Amherst College Weekly Winter Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 8 for athletic events from February 4 - February 16, 1997

 Women's Squash Finishes 7th in Howe Cup Competition

Ranked 8th in the nation after compiling an 11-7 record in match play, women's squash travelled to Yale for the Howe Cup. Amherst earned a spot in Division I play with the top teams in the country to register a 1-3 record for the weekend, but the Jeffs finished 7th in Howe Cup rankings after avenging a loss earlier in the week to Trinity.

Co-Captain Harriet Ells '97 (Brooklyn, NY) finished her career with a 3-1 match showing at the Howe Cup, losing only a 3-2 decision to Harvard. Ells was also recognized as the recipient of the Betty Richey Award, the most prestigious in women's squash, honoring the athlete for overall excellence and dedication on the court. This is the senior's fourth year playing No. 1.

Earlier in the week, the team faced No. 6 Trinity to round out regular season play. Ells, Page Callaghan '99 (Strafford, PA) and Justine O'Connor '97 (Brooklyn, NY) picked up wins in Hartford before defeating the Bantams' Nos. 1, 2 and 4 players. No. 3 Rachel Nisselson '00 (Brooklyn, NY), No. 5 Sheila Reynolds '99 (Great Falls, VA) and No. 8 Carrie Goodwin '98 (New York, NY) added victories in the Howe Cup over Trinity for a final match score of 6-3, earning Amherst a seventh place finish and the Jeffs' first ever win over the Bantams in women's squash.


Individual Records
Harriet Ells '97		21-4
Page Callaghan '99		8-5
Rachel Nisselson '00		9-10
Justine O'Connor '98		9-11
Sheila Reynolds '99		12-10
Jess Green '97			12-10			Bevin Sell '99			8-2 
Jackie Chen '97		9-12			Melinda Mahaffey '98		5-3
Carrie Goodwin '98		11-9			Sarah Lipton '98		2-0
Kim Karetsky '99		13-9			Christine Kahm '00		1-0

Season Record: 12-10, 8th in nation Last Week: at Trinity, L 3-6 at Howe Cup: Yale, L 1-8 Harvard, L 0-9 Dartmouth, L 2-7 Trinity, W 6-3

 Men's Basketball Earns Three More Wins

Despite a few scares and surprises this week, men's basketball pulled out three more wins this week to remain the third-ranked team in New England. Picking up their second Little III win of the season, the Jeffs remained in the running for the Little III title, contingent upon the outcomes of Wesleyan's second meetings with Amherst and Williams.

Amherst opened the week with an 87-49 romp over Emerson. Billy Skorupski '98 (North Hatfield, MA) had 12 of his 14 points on 6-7 shooting in the first half to spark a 19-0 run over eight minutes towards a 35-23 halftime lead. The Jeffs mounted another series of runs in the second half as they outscored Emerson 52-26 while the Lions committed 17 of the teams' 19 total fouls. Senior Tri-Captain Chris Akers (Washington, DC) registered four blocks on the evening, while the Jeffs nabbed 12 steals.

Against Brandeis three nights later, the Jeffs struggled with a 39-22 halftime deficit, only their fifth of the season. Amherst shot a paltry 9-34 (26.5%) in the first half, though Jamal Wilson '97 (East Orange, NJ) and John Pavelski '98 (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) each sank two three-pointers a piece. Getting no good looks at the basket on the blocks, Amherst turned to the 3-point arc in the second to turnaround the game. The Jeffs hit seven in a row midway through the half to cut the lead to 64-61 with 4:26 to play. A George Charles '97 (Tampa, FL) bomb from long-range with 1:38 left gave Amherst its first lead of the game at 72-69 before the Jeffs closed out the game on the foul line. Pavelski ended up with six treys for the night as part of his team-leading 24 points.

Travelling to Wesleyan for the third Little III game of the season, Amherst came home with a 76-71 win after another scare late in the game. With only a 2-point lead at the half, the Jeffs found themselves down by 1 in the closing minute of play. Wilson sank one of his three 3's with 0:46 to go for a 73-71 lead. As Wesleyan tried for a second-chance bucket with 0:08 to play, Pavelski rejected his third Cardinal from the hoop before he hit the final two free throws to round out the game.


