AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Seven student-athletes representing three Amherst varsity programs earned All-Star recognition by a vote of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) coaches in their respective sports.
Tim Christian (Agawam, MA), a senior co-captain of the Amherst men's soccer team, was named a First Team All-Star after finishing the regular season as the team's leading scorer with eight goals. The Jeffs jumped out to a 7-0-1 record to peak at No. 1 in New England and No. 4 in the country, the highest national ranking the program has received in its 77-year history. His team currently stands at 9-4-2 and will face top-seeded Bowdoin in the NCAA New England Region Semifinal on Tuesday, November 18 at 10:30am. This is the third NCAA appearance by Amherst men's soccer in five years.
Field hockey earned two league honorees as Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) was named to the All-NESCAC First Team, and fellow junior Marnie Huffman-Green (Bethesda, MD) made the All-League Second Team. As a Lord Jeff Tri-Captain, Permut notched four goals and four assists as a junior, and the two-time All-Star also earned Regional First Team honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), making her eligible to repeat as an All-American. Huffman-Green scored a goal and assisted two others from the midfield, and she earned NFHCA Regional Second Team honors for the second-straight year. The Jeffs kicked off the season with their best start ever at 7-0 before finishing with a 10-5 mark in the ECAC Tournament.
Women's soccer just concluded its season with a 14-3 mark in the Jeffs' fourth straight NCAA Tournament. Leading the team were four NESCAC All-Stars, First Teamers Shaunette Richards (Mays Landing, NJ) and Ellie Hickerson (Davenport, IA), and Second Team members Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) and Sarah Fabian (Dover, MA). An All-American as a junior, Richards notched four goals and an assist as a senior, including the goal that rallied the Jeffs to a 3-2 3ot victory over William Paterson in the NCAA Metro Region Championship. Hickerson, meanwhile, has been a stalwart in the backfield, containing opposing offenses and catalyzing the Amherst attack with a goal and eight assists. Junior forward Hersey finished as the team's leading scorer, tallying ten goals and four assists, including game-winners over NESCAC rivals Middlebury, Wesleyan and Tufts. Hersey earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors once this season, as did fellow second-teamer Fabian. The Tri-Captain finished with a .915 save percentage and 0.62 goals allowed average with six shutouts as a senior, 17 in her career. All three seniors also earned All-NESCAC honors last year, as their class has led the Jeffs to all four NCAA appearances, including last year's run to the Final Four.
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