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The Lord Jeff football squad finished off a strong 1998 showing with a 5-3 record. The 1998 Jeffs started many young players and they responded very well to the rigors of college football. Freshman linebacker Dan Lalli (Watertown, MA) was voted the NESCAC Defensive Rookie of the Year, while fellow freshman wide receiver Derrell Wright (Hudson, OH) set a new Amherst record for receiving yards in a game with 224 versus Trinity. Leading the Lord Jeff youth movement was sophomore cornerback Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) named to the All-ECAC First Team for his team-leading 6 interceptions.
Three other defensive standouts received post-season honors. Senior defensive tackle Greg Gottheimer (East Hanover, NJ), senior outside linebacker Alex Neifer (Williamsburg, NY), and senior free safety Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY) were all named to the NESCAC Defensive All Star First Team. These three, along with Daoust and Lalli were instrumental in leading the Amherst defense to another dominating campaign. Offensively, the Jeffs relied on a savvy sophomore quarterback by the name of Peter Honig (Bronxville, NY) and the speedy duo of receivers, sophomore Matt Hall (Lincroft, NJ) and the record-setter Derrell Wright. Hall led the way with over 500 yards receiving. On the ground, the Jeffs received another solid effort from senior tailback Darin Byrne. The captain rushed for over 400 yards and scored eight touchdowns. With the Amherst youth movement now in the weight room for the winter, an exciting future rests on the horizon for the purple and black.
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Sports around the league: Amherst participates as an NCAA Division III institution in 27 varsity sports. The College on the Hill is affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and is a charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Other members are: Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, Williams College
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