No.	Name				GP	ppg	rpg	apg
21	Jamal Wilson '97		 20	22.1	   5.4	   1.7
41	John Pavelski '98		 20	17.8	   6.9	   1.7
32	Billy Skorupski '98		 20	  9.1	   6.3	   0.7
  4	Julian Rowand '98		 20	  8.4	   4.1	   2.4
44	Chris Akers '97		 20	  5.4	   5.7	   0.9
12	Patrick Mulvey '00		 20	  4.8	   1.9	   1.2
11	George Charles '97		 20	  4.3	   1.7	   3.7
23	Hugh Quattlebaum '00	 16	  3.8	   1.9	   0.8
40	Charles Field '99		   8	  3.5	   1.9	   0.3
24	Chris Ingraham '99		 17	  3.1	   1.7	   0.4
20	Caith Chapman '99		 12	  2.8	   0.4	   2.1
10	Josh Anish '99		   9	  2.3	   1.4	   0.1
31	Jackson Collins '00		   4	  2.3	   2.5	   0.5
  5	Mark MacLeod '99		 15	  2.0	   0.5 	   1.6
  3	Peter Denby '00		   4	  1.5	   1.3	   0.8
30	Chris Smith '00		 12	  1.4	   2.6	   0.3
Amherst Totals			 20	85.1	43.2	16.2
Opponent Totals			 20	70.5	39.6	11.6

Current Record: 17-3 Last Week: Emerson, W 87-49 Brandeis, W 78-72 at Wesleyan, W 76-71 This Week: Wed Feb 19 at Trinity Sat Feb 22 Wesleyan

 Women's Basketball Claims Two More Wins

With victories over Albertus Magnus and Wesleyan for the week, women's basketball pushed its record to 14-7 for the season. Janinne Noel '99 (Dalton, MA) broke the Career Three-Point shooting record with her first of nine this week. Kate Cinella '96 (Lee, MA) held the previous record of 83 through the end of last season. In 46 games, Noel has gone 92-237 (38.8%) from beyond the arc as the team's third leading scorer.

The Jeffs earned their first Little III win of the season with a 78-66 defeat of Wesleyan in their final regular season game in LeFrak. Katie Hersey '99 (Westford, MA) led the team with her ninth double-double of the season with 22-points and 16-rebounds (9 offensive). The sophomore also added five steals to her numbers. Amherst jumped out to a 36-28 halftime lead and, despite a 10-2 Cardinal run in the second, Amherst held on with 40.0% shooting from three-point land. Noel contributed 20 points against the Cardinals, including 15 from long-range and 16 in the second half.

Amherst had kicked off the week with a 58-51 win at Albertus Magnus. Hersey again led the team with 17-points and 11-rebounds, while Noel was 4-9 behind the arc for 14-points and 8-boards. Trailing by two at the half, the Jeffs came together in the second to outscore the Falcons 32-23 in the second for the win. Nora McCartney '98 (Middle Village, NY) registered three blocks at Albertus and two more against Wesleyan to lead the team with 21 for the season.


No.	Name				GP	ppg	rpg	apg
15	Kathryn Hersey '99		20	15.3	  9.8	  1.9
31	Sarah Rinaldi '98		14	10.8	  5.3	  0.6
12	Janinne  Noel '99		21	10.2	  2.7	  1.9
33	Naomi Sullivan '00		17	  8.8	  7.2	  1.8
21	Kate Sullivan '97		21	  6.0	  2.7	  2.6
34	Nora McCartney '98		21	  5.9	  5.1	  0.8
24	Liza Feldman '00		20	  5.2	  2.1	  0.5
14	Dacia Walker '00		21	  3.0	  1.6	  1.1
30	Sam Ince '97			20	  3.0	  3.1 	  0.5
10	Melissa Roja '00		12	  1.3	  0.4	  0.3
32	Molly Auth '97		17	  0.5	  0.7	  0.1
Amherst Totals			21	62.5	41.5	11.3
Opponent Totals			21	60.8	40.1	11.6

Current Record: 14-7 Last Week: at Albertus Magnus, W 58-51 Wesleyan, W 78-66 This Week: Tue Feb 18 at Trinity Sat Feb 22 at Wesleyan

 Men's Ice Hockey Splits Weekend Games

After blanking Southern Maine 4-0, men's ice hockey came home with a 3-2 loss to Salem State on Saturday, despite outshooting the Vikings 45-30. Six different players scored for the Jeffs this weekend, including goals by Charlie Blyth '99 (Beaconsfield, Quebec), Rob MacDonald '99 (Walpole, MA) and Mike Noone '98 (Swampscott, MA), three of the top scorers in the NESCAC.

Amherst and Southern Maine played a chippy game, amassing 20 total penalties and 64 penalty minutes. After a quiet first period, the Jeffs ignited their offense, blasting 35 shots on goal in the next 40 minutes for four goals. The Jeffs did much the same against Salem the next day to control the offense, but a late-game Viking goal added a loss to Amherst's season record.


