Amherst College Weekly Spring Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 1 for athletic events from March 10 - 29, 1998

 Baseball Jumps out to 9-2 Start

Jumping out to eight straight wins to begin the 1998 season, Amherst baseball currently boasts a 9-2 record as the No. 4 team in New England after making their second straight NCAA appearance in 1997. The Jeffs played 10 games during spring training in Fort Myers, Florida, where they posted a perfect 8-0 mark against Division III competition. Also on their southern schedule were a pair of Division I teams that the Jeffs split their games against.

Amherst brought a club of hard hitters to Florida, where the Jeffs averaged .375 with five players batting over .400. Right-fielder Michael St. Clair (East Longmeadow, MA), a junior transfer from New Hampshire, stepped to the plate for the first time as a Lord Jeff and blasted a three-run homer toward a 9-0 pummeling of Roger Williams College. Bolstered by a 4-for-4 performance in an 11-6 victory over Rockford, St. Clair came home leading the team with a .500 batting average, three home runs and nine RBI. At the end of ten games, Amherst had 18 doubles and 11 home runs to its credit, including a pair by catcher Whit Griffinger (Piedmont, CA) in a 15-2 pounding of Rutgers-Camden, where the sophomore collected six RBI on four hits.

Complementing the Jeffs' hitting has been solid pitching. The Jeffs started the season with a 16-strike out performance against Roger Williams as junior Mike Sweeney (Keene, NH) fanned ten batters while allowing only one hit in six innings of work. He repeated his feat against Rockford with another 10 Ks in seven innings. Sweeney is currently 3-0 for the season.

Rookie Kevin Downes (Pound Ridge, NY) brought home a 3-0 record as a reliever as the right-hander boasts a team-leading 0.77 ERA. The first-year earned the win over Niagara as he entered the game with one out in the 6th and Amherst trailing 4-3. Closing out the inning, the rookie allowed one unearned run in the the final inning before Amherst took advantage of Niagara pitching in the bottom of the 7th. The Eagles loaded the bases with a pair of walks and hitting junior Mike Grant (Mendon, MA) for the second time in as many at-bats. Junior Greg Berchelmann (St. Louis, MO) singled in a pair of runs to cut the lead to 6-5 with no outs. Pinch-hitter Andy Jones (Excelsior, MN) loaded the bases with another hit pitch before senior co-captain Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) tallied the game-winning hit, a two-run single for a 7-6 victory. Facing Canisius, however, Amherst did not fare as well against Division I as the Jeffs fell 7-1 to the Griffins. But they rallied the next day against a tough St. Thomas team with an 8-6 win.

Returning North, Amherst fell 2-0 to Keene State as the Jeffs were shut out for the first time all season. Berchelmann and Sullivan notched the only hits for Amherst, who suffered its first loss to a Division III team.

			Hitting: 16 or more at bats		Pitching Statistics
Whit Griffinger '00	22	10	2	7	.455	
Michael St. Clair '99	38	17	3	9	.447	
Mike Grant '99		23	9	0	8	.391	
Hugh Quattlebaum '00	41	16	3	7	.390	
Greg Berchelmann '99	36	14	1	9	.389	
Mike Sullivan '98	41	15	1	10	.366	
Josh Carroll '98	34	11	1	8	.324	
Dan Blednick '98	25	8	0	7	.320	
Geoff Spies '98		18	5	0	3	.278	
Jordan Krall '01	25	6	0	5	.240	
Kevin Downes '01	4	2	0	2	.750	11.7	9	10	0.77
Andy Ditchfield '99						11.0	8	13	2.45
Mike Sweeney '99						21.7	21	24	2.49
Dave Siegle '01							3.3	1	5	2.70
Jon Cross '98							16.3	18	13	3.86
George Gumpert '99						2.0	2	1	4.50
Graham Callaghan '99						14.0	21	11	5.14
Mike Spirito '98						5.0	4	4	5.40
Team Totals		352	123	11	79	.349	85.0	84	81	3.18
Opponent Totals		336	84	8	35	.250	83.1	123	41	6.99

Current Record: 9-2, 8-1 v. Division III
Results to Date:Roger Williams, W 9-0		Rutgers Camden, W 15-2
		Westfield State, W 19-7		Benedictine, W 6-4
		Aurora, W 8-5			Canisius (DI), L 1-7
		Wisconsin-Stevens Point, W 7-4	St. Thomas, W 8-6
		Rockford, W 11-6		Northern Schedule
		Niagara (DI), W 7-6		Keene State, L 0-2
Up Next:	Wed Apr 1 Western New England, 3:00pm
		Sat Apr 4 at Trinity (2), 12:00pm

 Softball On Eight Game Win-Streak for 11-3 Mark

Coming off the first post-season appearance in the program's third varsity season, Amherst softball currently boasts an eight-game win-streak to push its record to 11-3. Powering the team both on the mound and at the plate has been sophomore Allison Schwarting (Los Angeles, CA), who claimed the first NESCAC Player of the Week recognition for the 1998 season after three such honors as a rookie in 1997.

