Christian, Kay Named All-New England
Pair Led Amherst to First-Ever NCAA Final Four

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.

1997 NSCAA/Umbro Division III All-New England Men's Team


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

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