AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Two men's teams have been selected to represent Amherst Colllege in the NCAA Tournament. Men's golf and men's tennis bring Amherst's total to four teams currently in NCAA competition, adding to softball's first-ever appearance in the National Championship and the current Final Four showing by women's tennis.
Men's golf makes its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament after making its debut in 1997. The Jeffs are one of three teams selected from District One (Northeastern United States), in addition to Skidmore College and Williams College. All three schools were also selected last year.
Five Lord Jeffs will represent Amherst as they look to improve upon their 20th place finish in 1997. Senior Erik Hardenbergh (Wayland, MA) and David Fiorentino (Winchester, MA) return to the Tournament, and the co-captains will be joined by sophomore Joe Graceffa (Augusta, ME), freshman Robert Lutzker (Washington, DC) and senior Tom Carideo (Winthrop, MA). Competition runs from Tuesday, May 12 to Friday, May 15. The NCAA Division III National Golf Championships are hosted by Emory University at Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Men's tennis will host its fourth appearance in the NCAA Division III East Regional Championships, held this weekend from Saturday, May 9 to Sunday, May 10. Ranked No. 2 in the region, Amherst College (11-4) will first face Swarthmore College (9-8), who the Jeffs defeated 4-3 during the regular season with a three-set victory by No. 1 singles Harlan Stock (West Hartford, CT). Seniors Ryan Cole (Pikesville, MD) and Adam Wolf (Roslyn Heights, NY) also notched wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles. Stock and Noah Lippe-Klein (Palo Alto, CA) had teamed up for a 9-7 victory at No. 1 doubles to win the doubles point.
Rookie Reeve Segal (Newton, MA) and sophomore Scott Chase (Andover, MA) are undefeated at No. 2 doubles against the field of Swarthmore, Williams College (12-0) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (12-5). Chase posted both Lord Jeff victories over archrival Williams as the top-ranked team in the nation claimed a 6-1 win over Amherst. Doubles specialist Matt Fox (Plano, TX) and partner Cole teamed up for an 8-1 win over the Engineers in a 6-1 win over MIT to close out the regular season.
The East Regional Champion will advance to the Final Four, to be played on Saturday, May 16 in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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