Fourteen members of Amherst's Final Four team return in 1998 to build on the Jeffs' success. The entire defense returns in tact with five seniors guarding the box. Keeper Kevin Larner has compiled a 1.15 goals allowed average and 14 shutouts over three years as a starter, and the junior finished last season with a spectacular, nine-save show against the the defending national champs. Nate McDonald, Jon George, Ben Haley and Mike Grant hope to remain one of the strongest and stingiest defenses in the region after battling with the best in the nation.
Amherst returns fourteen players from its NCAA Final Four team
Starting forwards Andy Kay '00 and Matt Diggs '99 return as one of the fastest up-front duos in New England after tallying 19 goals and nine assists in 1997, including eight of the team's 11 goals in the NCAA Tournament. Despite the graduation of All-American Tim Christian, the midfield returns experience in juniors Gary Kegel and Brian Angelini, along with 1997 Rookie of the Year Stephen Squillario. Bolstered by an impressive incoming class, Amherst men's soccer looks to remain among the nation's soccer elites in 1998.