The Jeffs faced a tough schedule early during spring training as they fell to Wheaton (MA) and Tufts, who had come off NCAA seasons in 1997. Amherst rebounded the next day, however, to notch a pair of 8-0 blankings of Roger Williams and Elms. While senior pitcher Jen Shea (North Hatfield, MA) picked up her second of four wins in Florida, fellow captain Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) went 3-for-3 against Roger Williams with a pair of home runs that gave her six RBI for the morning. The right-fielder left Florida leading the team with a .459 average, four home runs, 10 stolen bases and 16 RBI.

Later that afternoon, Schwarting threw a no-hitter against Elms College as the second-ever in Amherst softball history. The first had come in the team's inaugural varsity season when Shea claimed a 14-0 victory over St. Joseph, whom the Jeffs knocked off 10-0 in 1998. After a 7-5 loss to Division II UMass-Lowell, Amherst began its current win streak that features a pair of shutouts and two one-run decisions. Tied 3-3 with Hamilton in the bottom of the 7th, sophomore Darcy Sweeney (Keene, NH) scored the winning run after registering her first hit of the day to lead off the inning. The next day, a Rinaldi run sealed a 3-2 win over Rhode Island College toward a 9-3 record after spring break.

Amherst kicked off its Northern schedule with a doubleheader at Little III rival Wesleyan, who had taken a 2-1 lead on the Jeffs after five innings. An RBI double by rookie catcher Meghan Nelson (Middletown, CT) drove home the game-winning run, and Amherst added four more in the 7th inning toward a 7-2 victory. Schwarting went 3-for-4 with a trio of doubles, two RBI, and struck out five in game one, and she finished the day with a 5-for-7 performance with three RBI, three stolen bases and nine Ks while allowing only three runs. The Jeffs closed out the day with a 12-1 win over the Cardinals after the entire line-up scored in the first inning before one out had been made.

			Hitting: 21 or more at bats		Pitching Statistics
Allison Schwarting '00	44	20	1	8	.455	58.0	51	43	2.17
Sarah Rinaldi '98	44	18	4	18	.409
Melissa Roja '00	32	12	0	5	.375
Victoria Gonzalez '99	35	13	0	1	.371
Meghan Nelson '01	33	12	0	8	.364
Lindsay Thomas '01	22	7	0	4	.318
Darcy Sweeney '00	38	12	0	9	.316
Liza Feldman '00	30	9	1	5	.300
Sandy Accordino '99	21	3	1	4	.143
Jen Shea '98		5	0	0	0	.000	28.0	25	12	3.00
Team Totals		357	113	7	67	.317	86.0	76	55	2.44
Opponent Totals		348	76	1	23	.218	82.0	113	25	5.80

Current Record: 11-3,11-2 v. Division III
Results to Date:North Park College, W 13-10		Hamilton, W 4-3
		Wheaton (MA), L 0-7			Keene State, W 8-0
		Tufts, L 6-7				Rhode Island College, W 3-2
		Roger Williams, W 8-0			Bowdoin, W 13-4
		Elms, W 8-0				Albright, W 8-2
		UMass-Lowell (DII), L 5-7		at Wesleyan, W 7-2
			St. Joseph (CT), W 10-0		at Wesleyan, W 12-1
Up Next: Sat Apr 4 at Trinity (2), 12:00pm

 Men's Lacrosse 5-2 at Mid-Season

Picked 20th in the nation by a pre-season poll, Amherst men's lacrosse jumped out to a 3-0 start that vaulted the Jeffs to a No. 16 ranking before suffering their first loss of the season. Junior Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY) began the season as a Premier Midfielder according to Face-Off magazine, and the quad-captain began his season by claiming the first NESCAC Player of the Week honors of the spring.

