AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Two members of the Amherst College men's soccer team were named to the 1997 Division III All-New England Men's Soccer Squad as chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and co-sponsored by Umbro. They are among the 33 best players in the region and represent 20 colleges and universities.
Tim Christian (Agawam, MA) earned his second All-Region honors as a First Team member, and he went on to be named to the 1997 All-America Second Team. The senior was a key link in the midfield as an aggressive defender and offensive spark. His eight goals led the team during the regular season, including a pair of goals against Babson and at Colby. Christian tacked on four assists in the post-season, feeding forward Matt Diggs (Seattle, WA) for all three of his tournament tallies, and assisting the Jeffs' final goal of the year in the national semifinals. Entering Amherst as a high school All-American, Christian concludes his collegiate soccer career with 17 goals and 17 assists.
Andy Kay (North Easton, MA) was named to the All-New England Third Team as he led the Jeffs with 12 goals and four assists in his sophomore campaign. Kay posted his first career hat trick in a 3-3 overtime tie with then-defending ECAC Champion Connecticut College before assisting both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory over archrival Williams to earn NESCAC Player of the Week honors. The forward exploded in the post-season with five goals and an assist, most notably the lone-goal in the Final Four to give Amherst a precarious 1-0 lead over then-defending national champion The College of New Jersey. Kay posted three multiple-goal games, including two tallies in an NCAA First Round thriller with Middlebury, followed by a pair of scores, including the game-winner, against Plymouth State in the New England Championship.
Amherst men's soccer had its finest season in the 77-year history of the varsity team as it finished in its first-ever NCAA Final Four with a 12-5-2 record. Under the renewed direction of Peter Gooding, the Jeffs earned their most wins in a single campaign in its longest season of 19 games. The team jumped out to a 7-0-1 start as the top-team in New England for three-straight weeks with its highest national rank ever, No. 4 in the country. The Jeffs will start the 1998 campaign with a No. 4 national rank, as they return at least 14 members from their Final Four squad.
Pos. Name Yr. School Hometown First Team GK Graham Nelson Sr. Colby North Andover, MA B Chris Clark Sr. Middlebury Hanover, NH B Greg Classen* Sr. Williams Bellston Lake, NY B David DeCew* Jr. Bowdoin Newton, MA M Tim Christian* Sr. Amherst Agawam, MA M Jim Manganello Jr. Wheaton Duxbury, MA M Dan Pucci*** Sr. Babson Boxford, MA F Matt Adler So. Tufts Princeton, NJ F Matt Murphy** Sr. Brandeis Duxbury, MA F Eric Reed Fr. Wheaton Dallas, TX F Brett Scaccia** Sr. Plymouth State Stratham, NH Second Team GK Magnus Karlsson Sr. Plymouth State Vasteras, Sweden B Brian Medieros* Sr. Bridgewater State Mansfield, MA B Jed Mettee Sr. Bowdoin Dover, NH B Erwin Smith Sr. Western Connecticut Hartford, CT M Kevin Chevalier Sr. Keene State Peterborough, NH M Mike Taylor* Sr. Middlebury Wellesley, MA M William Wilson* Jr. Wesleyan St. Mary, Jamaica F Jonah Fontella Jr. Connecticut College Hamden, CT F Jason Horowitz Sr. Williams Milwaukee, WI F Jay Lessard Sr. Bowdoin Wiscasset, ME F Shaun McDonough Sr. WPI Whitman, MA Third Team GK Peter Levarseur Sr. Salem State Salem, MA B Matt Ferrigno Sr. Bates Southwick, MA B Jacque Goupil Sr. Babson Monteville, NJ B Charles Owusu Jr. Keene State Manchester, NH M Doug Brown Sr. WPI Grafton, MA M Evan Dabby Sr. Tufts Tenafly, NJ M Andy Young Sr. Colby Medway, MA F Paul Alzapiedl Sr. Roger Williams Garnerville, NY F Ben Hardy* Jr. Middlebury Durham, NH F Andy Kay So. Amherst North Easton, MA F Karl Labradorf Fr. Westfield State Wilbraham, MA Each * denotes previous apperance on All-New England Team # # # 12/15/97