AMHERST, Masschusetts -- Two Amherst College student-athletes were named Player of the Week by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in the league's first week of spring reporting. The NESCAC selects outstanding spring performances by players representing its eleven member institutions in the sports of baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse.
Allison Schwarting (Los Angeles, CA), a sophomore pitcher for the softball team, earns her first NESCAC honor of the year after winning Player of the Week recognition three times as a rookie in 1997. Allowing only three runs from the mound, she struck out nine Cardinals in a doubleheader at Weslyan to push her season record to 7-3 with a 2.17 ERA. Schwarting also proved to be a force at the plate as she rallied the Jeffs late in game one with a 2 RBI double, her third of the game, toward a 7-2 victory. In the team's northern debuts, Schwarting went 5-for-7 with three doubles, three RBI and a trio of stolen bases. Hitting .455 in 12 games, she leads Amherst in batting as the team boasts an 11-3 mark.
Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY), a junior midfielder for the men's lacrosse team, claims his second NESCAC weekly honor of the year after earning Player of the Week for a three-interception performance as a defensive back during football season. Nichols has also come up big on the lacrosse field, notching his only two goals against Springfield in the final minute of play toward an 11-10 victory over the Pride. His tally with 41 seconds left in the game tied the match and the quad-captain notched the game-winner 16 seconds later with just 25 ticks left on the clock. Nichols is the Jeffs' top face-off man and has nine goals and three assists in a 5-2 season to date.
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