The Jeffs kicked off the season with a 21-7 rout at Montclair State as junior Matt Roy (Marblehead, MA) posted five goals and two assists to lead Amherst. Fourteen Lord Jeffs were involved in the scoring, including a three goal, four assist performance by sophomore Sam Altman (Owing Mills, MD). Roy followed up with three goals and a pair of assists in a 13-6 win at Swarthmore, who was held scoreless for the first 24 minutes of play. Roy and Altman continued their offensive onslaught in a 9-4 victory over Goucher as they combined for six goals and three assists against the Gophers, 17 goals and 14 assists over the first three games. In that time, Amherst had allowed only 17 goals as junior goalie Bryan Goldstein (Milton, MA) boasted a .719 save percentage and 4.50 goals allowed average.

Traveling to eighth-ranked Gettysburg, however, Amherst suffered a 21-5 loss to the Bullets before the Jeffs rebounded with a 24-3 thrashing of Tufts under the lights of Garber Field at UMass. Fourteen Lord Jeffs tallied points against the Jumbos while Amherst out-shot Tufts 45 13 and held the Jumbos scoreless in the first and third quarters. Junior Kyle Bohannon (Boca Raton, FL) led three players with hat tricks as he notched all three goals in the third quarter.

Hosting 18th ranked Springfield the following night, Amherst jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Pride notched its first goal. Amherst led by no more than two, 4-2 at the half and 5-3 early in the third, before Springfield fired off six straight that gave the Pride a 9-5 advantage with 13:24 to play. The Jeffs took advantage of a pair of Springfield penalties as they rattled off three goals to cut the lead to one, 9-8, when the Pride answered with its 10th score with just over five minutes to play. But Amherst responded with its final offensive, netting the Jeffs' ninth goal at the 13:32 mark in the quarter on a shot by junior midfielder Payson Bullard (Wilton, CT). 47 seconds later, the quad-captain fed Nichols for his first goal of the night with just 41 seconds left on the game-clock. 16 seconds later, Nichols pounded in the game-winner, an unassisted shot with just 25 ticks left in the game.

Three days later, the Jeffs headed to Rochester, New York to face defending national champion Nazareth, the second-ranked team in the country. Trailing 3-1 after the first quarter, the Jeffs found themselves down 7-2 midway through the second before they tallied the next five straight behind five different scorers. Bullard's second goal of the day with 5:25 left in the third tied the match at seven a piece, but the Golden Flyers rattled off eight unanswered goals to close out the game with a 15-7 decision.

No	Name			G	A	P
14	Sam Altman '00		15	11	26
10	Matt Roy '99		13	10	23
22	Jason Sowers '00	11	5	16
21	Kyle Bohannon '99	9	7	16
5	Payson Bullard '99	7	8	15
1	Todd Nichols '99	9	3	12
2	James DeLuca '99	6	3	9
9	Geoff Hengerer '99	4	1	5
36	Andy Neviaser '98	3	1	4
13	Robbie Gibson '01	2	2	4
15	Eric Edelson '01	2	2	4
33	John Laufer '99		1	3	4
31	Eric Kahrl '00		3	0	3
34	David Pitney '01	3	0	3
27	J.P. Bruneau '01	2	0	2
23	Todd Robin '98		0	3	3
12	Ben Beckman '98		0	1	1
Amherst Totals			90	60	150
Opponent Totals			66	29	95

Goalkeeping			GP	W	L	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA
7	Bryan Goldstein '99	7	5	2	291	52	40	.675	8.25
20	Corey Simonson '01	4	0	0	114	14	25	.359	11.19
8	Pat Korody '00		1	0	0	15	1	1	.500	4.00
Amherst Totals			7	5	2	420	67	66	.504	9.43
Opponent Totals			7	2	5	420	86	90	.489	12.86

Current Record: 5-2
Results to Date: at Montclair State, W 21-7	Tufts (at UMass), W 24-3
		at Swarthmore, W 13-6		Springfield (at UMass), W 11-10
		at Goucher, W 9-4		at Nazareth, L 7-15
		at Gettysburg, L 5-21
Up Next: 	Sat Apr 4 Colby, 2:00pm
		Sun Apr 5 Bates (at Phillips Academy), 2:00pm

 Women's Lacrosse Starts Season 3-2

Coming off the first ECAC Championship in the history of the program, women's lacrosse currently stands at 3-2 early in the season. Despite four goals from senior tri-captain Heidi Cline (Andover, MA), Amherst fell 9-7 to Drew in its season opener in Panama City, Florida. Amherst bounced back in its second game, however, to register a 7-5 victory over Skidmore despite a 3-1 halftime deficit. Cline and sophomore Alie Stechenberg (Longmeadow, MA) notched three goals a piece to take a 6-4 lead with less than three minutes to play. Junior Jen Corso (Collingswood, NJ) closed out Amherst scoring with just one second on the clock.

