Amherst College Weekly Spring Sports Wrap-Up
Issues 7 & 8 for athletic events from April 28 - May 11, 1997

 Baseball Wins Six Straight, Little III Title, and Earns NCAA Berth

Amherst posted six wins for the week to push its season record to 25-4 towards its second straight NCAA bid as the No. 4 seed in the New England region. Facing Brandeis in its first matchup of the weekend, Amherst is 3-2 against the NCAA field, posting wins over Brandeis and Eastern Connecticut State University though falling to Southern Maine within the New England bracket, and splitting games with Allegheny and St. Thomas in the Mideast and Midwest Regions, respectively.

The Jeffs hold onto the No. 1 spot in New England and move up to No. 7 in the nation according to the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III Poll. Though the doubleheader at Williams was cancelled, the archrivals both posted 3-1 records in Little III competition to be trivalry co-champs. In the final week of league score-reporting, leftfielder Josh Carroll (Winchester, MA) earned NESCAC Co-Player of the Week honors as he went 9-for-16 with two homeruns as part of his ten runs. The junior continued his hard-hitting streak through the Endicott and AIC thrashings. Carroll has gone over the fence in four of the Jeffs' last five games after tallying three through the first 24 contests of the season.

The Jeffs kicked off the week with a 14-2 romp over North Adams. Greg Berchelmann (St. Louis, MO) had four hits in five at bats while scoring three runs. His sixth homerun of the season drove in three of his six RBI, the third time this year the sophmore has tallied six RBI in a single game. Centerfielder Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a triple. The Mohawks hit into three double plays while the Jeffs racked up 18 hits, including five players with multiple hits.

Travelling to Wesleyan for what would be their last Little III game, Amherst took a 3-1 lead in the 5th before the Cardinals responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Ian Downes (Pound Ridge, NY) struck out five of the next six batters as the Jeffs fought back to a 5-5 tie early in the 8th off Carroll's first homer of the week. At the top of the 9th with a 6-5 deficit, Amherst took advantage of an early error and scored six runs off three hits for the victory. This is the third time this season the Jeffs have stepped up in the final inning for the win.

Amherst hosted Middlebury in a pair of games for 8-1 and 13-1 wins. Andy Ditchfield (Lebanon, NH) struck out four in 6.0 innings as his ERA remains a cool 0.90 in 20.0 IP. In game two, Carroll opened up the 2nd inning with a solo homer as he went 5-8 against the Panthers for the day.

Carroll continued to lead the Jeffs in their final two games of the season with 6-for-10 hitting, two runs and nine RBI. Graham Callaghan (Burlington, CT) pitched six shut-out innings against Endicott with six strikeouts. He and four others on the pitching staff combined in a 7-0 blanking of AIC. Amherst turned three double plays on the Yellow Jackets


			Hitting: 43 or more at bats	Pitching Statistics
			AB	Hits	RBI	Bat. avg.	IP	Hits	K	ERA
Dan Jin '97		103	49	32	.476
Mike Sullivan '98	80	34	26	.425
Justin Cronk '97	50	21	10	.420
Josh Carroll '98	101	39	38	.386
Greg Berchelmann '00	118	45	45	.381
Mike Brendler '97	114	38	15	.333
Dan Blednick '98	93	30	15	.323
Mike Grant '99		87	25	10	.287
Hugh Quattlebaum '00	92	26	14	.283
Geoff Spies '98		53	8	10	.151
Andy Ditchfield '99						20.0	12	11	0.90
George Gumpert '99						5.0	1	1	1.80
Jon Cross '98		4	1	1	.250		36.0	31	17	2.25
Mike Sweeney '99						38.2	34	19	2.56
Ian Downes '97		1	0	0	.000		48.0	43	39	2.81
Mike Spirito '98						25.1	24	18	2.84
Graham Callaghan '99						27.1	34	16	2.96
John O'Connell '97						10.2	13	5	4.22
Brock Safronoff '97						14.2	24	13	4.91
Chris Smith '00							3.1	5	3	13.50
Amherst Totals		968	337	229	.348		229.0	221	142	2.87
Opponent Totals		889	221	77	.249		218.0	337	94	7.93

Current Record: 25-4 Last Week: North Adams, W 14-2 at Wesleyan, W 11-6 Middlebury, W2 8-1, 13-1 Endicott, W 13-4 at AIC, W 7-0 This Week: Thu-Sat May 15-17 NCAA New England Regionals, No. 4 seed Thu May 15 No. 1 Brandeis

 Softball Finishes Season with First Post-Season Appearance

Amherst concluded its regular season with a 21-4 record to merit in the squad's first-ever post-season appearace. Earning a No. 5 seed in the ECAC North Softball Championship, the Jeffs fell in the quarterfinals to finish its third varsity season with an impressive 21-5 mark. Allison Schwarting (Los Angeles, CA) finished her rookie campaign as one of the top-10 pitchers in all of Division III, ranking 6th in ERA and 10th in strikeouts per seven innings.

