Three Named Academic All-District
Todd Nichols Eligible for National Honors

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Three student-athletes representing Amherst College lacrosse were named to the GTE/CoSIDA Spring At-Large College Division Academic All-District I Teams. Members were chosen from 76 nominees from the sports of crew, golf, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track and field at non-Division I institutions in New England and Eastern Canada.

Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY), a junior midfielder for Amherst men's lacrosse, earned First Team honors to make him eligible for national recognition. The All-Snively selection began the season as a team quad-captain and a Premier Midfielder, as chosen by Face-Off Magazine. Nichols led Amherst in a pair of late-game comebacks, notching his only two goals against Springfield in the final 41 seconds toward an 11-10 victory before forcing overtime against Connecticut College with a shot just 50 seconds before the regulation buzzer. In addition to compiling 62 goals and 16 assists at the Jeffs' top face-off man over the last three years, Nichols boasts a 3.69 cumulative GPA as a Political Science major.

Nichols also earned Academic All-District honors in Fall 1997 as an All-New England free safety, and he has been named a quad-captain of the 1998 football team.

Heidi Cline (Andover, MA) and Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) earned Second Team honors as members of the two-time ECAC Champion women's lacrosse team. Cline closed out her career as Amherst's Career Goals-Scored leader, tallying 129 over four years as part of her 171 points, second on the all-time scoring list. The tri-captain led the team on attack to four-straight post-season appearances, including an NCAA bid in 1996. Cline has served as the President of the Outing Club and as a two-year Resident Counselor while maintaining a 3.38 GPA as an Economics major.

Permut claims her second Academic All-District honors after earning Second Team recognition on the Fall/Winter At-Large team as a field hockey tri-captain. The junior tallied six goals and eight assists, and the midfielder claimed IWLCA/Brine All-America Second Team honors for lacrosse. Permut has compiled a 3.69 GPA over three years as a Psychology major, and she will resume her captaining duties as a two-time All-American field hockey midfielder.

Amherst lacrosse continued to rank among the finest teams in New England as both teams concluded their seasons in the ECAC Tournament in their fourth-straight post-season appearances. The men finished with a 9-7 record while the women claimed the ECAC Championship with a 9-8 overtime victory over Bowdoin for a 12-3 mark.

GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America Spring At-Large Teams


College Division Men's District I

Name		Yr.	Sport		School		Hometown	GPA/Major
Mike Pochoski	Jr.	Track		WPI		Dayville, CT	3.98/Civil Engineering
Mike Butville	Sr.	Lacrosse	MIT		Levittown, PA	4.9/Mechanical Engineering
Eric Larson	Sr.	Track		New Haven	Middletown, CA	4.01/Criminal Justice
Bret Stothart	Sr.	Volleyball	Springfield	Emmaus, PA	3.83/Sport Management
Mike Willock	Sr.	Golf		WPI		Rockland, MA	3.9/Mathematics
Jason Hobbs	Jr.	Track		Bentley		Fryeburg, ME	3.98/Finance
Andrew Evans	Sr.	Track		Rochester	Massena, NY	3.49/Bio-Chemistry
Otto Krcal	Sr.	Tennis		Stony Brook	Patchogue, NY	3.96/Biochemistry
Ben Wright	So.	Track		Albany		Averill Pk, NY	3.85/Business Administration
Todd Nichols	Jr.	Lacrosse	Amherst		Skaneateles, NY	3.69/Political Science


College Division Women's District I First Team

Name			Yr.	Sport		School		Hometown		GPA/Major
Beth Bowler		Sr.	Track		Springfield	Arlington, MA		3.59/Physical Therapy
Kim-Laura Boyle		Sr.	Lacrosse	Colby-Sawyer	Plainfield, VT		3.72/Biology
Belvin Gong		Jr.	Tennis		Stony Brook	South Setauket, NY	3.93/Biochemistry
Rebecca Grant		Sr.	Tennis		Rochester	Vestal, NY		3.72/Psychology
Tonya Krueger		Sr.	Track		SUNY-Brockport	Brockport, NY		3.89/Mathematics
Laurie Kurtelawicz	Jr.	Track		Rochester	Rochester, NY		3.80/Biochemistry
Heidi Nichols		Sr.	Track		Ithaca		Newfield, NY		3.544/Sociology
Kinga Slowinski		Jr.	Track		Worcester State	Winchendon, MA		3.989/Occupational Therapy
Rebecca Tucker		Sr.	Lacrosse	SUNY-Brockport	Scottville, NY		3.96/Psychology & Physical Education
Leah Walbourn		Sr.	Tennis		St. Lawrence	Oswego, NY		3.9/Psychology

College Division Women's District I Second Team

Name			Yr.	Sport		School		Hometown		GPA/Major
Heidi Cline		Sr.	Lacrosse	Amherst		Andover, MA		3.38/Economics
Michelle Dijer		Sr.	Track		Bentley		East Hampton, CT	3.74/Accounting
Robin Evans		Jr.	Track		MIT		Granville, OH		4.7/Mechanical Engineering
Beth Gottung		So.	Lacrosse	AIC		Gloversvile, NY		3.915/History & Education
Jenna Gruben		Jr.	Lacrosse	Ithaca		Littleton, CA		3.75/Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Janna Johnston		Jr.	Track		Albany		Clifton Pk, NY		3.59/Mathematics
Meredith Lukas		Jr.	Lacrosse	Springfield	Princeton Junction, NJ	3.87/Physical Therapy
Anni McDonough		Sr.	Lacrosse	Rochester	Dorchester, MA		3.28/Art History
Irene Permut		Jr.	Lacrosse	Amherst		Wilmington, DE		3.69/Psychology
Jess Ucello		So.	Tennis		Quinnipiac	Rocky Hill, CT		3.80/Physical Therapy

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