Amherst College Weekly Winter Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 6 for athletic events from January 19-25, 1998

 Men's Basketball Off to Best Start in Program History, 11-0

On the heels of its second NCAA Tournament appearance, Amherst men's basketball is off to the best start in the program's history with an 11-0 mark. The Jeffs' success has been recognized with a No. 1 ranking in the Northeast by the NCAA, as well as a No. 3 national rank by Columbus Multimedia. In last week's NABC poll, the Jeffs were picked as the 7th-best team in the nation, and they are one of only four teams still undefeated midway through the season.

Amherst achieved its 11th straight victory in an 82-68 decision over NESCAC rival Trinity. The Jeffs hit nine threes throughout the game to catalyze the Amherst offense, including the first of three by Pat Mulvey (Rye, NH) to close out the first half with a 33-31 Amherst advantage.

Despite a swarming Trinity defense, Amherst fought off the Bantams in the second half by drawing 15 fouls. Among those was a technical on senior Timothy Lynch (Ansonia, CT), as a pair of free throws by rookie Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) would give the Jeffs the lead for good with 11:23 to play in the game. Five Lord Jeffs posted double figures, led by Mulvey with 15 and senior tri-captain Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA) with 12 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Fellow captains Julian Rowand (Washington, DC) and John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ), who is sidelined with an ankle sprain, added 11 points each, while sophomore Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA) contributed 10.

Amherst resumes its NESCAC league schedule this upcoming weekend with a meeting at Middlebury on Friday, followed by the second showdown with archrival Williams on Saturday. The Jeffs won the first meeting with the Ephs, 79-68 in LeFrak, Gymnasium.


No.	Name				ppg	rpg	apg
41	John Pavelski '98		15.5	 6.7	 1.8
32	Billy Skorupski '98		13.5	 8.5	 1.0
12	Pat Mulvey '00			12.8	 3.6	 1.5
31	Chris Ingraham '99		 8.4	 3.9	 0.9
23	Hugh Quattlebaum '00		 8.1	 3.0	 0.6
 4	Julian Rowand '98		 8.0	 4.5	 1.7
11	Caith Chapman '99		 7.0	 1.7	 3.0
44/34	Josh Anish '99			 5.0	 2.5	 1.0
22	Erik Kelly '01			 4.8	 1.0	 0.8
30	Chris Smith '00			 3.7	 1.5	 0.3
10	Abe Sexson '01			 3.3	 1.0	 0.0
 5	Mark MacLeod '99		 2.9	 1.0	 0.9
40	Charles Field '99		 2.2	 2.3	 0.0
15	Brian Daoust '01		 2.1	 0.6	 1.1
 3	Peter Denby '00			 0.5	 0.8	 0.7
Amherst Totals				88.4	43.5	13.9
Opponent Totals				70.1	38.3	 8.9

Current Record: 11-0, 2-0 NESCAC	High Scorer	High Rebounder
Last Week: 	Trinity, W 82-68	Mulvey 16	Skorupski 13
Up Next: 	Tue Jan 27 Babson, 8:00pm
		Fri Jan 30 at Middlebury, 7:00pm
		Sat Jan 31 at Williams, 4:00pm

 Women's Basketball Moves to 8-4

Facing some of the top teams in New England, women's basketball posted a 1-2 record for the week as the Jeffs fall to 8-4 for the season. Traveling to Trinity for a league meeting, Amherst suffered a 49-30 loss to the Bantams as neither team shot over 30% in the first half toward a 16-12 halftime score. The Jeffs rebounded two days later with a 65-46 pounding of then-5th ranked Clark to avenge their buzzer-beating loss a year ago. Amherst held onto a one-point lead at the break, but defense held the Cougars to just 24% shooting and 15 points in the second half while Amherst made well over half its shots. Senior co-captain Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) led the game with 16 points while sophomore Naomi Sullivan (Hudson, MA) pulled down seven boards for the Jeffs.