Junior Co-Captain Jen Shea (Hatfield, MA) pitched the final two games of the season and tallied an impressive 11 strikeouts in 14 innings. The Jeffs posted nine runs off 10 hits to defeat Mount Holyoke, as they were paced by three runs and 3-for-3 hitting by second baseman Sandy Accordino (Closter, NJ).

Facing Clark in the first round of the ECAC Tournament, Amherst tied the game at 1-1 in the 6th before Shea struck out three straight on 11 pitches in the bottom of the inning. However, the Jeffs stranded Liza Feldman (Lincoln, MA) after the shortstop had stolen 3rd at the start of the 7th. After two Cougars walked, a Clark single scored the game-winner.


			Hitting: 39 or more at bats	Pitching Statistics
			AB	Hits	RBI	Avg.		IP	Hits	K	ERA
Sarah Rinaldi '98		79	32	24	.405
Allison Schwarting '00		80	29	13	.362		107.2	63	104	0.84
Darcy Sweeney '00		85	29	12	.341
Sam Ince '97			74	25	20	.338
Beth Leonard '98		59	19	6	.322
Sandy Accordino '99		84	26	13	.310
Melissa Roja '00		67	20	10	.299
Meghan Henderson '00		78	23	18	.295
Liza Feldman '00		57	11	7	.193
Jen Shea U98			17	7	9	.412		62.1	67	30	3.93
Amherst Totals		725	237	138	.327		170.0	130	134	1.98
Opponent Totals		654	130	31	.199		164.1	237	69	5.93

Final Season Record: 21-5 Last Week: at Mount Holyoke, W 9-5 ECAC Quarterfinals (No. 5 seed) at No. 4 Clark, L 1-2

 Men's Lacrosse Makes Third Straight ECAC Appearance

Men's lacrosse finished its 1997 as the No. 16 team in the nation in the Jeffs' third straight trip to the ECAC Tournament. While Amherst dropped its game at Williams, 8-11, the Jeffs rebounded early in their ECAC quarterfinal game against Connecticut College to take as much as a 6-3 lead over the Camels. However, Connecticut made a fourth-quarter comeback with eight goals to extend its chances of defending its ECAC Title. Last year, the Camels defeated Amherst for the championship.

Tri-Captain Stephen Carr (Concord, MA) was named a Senior All-Star by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and will play in an All-Star game with and against players representing 40 Division I, III and III schools. Carr finished out his career as the team's leading scorer after posting five assists against Williams. He and Peter Clark (Madison, CT) also received All-Snively honors as two of twelve players from five league schools.

Matt Roy (Marblehead, MA) led the Jeffs's attack against the Ephs with four goals. Senior Mike Fitzpatrick (Burlingame, CA) added two goals against the Ephs. Bryan Goldstein (Milton, MA) made 14 saves at Williams before stopping 22 Camel shots.


No	Name			Goals		Assists		Points
44	Stephen Carr '97		18		47		65
28	Todd Nichols '99		27		5		32
46	Matt Roy '99			18		12		30
  9	Mike Fitzpatrick '97		15		4		19
36	Payson Bullard '99		13		3		16
22	Jason Sowers '00		11		3		14
33	John Laufer '99			7		0		7
40	Kyle Bohannon '99		6		0		6
41	Chris Gargiulo '98		6		0		6
23	Todd Robin '98			5		4		9
49	Andy Neviaser '98		5		3		8
30	Jamie Deluca '99		4		2		6
32	Sam Altman '00			5		1		6
  1	George Vrattos '97		4		1		5
24	Darren Malhame '98		4		0		4
35	Geoff Hengerer '99		1		0		1
14	Dan Fleksher '99		0		1		1
Amherst Totals			149		86		235

Goalkeeping W-L T Min Saves Save% GA GAA SOs 7 Bryan Goldstein '99 8-4-0 710 197 .640 111 9.38 0 1 George Vrattos '97 1-0-0 50 7 .700 3 3.60 0 8 Pat Korody '00 0-0-0 21 3 .600 2 5.71 0 Amherst Totals 9-4-0 781 207 .641 116 8.91 0

Final Season Record: 9-4 Last Week: at Williams, L 8-19 ECAC Quarterfinals (No. 4 seed) v. No. 5 Connecticut College, L 8-11

 Women's Lacrosse Wins First-Ever ECAC Championship

Women's lacrosse finished out the season strong with three straight wins to claim the team's first ECAC Championship in the 20-year history of the program. With a 9-4 regular season record and a No. 14 national ranking, Amherst claimed home-field advantage with a No. 3 seeding in the ECAC Tournament. The Jeffs overcame an early 3-0 deficit to Bowdoin and rattled off four straight behind three of five Heidi Cline (Andover, MA) goals to take a 7-4 lead. They extended the margin to 11-6 with a Kate Sullivan (Exeter, NH) shot 26 seconds into the second half before the Bears mounted a comeback of their own. Bowdoin tied the game at 12 with 11:50 to play and netted a go-ahead goal 2:44 later. Poulin and Jess Flynn (Newton, NJ) reclaimed the edge for Amherst until Bowdoin equalized at 14 with 7:14 left in the game. Jen Corso (Collingswood, NJ) scored Amherst's 15th and 16th goals and Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) finished off the game to advance into the semifinals.