No.	Name			GP	 G	  A	  P	PIM
22	Charlie Blyth '99	21	17	  21	  38	   30
24	Rob MacDonald '99	22	17	  18	  35	   18
  9	Mike Noone '98	22	12	  20	  32	     2
19	Matt Sather '97	17	  9	  14	  23	     0
23	Dan Moos '98		22	11	    7	  18	   14
18	Matt Rogers '99	19	  4	  13	  17	     2
21	Doug Erickson '98	22	  3	  14	  17	   30
  2	Buster Nelson '00	22	  7	    7	  14	   39
11	Paul Gozzo '98	22	  3	  11	  14	   20
  8	Tim Kelly '98		22	  4	    6	  10	   12
  7	Tom Carideo '98	22	  4	    5	    9	   26
17	Andy Jones '00	22	  1	    8	    9	   14
  5	Tim Quinn '00		22	  5	    3	    8	   26
  6	Chris Gargiulo '98	13	  2	    4	    6	     2
15	Matt Drawz '99	22	  2	    4	    6	   18
  3	John Collura '97	22	  1	    2	    3	     8
20	Bart Molloy '97	19	  0	    2	    2	     6
10	John Maguire '00	15	  0	    1	    1	     8
12	Dave Hale '97		17	  0	    1	    1	   16
29	Joe Branca '97		17	  0	    0	    0	     2
Amherst Totals		22	102	161	263	295

Goaltending W-L-T Min Sht Sav G GAA Save % Joe Branca '97 8-8-0 992 513 452 61 3.68 88.1% Chris Addesa '99 5-0-0 273 112 100 12 2.63 89.2% Greg Morneau '98 1-0-0 60 10 9 1 1.00 90.0% Amherst Totals 14-8-0 1329 636 561 75 3.38 88.2%

Current Record: 14-8 Last Week: at Southern Maine, W 4-0 at Salem State, L 2-3 This Week: Fri Feb 21 Norwich Sat Feb 22 Middlebury

 Women's Ice Hockey 1-2 for Week

Opening the week with their third win of the season, the Jeffs defeated Trinity 7-4 before their final weekend at home. Rookie Genevieve Furst '00 (Deephaven, MN) had four goals and two assists against the Bantams as the catalyst for the Amherst offense. She added another goal and three assists in the next two games to push her into second for team scoring.

Against Trinity, Tri-Captain Jess Frisch '98 (Bethesda, MD) and Brittany Evans '99 (Avon, CT) joined Furst on the offensive as the trio combined for 14 of 17 points in the game. They would pair up three more times over the weekend, however in two losses to Alliance teams. Suffering a 9-1 loss to RPI, the Jeffs rebounded the next day in a hard-fought battle with RIT. Until the Tigers mounted a five-goal comeback late in the second period, Amherst controlled much of the ice and had taken a 2-1 lead off of Furst and Frisch goals. But a killer slapshot netted nine goals for the Tigers, though the Jeffs kept the game competitive to the end.

Before facing off with RIT, the five seniors on the team were honored at their last home-game. Tri-Captain April Zenisky '97 (Holyoke, MA) also received a trophy for being one of five national finalists in the 1997 Hockey Humanitarian Award, recognizing both her on-ice skills and her dedication to giving back to her community through volunteer teaching and tutoring.


No.	Name				G	A	Pts	P-Min
24	Amanda Ash '97		0	2	2	0-0
17	Rebecca Asmar '97		1	0	1	0-0	
  8	Lissa Brod '00			0	0	0	0-0
  7	Sarah Carr '97			0	0	0	1-2
 9	Brittany Evans '99		10	9	19	0-0
20	Darcy Forrester '97		0	0	0	0-0
18	Jess Frisch '98		19	9	28	2-4
  4	Genevieve Furst '00		11	12	23	2-4
11	Lisbeth Rowinski '00		2	4	6	13-22
12	Val Klein '98			0	4	4	25-50
15	Margaret Seiler '98		0	2	2	1-2
19	Megan Smith '98		0	2	2	0-0
21	Alice Taggart '00		0	0	0	0-0
16	April Zenisky '97		2	7	9	5-10
Amherst Totals			45	51	96	49-94
Opponent Totals			103	120	223	43-86

Goalkeeping GP/S W-L-T Min Saves Save% GA GAA SOs 22 Sarah Evans '99 8/7 1-6-0 378 231 83.4% 46 7.30 0 1 Cindy Matsushita '98 10/7 1-5-1 472 214 85.3% 41 5.21 0 31 Catherine Cugell '98 3/3 1-2-0 160 77 82.8% 16 6.00 0 Amherst Totals 17 3-13-1 1010 522 83.5% 103 6.06 0 Opponent Totals 17 13-3-1 1010 364 89.0% 45 2.65 3

Current Record: 3-13-1 Last Week: Trinity, W 7-4 RPI, L 1-9 RIT, L 4-9 This Week: Wed Feb 19 at Williams Sat Feb 22 at Wesleyan Sun Feb 23 at Connecticut College

 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving

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Up Next:	Fri Feb 21-Sun Feb 23 Women at New England Championships, Bowdoin
		Fri Feb 28-Sun Mar 2 Men at New England Championships, Williams

 Men's Squash

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Up Next: Fri Feb 21-Sun Feb 23 NISRA Teams at Princeton