But while Amherst turned around last year's loss to Clark, Springfield turned the tables on Amherst with a two-point victory on a basket with just 8.4 seconds to play. The Jeffs had taken a four-point lead into the second half, but turnovers allowed the Pride to take a lead into the final minute of play before a three-pointer by rookie Meg Riley (Wellesley, MA) with 29.2 ticks on the clock tied the match at 61. Junior captain Janinne Noel (Dalton, MA) continued to elevate her game, posting a career high 23 points on six three-pointers, breaking her own record for most in a single game. The guard also dished out four assists and made two steals.

The Jeffs will look to avenge its earlier loss to Williams with the archrivals' second meeting this Saturday in Williamstown. The Ephs posted a 71-65 victory over the Jeffs earlier this month.


No.	Name				ppg	rpg	apg
15	Katie Hersey '99		14.4	9.3	2.7
31	Sarah Rinaldi '98		11.8	6.8	1.0
12	Janinne Noel '99		9.7	2.1	1.6
33	Naomi Sullivan '00		7.6	5.4	2.7
24	Liza Feldman '00		5.4	2.7	1.3
34	Deirdre McCarthy '01		4.5	3.9	0.5
14	Dacia Walker '00		3.0	3.2	1.4
32	Rebecca Sacher '01		1.8	2.6	0.4
11	Meg Riley '01			1.6	0.4	0.2
20	Jen Sielicki '01		1.3	0.4	0.7
21	Charlotte Taylor '01		1.1	1.3	0.1
10	Melissa Roja '00		0.6	0.9	0.7
30	Margaret Lischer '01		0.3	0.3	0.0
Amherst Totals				61.8	41.9	12.8
Opponent Totals				54.6	37.6	9.9

Current Record: 8-4, 0-2 NESCAC			High Scorer	High Rebounder
Last Week: 	at Trinity, L 30-49		Rinaldi 9	Sullivan 7
		at Clark, W 65-46		Rinaldi 16	Sullivan 7
		at Springfield, L 61-63		Noel 23		Hersey 11
Up Next: 	Tue Jan 27 Wellesley, 6:00pm
		Fri Jan 30 Middlebury, 7:30pm
		Sat Jan 31 at Williams, 2:00pm

 Men's Ice Hockey Splits Weekend Games

Men's ice hockey split a pair of ECAC East games between the University of Connecticut and American International College to post an 8-6-1 overall record, 6-4-1 in the league. Despite an early two-goal deficit to UConn, the Jeffs cut the Husky lead to one with just a second left in the first period on a power play goal by senior tri-captain Mike Noone (Swampscott, MA). Amherst took advantage of another UConn penalty when junior Charlie Blyth (Beaconsfield, Quebec) punched in another power play goal to equalize at two goals a piece. But the Huskies scored the game-winner amongst a scuffle in front of the net just 5:25 into the third period.

Amherst bounced back the next day with an 8-4 victory over AIC. The rookie line of Robbie Hill (Averill Park, NY), Chris Orszulak (Longmeadow, MA) and Gregg DiNardo (North Reading, MA) combined for three Lord Jeff scores, while fellow frosh Stephen Tornabene (San Mateo, CA), Ben Kennedy (Brockton, MA) and Darce Swaggert (Excelsior, MN) also contributed to the offensive output.


No.	Name				G	A	P
9	Mike Noone '98			13	11	24
24	Rob MacDonald '99		9	14	23
23	Darce Swaggert '01		7	7	14
26	Chris Orszulak '01		3	11	14
11	Paul Gozzo '98			2	12	14
22	Charlie Blyth '99		6	6	12
15	Gregg DiNardo '01		5	7	12
21	Doug Erickson '98		1	8	9
8	Tim Kelly '98			3	4	7
17	Andy Jones '00			1	6	7
27	Robbie Hill '01			4	2	6
7	Tom Carideo '98			2	4	6
19	Matt Rogers '99			3	2	5
12	Matt Drawz '99			1	4	5
2	Buster Nelson '00		0	5	5
3	Dan Moos '98			2	2	4
6	Chris Gargiulo '98		1	2	3
16	Tim Quinn '00			1	2	3
4	Ben Kennedy '01			0	3	3
5	Stephen Tornabene '01		0	1	1
14	Joe Graceffa '00		0	1	1
Amherst Totals				64	114	178