Returning North, Amherst inaugurated its first season on Pratt Field with a 17-4 rout of Wheaton. Tallying five goals and an assist, Cline scored her 100th career goal with 13:17 to play as Amherst took a 14-3 lead over the Lyons. Fellow captain Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) notched three goals and a pair of assists as one of nine playersearning points in the winning effort.

Amherst hosted defending national champion Middlebury on Saturday and claimed a 1-0 lead on the Panthers just 2:31 into the match on Kestner's first goal of the afternoon. Middlebury responded with four straight to lead 4-1 midway through the half, but Amherst tallied three of its own over the next five minutes to tie the match 4-4 at 4:43 before the break. A Panther score just 36 seconds before the whistle gave Middlebury a 5-4 lead heading into halftime, but Stechenberg again tied the game with a goal just 44 seconds into the second half. Middlebury then launched its final offensive, a 9-0 run over 16 minutes to seal the victory.

Traveling to Springfield College, Amherst took a 6-1 lead at the half toward a 16-3 rout of the Pride. Kestner and Corso each tallied four goals while Cline added three for the win.

No.	Name			G	A	P
15	Heidi Cline '98		18	3	21
23	Jen Corso '99		10	4	14
24	Heather Kestner '98	10	4	14
11	Alie Stechenberg '00	6	2	8
17	Kristin Osborn '01	4	5	9
12	Sarah Scheessele '01	3	1	4
10	Rachel Bernstein '00	2	0	2
16	Katherine Poulin '00	2	1	3
3	Julia Powell '01	1	0	1
4	Irene Permut '99	0	1	1
20	Alexa Faigen '01	0	1	1
Amherst Totals			56	23	79
Opponent Totals			37	12	49

Goalkeeping		GP	W	L	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA
33  Sarah Evans '99	5	3	2	261	31	34	.477	7.82
32  Jess Thaxton '01	2	0	0	39	3	3	.500	4.62
Amherst Totals		5	3	2	300	34	37	.479	7.40
Opponent Totals		5	2	3	300	80	56	.588	11.20

Current Record: 3-2
Results to Date:Drew, L 7-9		Wheaton, W 17-5
		Skidmore, W 7-5		Middlebury, L 9-16
					at Springfield, W 16-3
Up Next:	Tue Mar 31 at Springfield, 7:00pm
		Sat Apr 4 at Connecticut College, 12:00pm

 Men's Tennis Almost Upsets Division I

Bringing a 2-2 record back from a spring break trip to Carmel Valley, California, Amherst men's tennis hosted Division I Colgate and barely fell to the Red Raiders, 4-3. Colgate had claimed the doubles point heading into singles competition, and seniors Adam Wolf (Roslyn Heights, NY) and Noah Lippe-Klein (Palo Alto, CA) were apparent from the start. An injured Yo Kobayashi (Palo Alto, CA) fell at fifth-flight singles, as did senior co-captain Ryan Cole (Pikesville, MD) after a close match. Junior Harlan Stock (West Hartford, CT) had rallied from a 6-0 loss in the first set to win the second, 7-5, and he was cruising to a 6-2 victory in the third while rookie Reeve Segal (Newton, MA) battled in his third set at No. 4 singles. Despite falling 6-3 in the first, Segal forced a third set with a 7-5 win in the second, and the first-year held off ten match points before falling 6-4 after eight deuces in the final game.
Individual Match Records	Singles	Doubles
Ryan Cole '98			2-3	3-2
Harlan Stock '98		3-2	0-0
Adam Wolf '98			4-1	0-0
Reeve Segal '01			2-3	3-2
Yo Kobayashi '99		2-3	2-2
Noah Lippe-Klein '98		4-1	2-3
Scott Chase '00			0-0	3-2
Matt Fox '99			0-0	3-2
Addison West '01		0-0	0-1

Current Record: 2-3, 2-2 v. Division III
Results to Date:	Dominican, L 5-2	Whitman, W 6-1
			Claremont, W 7-0	at Amherst, Massachusetts
			UC-Santa Cruz, L 6-1	Colgate (Division I), L 3-4
Up Next:	Wed Apr 1 at Tufts, 3:00pm
		Fri Apr 3 Connecticut College, 3:00pm
		Sat Apr 4 at Middlebury, 1:00pm