Amherst faced Tufts for a berth in the finals and posted an 8-7 victory for the rematch against top-seeded Williams. The Jeffs had fallen to the Jumbos during the regular season on a goal in final minute of play, and Amherst repaid the favor during the post-season as Katherine Poulin (St. David's, PA) scored with 30 seconds on the game-clock for the game-winner. Amherst had as much as a 3-0 lead early in the first half before Tufts scored four in the closing eight minutes of the half towards a 5-4 Jeff lead. The Jumbos tied the game at 7 with 9:21 to play before Poulin netted her third goal of the day.

Facing Williams for the title, Amherst took a 5-2 lead at halftime as the Amherst defense smothered the Ephs. Sullivan posted the Jeffs' sixth goal with 11:29 to play as Amherst's lone tally of the second half, but that would be enough for the Championship. Williams notched two more goals late in the game, but behind Sullivan's three scores, Amherst celebrated its first title and the team's first victory over the Ephs in a decade.

Senior Tri-Captain was named MVP of the Tournament after making 44 saves in three games (22 v. Bowdoin, 10 v. Tufts, 12 v. Williams). She and Sullivan were both named to the Division III Senior All-Star team and were among five Jeffs to earn Regional All-America recognition. Sullivan and Erika Johnson (Newton Highlands, MA) were named to the First Team for the second year in a row. The pair and Permut are now eligible for All-America recognition. Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) made the Second Team for the second straight year, along with Auth.

In the final week of the regular season, Amherst posted a 2-1 record. The Jeffs pounded Mount Holyoke 16-2, stifling the Lyon offense with ten interceptions on the Jeff defense. Johnson tallied five in the game among her 13 interceptions this season. Poulin led the eight Amherst goal-scorers with three and two assists as the Jeffs outshot Mount Holyoke 44-6.

Amherst continued to dominate against Springfield, the team suffered a 9-5 loss at Williams, despite scoring all five goals in the second half. Kestner posted three goals while Auth made 12 saves in the cage.


No.	Name			Goals		Assists		Points
6	Kate Sullivan '97		29		15		44
24	Heather Kestner '98		29		12		41
14	Eliza Meade '98			21		20		41
15	Heidi Cline '98			27		11		38
17	Katherine Poulin '00		18		4		22
23	Jen Corso '99			12		8		20
11	Alie Stechenberg '00		11		6		17
16	Christina Smith '99		11		4		15
4	Irene Permut '99		8		4		12
10	Rachel Bernstein		7		3		10
19	Jessica Flynn '98		2		5		7
18	Erika Johnson '98		2		2		4
8	Julia Vitarello '99		1		1		2
21	Laura McAloon '97		1		1		2
12	Emma Radin '99			1		0		1
5	Liz Roth '99			1		0		1
9	Aimee Carroll '99		1		0		1
Amherst Totals			187		97		284

Goalkeeping Min Saves Save % GA GAA SOs 32 Molly Auth'97 947 177 .623 107 6.78 0 33 Sarah Evans '99 25 8 .800 2 4.80 0 Amherst Totals 972 185 .629 109 6.73 0

Final Season Record: 12-4 Last Week: at Mount Holyoke, W 16-2 Springfield, W 11-2 at Williams, L 5-9 ECAC Quarterfinals (No. 3 seed) v. No. 6 Bowdoin, W 17-14 ECAC Semifinals at Williams v. No. 2 Tufts, W 8-7 ECAC Championship at No. 1 Williams, W 6-5

 Men's Tennis Advances to NCAA National Championship

Seeded No. 2 at the NCAA Regionals, men's tennis was one of two teams to advance out of New England to the National Championship. After a bye in the first round, the Jeffs faced Swarthmore for the second time this season and posted a 4-2 victory (Ryan Cole (Pikesville, MD) did not complete his match since Amherst had already won). Amherst squeaked by third-seeded Binghamton 4-3 for the trip to Lexington, Virginia for Nationals.