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
33  Chris Addesa '99	7	4	1	743	318	35	.901	2.83	2
30  Nick Rieser '01	1	2	0	176	68	7	.907	2.39	0
Amherst Totals		8	6	1	919	386	42	.902	2.74	2

Current Record: 8-6-1, 6-4-1 ECAC East
Last Week: 	UConn, L 2-3
		AIC, W 8-4
Up Next:  	Fri Jan 30 at Colby, 3:00pm
		Sat Jan 31 at Bowdoin, 7:00pm

 Women's Hockey Ties Williams, Adds Another Alliance Win

Amherst women's ice hockey made a run at its first Little III title with challenging matchups with Williams and Wesleyan. Despite a two-goal deficit heading into the third period in Williamstown, the Jeffs forced overtime when rookie Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) notched her third career hat trick to match each Eph score. This tie marks the best showing the Jeffs have ever posted against the archrivals in the three-year history of the varsity program, and Amherst will look to pull out a win at home when the Jeffs host Williams on Friday at 7:30pm.

Travelling to Connecticut College, Amherst picked up its second Alliance victory with a 10-3 decision over the Camels. League leading scorer and ECAC Player of the Week Jess Frisch (Bethesda, MD) led the Jeffs with four goals and two assists, while Honor Roll recipient Bowe posted two goals and an assist. In her first collegiate game, rookie Emma Lincoln (Garrett Park, MD) posted a pair of goals.

Facing Wesleyan the following day, Amherst found itself in a seven-goal hole late in the second period. Senior Margaret Seiler (Louisville, KY) poked in a goal before the second intermission to spark a five-goal third period that fell just seconds short of tying the game and forcing overtime. Sophomore Genny Furst (Deephaven, MN) tallied two goals in the offensive while classmate Lisbeth Rowinski (Paistow, NH) notched her second power play goal of the weekend midway through the run. The Jeffs are currently 5-4-1, 2-4-1 Alliance, as they have outscored opponents 68-41, including 22 and 16-goals in each of the last two weekends.


No.	Name				G	A	P	P-Min*
18	Jess Frisch '98			19	19	38
 3	Gretchen Bowe '01		20	13	33		
 4	Genny Furst '00			14	18	32	1-2
11	Lisbeth Rowinski '00		6	6	12	3-6	
15	Margaret Seiler '98		3	9	12	1-2
12	Val Klein '98			3	5	8	8-16
 6	Catherine Cugell '98		0	3	3	1-2
16	Emma Lincoln '01		2	0	2
19	Natalie Weber '01		1	1	2
 2	Christine Hatch '98		0	1	1
10	Gay Heit '00			0	1	1
17	Ainsley Gordon '01		0	1	1
Amherst Totals				68	77	145	15-30	
Opponent Totals				41	46	87	32-64	

Goalkeeping			W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
 1  Sarah Evans '99		2	2	1	305	202	22	.902	4.33	0
30  Cindy Matsushita '98	3	2	0	300	157	19	.892	3.80	0
Amherst Totals			5	4	1	605	359	41	.898	4.07	0
Opponent Totals			4	5	1	605	302	68	.816	6.75	0
*does not include Williams game

Current Record: 5-4-1 overall, 2-4-1 ECAC Alliance
Last Week:	at Williams, T 3-3 OT
		at Connecticut College, W 10-3
		at Wesleyan, L 6-7
This Week:	Wed Jan 28 Boston University, 7:00pm
		Fri Jan 30 Williams, 7:30pm
		Sun Feb 1 UPenn, 11:00am