 Women's Tennis Brings 2-1 Record Back From California

Coming off its third straight New England Championship fall, women's tennis began its spring season with a 2-1 record in California. The Jeffs rolled to an 8-1 win at Pomona before being edged out 5-4 at Claremont. Closing out the trip with a 7-2 win against the University of the South, Neely Steinberg (Concord, MA) posted a perfect 3-0 record in both singles and doubles with fellow junior Pam Diamond (Trumbull, CT), while rookie Jamie Cohen (Rye, NY) also is undefeated in singles.
Individual Match Records	Singles	Doubles
Jamie Cohen '01			3-0	2-1
Pam Diamond '99			2-1	3-0
Neely Steinberg '99		3-0	3-0
Sam Toerge '99			0-3	1-1
Sally Childs '98		2-1	2-1
Carolyn Pastel '01		2-1	2-1
Patti Jo '01			0-0	1-0

Current Record: 2-1 spring, 11-1 overall
Results to Date:	Pomona, W 8-1
			Claremont, L 4-5
			University of the South, W 7-2
Up Next:	Sat Apr 4 Brandeis, 10:00am
		Sat Apr 4 MIT, 3:00pm

 Track and Field Races in Wake Forest Relays

Coming off successful indoor seasons, outdoor track and field began its season with an appearance at the Wake Forest Relays, where the Jeffs raced against competition from all Divisions. National Champion Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) claimed his first victory of the spring with a 1:52.21 finish in the 800, along with a 3:50.07 clocking in the 1500 for third place. Fellow All-American Nicole Campbell (Brooklyn, NY) claimed third in the triple jump with a distance of 37'00.50".
Last Week: at Wake Forest Relays
This Week: Sat Apr 4 at Trinity Invitational, 10:00am

 Winter Wraps...

While teams were heading south for spring training, four winter teams wound up their seasons at Nationals behind 14 All-American performances. Junior Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) became the first Lord Jeff to win a national championship in indoor track as the co-captain claimed the crown in the 800, beating out the defending titlist by almost a second. Amherst boasts eleven NCAA championships, all in men's individual events as swimming has nine and outdoor track posted a victory in 1988. Named the NCAA's National Athlete of the Year, Mitchell also claimed 4th in the 1500 after recovering from a fall midway through the race. Sophomore Nicole Campbell (Brooklyn, NY) also claimed All-American honors by placing third in the triple jump. Senior co-captain Rachael Holloway (Lake Oswego, OR) also competed at Indoor Nationals in the 400.

Swimming and diving sent six men and six women to Nationals and all earned either All America or Honorable Mention recognition. Co-captain Kerry Weeks (Longmeadow, MA) concluded her collegiate career as an 18-time All-American, claiming six of such honors in her senior season with three relays and in three individual events. Weeks powered the 200 medley relay to a sixth place finish with Stacie Botsford (Timonium, MD), Sarah Lukaska (Edina, MN) and Katherine Poulin (St. Davids, PA). The foursome also claimed a seventh place finish in the 200 free relay, and Botsford, Weeks, Tiffany Johnston (Centerville, MA) and Lukaska also claimed seventh in the 400 medley relay. Lukaska, Johnston, Poulin and Sarah Moran (Bristol, TN) finished tenth in the 800 free relay in 7:58.65, only the third Amherst team to ever break the 8-minute mark in the event. Individually, Botsford claimed 6th place in the 100 back while Weeks finished 11th in the same race. Also taking ninth in the 200 back, Weeks shattered her own college record in the 200 IM with a 2:09.00 touch for ninth place.

The men were led by diver Matt Smith (North Bridgton, ME), who claimed fourth place on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Pat Lahey (Northfield, IL) finished 14th and 9th in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, respectively, and the sophomore cut a second off his rookie best in the 200 breast with a 2:06.12 touch. Lahey also helped a pair of relays to consolation finishes as he teamed up with senior co-captain James Ross (Hopkinsville, KY), Flori Fischetti (Potomac, MD) and Brian Porter (Farmington, CT) for 16th in the 200 free relay, and the team of Ross, Lahey, Fischetti and Adam Kerstien (Aurora, CO) finished 13th in the 400 medley relay.

 Fall Footnotes...

A pair of fall scholar-athletes earned GTE/CoSIDA Fall/Winter At-Large Academic All-District recognition as they competed against 71 women from eight sports in New England and Eastern Canada for the honor. Senior Ellie Hickerson (Davenport, IA) earned First Team honors for maintaining a 3.65 GPA as an All-American soccer back and honors candidate with an American Studies major. Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) claimed a place on the Second Team as a junior tri-captain of the field hockey team with a 3.69 GPA as a Psychology major.

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