Tim Christian Named All-America
Senior Captain led Jeffs to first-ever NCAA Final Four

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Tim Christian (Agawam, MA), a senior co-captain of the Amherst College men's soccer team, was named to the Division III All-America Second Team as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and co-sponsored by Umbro. The midfielder is among the nation's 37 best Division III players representing 30 colleges and universities.

Christian concluded his collegiate soccer career in the program's first-ever NCAA Final Four and finest showing in its 77-year history. The senior led the Jeffs with his steady midfield play that generated a team-leading eight tallies in the regular season, including a pair of two-goal games. Christian added four assists in the NCAA Tournament, feeding junior Matt Diggs (Seattle, WA) for all three of his post-season scores. He wrapped up the season by setting up sophomore Andy Kay (North Easton, MA) for Amherst's final goal in the national semifinals against defending champion College of New Jersey. Christian will graduate with 17 goals and 17 assists in his collegiate career as a two-time New England All-Star.

The midfielder entered Amherst as a high school All-American out of Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Christian exploded in his rookie campaign, leading the Jeffs with four goals and four assists, followed up with a two goal-six assist showing in his first trip to the NCAAs as a sophomore. Amherst advanced to the 1995 New England Finals before falling to eventual national champ Williams.

1997 Amherst men's soccer jumped out to a 7-0-1 start under the renewed direction of Peter Gooding, who had returned to coaching after a seven-year hiatus. Maintaining a No. 1 ranking in New England for three straight weeks, the Jeffs peaked at fourth in the country, the highest placement any men's soccer team has earned at Amherst College and where they will begin the 1998 season. Despite dropping four games in a five-match span, the Jeffs rebounded in their regular season finale with a 2-1 overtime victory at archrival Williams to propel them into their third-ever NCAA Tournament.

The Jeffs survived a first-round quadruple overtime thriller against Middlebury before earning their first-ever NCAA victory with a 2-0 blanking of Bowdoin on a pair of Christian assists. Reaching Amherst's third New England Championship game, Christian was the key link in the midfield for a 3-2 upset of Plymouth State. The Jeffs handled Ithaca with a 2-0 win in their first trip out of the New England Region before falling 2-1 to two late-game goals in the Final Four. Amherst finished the 1997 campaign with a 12-5-2 record and the most wins in a single season in a record-setting 19 games.

1997 NSCAA/Umbro Division III All-America Men's Soccer Team


Pos	Name	 		Yr 	School 			Hometown 
First Team
GK	Dan Welch 		Sr 	Macalester 		St. Paul, MN
D	Greg Classen 		Sr 	Williams 		Ballston Lake, NY
D	Lance Key 		So 	Trinity 		San Antonio, TX
D	Bradley Myers	 	So 	Otterbein 		Columbus, OH
M	Dan Collins 		Sr 	Greensboro 		Morrisville, PA
M	Jaime Ramirez* 		Sr 	Trinity 		Carrizo Springs, TX
M	Gregory Stevcic 	Sr 	Gettysburg 		Medford, NJ
F	Eric Brown 		So 	Wheaton (IL) 		Wheaton, IL
F	Jason Cairns** 		Sr 	College of New Jersey 	Brick, NJ
F	Kirk Dietrich 		Sr 	Rochester 		Cleveland Heights, OH
F	Robert Mauw 		So	Wheaton (IL) 		Glen Ellyn, IL 

Second Team
GK	Graham Nelson 		Sr 	Colby 			North Andover, MA
D	Matt Albrecht 		Jr 	Fredonia 		Buffalo, NY
D	Shane Greene 		Sr 	Roanoke 		Salem, VA
D	Derek Schroll* 		Sr 	Greensboro 		Shillington, PA
M	Tim Christian 		Sr 	Amherst 		Agawam, MA
M	Craig Gillan 		Sr 	Mary Washington 	Kennett Square, PA
M	Armin Heuberger 	Jr 	Macalester 		St. Paul, MN
M	Dan Pucci* 		Sr 	Babson 			Boxford, MA
F	Matt Adler 		So 	Tufts 			Princeton, NJ
F	Richie Eger 		Sr 	Kean 			Rahway, NJ
F	Mitshel Lavender 	Sr 	Ithaca 			Lima, Peru
F	Kelsey Olds* 		Jr 	Kenyon 			Minneapolis, MN
F	Brett Scaccia 		Sr 	Plymouth State 		Stratham, NH 

Third Team
G	Jeremy Kirchner 	Sr 	Messiah 		Medford, NJ
D	Edwin Astudillo 	Sr 	Cal Lutheran 		Thousand Oaks, CA
D	David DeCew 		Jr 	Bowdoin 		Newton, MA
D	Daniel Katz* 		Sr	Ithaca 			Potomac, MD
M	Jeff Bateson 		Sr 	Alma 			Midland, MI
M	Gary DePalma 		Sr 	Virginia Wesleyan 	Pittsburgh, PA
M	Jim Manganello 		Jr 	Wheaton (MA) 		Duxbury, MA
M	Jason Webb 		Sr	Messiah 		Camphill, PA
F	Franco Bari 		Sr 	St. Lawrence 		Rochester, NY
F	Michael Domm* 		Sr 	Fredonia 		Rochester, NY
F	Luan Lai 		Sr 	Claremont-Mudd 		Westminster, CA
F	Dan Morlan 		Sr 	Colorado College 	Lake Oswego, OR
F	Greg Rheinheimer 	Jr 	Washington University 	St. Louis, MO 

Each * indicates previous appearances on All-America Team

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