at the break on just 27.3% shooting.

Amherst rebounded in the second half, however, to shoot 14-25 (56.0%). Despite just walking off the soccer field after the NCAA Quarterfinals, tri-captain Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) dumped in 17 points and pulled down a game-high 9 boards. The junior and sophomore Liza Feldman (Lincoln, MA) combined for eight steals and almost half of Amherst's offense as Feldman added 10 on 4-for-5 shooting. Junior tri-captain Janinne Noel (Dalton, MA) added two more three-pointers to her career total as Amherst's all-time three-point field goal leader (99). Rookie Deirdre McCarthy (Oradell, NJ) was a perfect 3-for-3 on the floor for 8 points in her collegiate debut.


Current Record: 0-1
Last Week: 	at Westfield State, L 56-66
This Week: 	Tue Dec 2 at Mount Holyoke, 7:00pm
		Thu Dec 4 WNEC, 7:00pm

 Men's Ice Hockey Splits in Ben McCabe Tournament

Hosting the Ben McCabe Tournament on the newly renovated Orr Rink, men's ice hockey split a pair of games to finish second in the tournament. Boasting a 3-1 record, the Jeffs are currently ranked No. 2 in the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) College Division Computer Rankings.

After outscoring their first two opponents 10-1, the Jeffs scored first against Connecticut College on the first of two goals by senior Dan Moos (Wayzata, MN) on an assist by rookie Darce Swaggert (Wayzata, MN) midway through the second period. The teams entered the final period tied at 1-1 after a power-play goal by the Camels, before Moos struck again with less than eight to play. Rookie Chris Orszulak (Longmeadow, MA) notched his first collegiate goal with 1:11 on the game clock to propel the Jeffs into the Championship round against Trinity.

Orszulak tallied his fifth assist of the season as he and senior tri-captain Mike Noone (Swampscott, MA) helped Rob MacDonald (Walpole, MA) put Amherst on the board 7:35 into the game. Trinity, however, equalized six minutes later and scored twice in the second period as the Bantam defense held off 17 Lord Jeff shots. While netminder Chris Addesa (Andover, MA) made 19 of his 27 saves in the third period, Amherst worked its way down the ice for a score by Charlie Blyth (Beaconsfield, Quebec) with just over three seconds to play. This win marked the 300th for Bantam Head Coach John Dunham.


Current Record: 3-1
Last Week: Sat-Sun Nov 29-30 Ben McCabe Tournament at Amherst
		Connecticut College, W 3-1
		Championship v. Trinity, L 2-3
This Week:	Fri Dec 5 Hamilton 7:00pm
		Sat Dec 6 Williams, 3:00pm

 Other Winter Action this Week

Wed Dec 3	Women's squash at Connecticut, 6:00pm
		Men's squash v. Vassar, 7:00pm
		Women's ice hockey at Trinity, 7:35pm
Thu Dec 4	Men's basketball at Clark, 7:30pm
Sat Dec 6	Men's and women's indoor track at Coast Guard, 10:00am
		Men's and women's swimming and diving v. Middlebury, 1:00pm
		Men's basketball at Skidmore, 4:00pm
		Women's ice hockey v. Maine, 7:30pm

 Fall Footnotes...

More fall scholar-athletes have been recognized for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Here are the most recent awards:


Football
All-NESCAC: Darin Byrne '99
	David Heaton '98
	Devin Moriarty '98
	Todd Nichols '99
	Rich Willard '98
	Seth Zimmerman '98
NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year: Devin Moriarty '98
NEFW Division II/III All-New England:	David Heaton '98
					Devin Moriarty '98
AFCA/Burger King All-America: Devin Moriarty '98

Women's Soccer NSCAA/Umbro All-Metro First Team: Ellie Hickerson '98 Shaunette Richards '98 Katie Hersey '99 NSCAA/Umbro All-Metro Second Team: Laura Kochansky '98 NSCAA/Umbro All-Metro Third Team: Erika Johnson '98

Field Hockey NFHCA All-Academic Squad: Tyra Gettleman '00 Heather Kestner '98 Irene Permut '99 # # # 12/2/97