Cole and Harlan Stock (West Hartford, CT) posted two wins at No. 3 doubles as Amherst won both doubles points for the weekend. Co-Captain Ed Rosenfeld (Lexington, KY) breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Swarthmore before bringing home a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Binghamton. A day after dropping his only match to a Division III opponent, Adam Wolf (Roslyn Heights, NY) was up a set and up 5-0 in the second, 40-0 in the game. However, the junior dropped the second set and regrouped for a 6-4 win in the third.


Individual Match Records	Singles		Doubles
Bruce Jacobs '97			15-6		6-14
Harlan Stock '99			14-7		13-7
Ryan Cole '98				11-9		13-7
Ed Rosenfeld '97			13-8		6-14
Yo Kobayashi '99			13-8		14-8
Adam Wolf '98				19-2		---
Noah Lippe-Klein '98			----		14-8

Season Record: 14-3 Last Week: NCAA Regionals at Williams, No. 2 seed v. No. 7 Swarthmore, W 4-2 v. No. 3 Binghamton, W 4-3 This Week: Fri-Sun May 16-18 NCAA Nationals at Washington & Lee Fri v. Washington College

 Women's Tennis Places 7th at NCAATeam Championships

Women's tennis finished out the season with a 7th place finish at Nationals after a 2-2 match showing. After besting the University of the South, 6-3 in the first round, Amherst fell to the eventual runners-up, Trinity (TX). Playing in the backdraw championships, Amherst dropped its third round match to host Claremont-McKenna-Scripps before defeating Williams for the second time this year for 7th place.

Pam Diamond (Trumbull, CT) qualified for the individual championship as one of the top-32 singles players in the nation. After winning 6-4, 6-3 in the first round, Diamond fell in the quarterfinals to conclude the weekend with a 3-3 singles record against the best in the country.

Neely Steinberg (Concord, MA) posted a 3-1 record at the end of her sophomore season, after dropping her only match of the spring and only second of the year in the opening round. Senior Co-Captain Susanne Santola (Summit, NJ) and the doubles team of Diamond and Steinberg also came home with 3-1 showings to lead Amherst.


Individual Records		Singles		Doubles
Pam Diamond '99				11-6		15-2
Ting Yu '97				7-7		12-3
Neely Steinberg '99			16-1		15-2
Susanne Santola '97			13-3		11-5
Sam Toerge '99				10-6		11-5
Sally Childs '98			11-5		12-3

Final Season Record: 8-3 spring, 17-3 overall Last Week: at NCAA Championships, 7th place v. University of the South, W 6-3 v. Trinity (TX), L 3-6 v. Claremont-McKenna-Scripps, L 4-5 v. Williams, W 6-3

 Men's and Women's Track and Field Prepare for NCAAs

Men's and women's track set five records as five student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships. Amanda Weiss (Larchmont, NY) has been leaving the competition in the dust as she has won her last four events, setting a new school record and clocking an NCAA provisional qualification time in the 1500 with a 4:43.21 finish. The senior already has an automatic bid for the 3000 at Nationals, and she may also run the 1500, 5000 and 10,000.

Rachael Holloway (Lake Oswego, OR)Jand Kate Rob (Montpelier, VT) were also NCAA provisional qualifiers at women's ECACs. Holloway finished 4th in the 200 with a 58.66, while Rob broke her own school record with 4,229 points in the Heptathlon. Arianne Sperry (Portland, OR) set the freshman record in the 800 with a 17th place finish in 2:23.39.

Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) clocked an automatic qualfying time with a 1:51.35 in the 800 at men's New Englands. In addition to this school-record time, Mitchell also has a provisional time in the 1500 for Nationals. Senior Co-Captain Donald Baril (Perrysburg, OH) also set a new record, taking down the school best in the 10,000 by a whopping 32 seconds with a 31:24.79 and an NCAA provisional time.


Last Week: 	Women's New England Div IIIs at Tufts, 8th place
		Men at Springfield College
		Men's New Englands at Tufts, 9th place
		Women's ECACs at Wesleyan, 7th place
This Week:	Thu-Fri May 15-16 Women's New England Open at Williams
		Fri- Sat May 16-17 Men's New England Open at Northeastern

 Men's and Women's Golf

After winning the Little III title, men's golf qualified as one of four teams in District I for the NCAA Championships. Erik Hardenbergh (Wayland, MA), Stephen Brandt (Atlanta, GA), David Fiorentino (Winchester, MA), Tom Carideo (Winthrop, MA), Ryan Szczepanik (Kensington, CT) and Mark Still (Devon, PA) will compete with the top 23 teams and 120 best individuals in the nation.

Cydny Stevens (Lee's Summit, MO) qualified as an individual for the women's NCAA Championship.


Last Week:	Men's Little IIIs at Wesleyan, 1st place
This Week:	Tue-Fri May 13-16 Men's NCAA Championship at Otterbein College
		Wed-Sat May 14-17 Women's NCAA Championshiip at Rollins College

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