 Men's and Women's Squash Rebound to Take Three of Four

Men's and women's squash won three of their four matches this week after dropping their first matches of the season last week. The men posted a 2-0 week, crushing Dartmouth 9-0 and defeating Penn 7-2. Three players remain undefeated so far this season, All-Americans David McNeely (Newtown Square, PA) and Kevin Orphan (Atlanta, GA), along with rookie Addison West (Haverford, PA). The women also began the week with a sweep, 9-0 over Wellesley before falling to Dartmouth 8-1. Page Callaghan (Strafford, PA) notched Amherst's lone win, an exciting five-gamer that pushed her season match record to 5-1 in her junior season.

Men's Individual Match Records
David McNeely '00		3-0
Kevin Orphan '99		5-0
Evan Khan '98 			4-1
Addison West '01		5-0
Hayden Felice '98		0-1
Jamie Ford '98			4-1
Stephen Seelbach '99		4-1
Andrew Snyder '99		2-1
Perry Pickert '98		3-1
Chris Herron '98		4-1
Kunal Rakshit '00		2-0
Raza Mujtaba '00		2-0

Women's Individual Match Records
Page Callaghan '98		5-1
Rachel Nisselson '00		4-2
Justine O'Connor '98		4-1
Sheila Reynolds '99		5-1
Katherine Giese '01		4-1
Carrie Goodwin '98		4-2
Kim Karetsky '99		2-2
Bevin Sell '99			4-2
Vanessa Champion '01		2-2
Christine Kham '00		1-1
Liz Scheinfeldt '99		1-1
Samantha Alves '00		0-1
Melinda Mahaffey '98		0-1
 
Current Records: 4-1 men, 4-2 women
Last Week:	women v. Wellesley, W 9-0
		Dartmouth	men: W 9-0		women: L 1-8
		men v. Penn: W 7-2
This Week:	Tue Jan 27 women at Brown, 7:00pm
		Wed Jan 28 men v. MIT, 3:00pm
		Thu Jan 29 men v. Trinity, 7:00pm
		Sat Jan 31 women at Yale, 2:00pm

 Swimming and Diving Wins Three of Four

Women's swimming and diving posted three wins while the men dropped only their second meet of the year. The women traveled to Connecticut College for a tri-meet with Mount Holyoke as the Jeffs posted handy victories in both contests. Amherst won all but two events against each the Camels and the Lyons, and the Jeffs did the same at Hamilton in a handy victory. Meanwhile, the men were just a touch late as they fell to the Continentals.
Current Records: 5-2 men, 8-1 women 
Last Week:	women at Conn College, W 94-19
		women v. Mount Holyoke, W 81-23
		at Hamilton	men: L 96-141		women: W 148.5-94.5
Up Next: 	Tue Jan 27 women at Smith, 7:00pm
		Sat Jan 31 at Wesleyan, 1:00pm

 Indoor Gets on Track with Three National Qualifiers

Competing at the Brandeis Invitational, men's and women's indoor track and field surpassed three national qualifying standards while also shattering a school record. Nicole Campbell (Brooklyn, NY) registered a 36' 08.25" in the triple jump, over four feet farther than her own school best, set last year in her rookie season. With that performance the sophomore earns a provisional invitation to Nationals, as does classmate Jeff Willis (Kobe, Japan) with a 1:54.70 clocking in the 800. Junior co-captain Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) will make his fourth straight appearance at Nationals as he took over 2.5 seconds off his personal best in the 800 for an automatic qualifier.
Last Week: Brandeis Invitational	men: 5th place (49 points)	women: 9th place (20 points)
This Week: 	Sat Jan 31 Men's Terrier Classic at BU, 9:00am
		Sun Feb 1 Women's Terrier Classic at BU, 9:00am

 Fall Footnotes...

Team awards were announced for the 1997 football team. The winners are:
Cadigan Award (Most Valuable Defensive Lineman): Devin Moriarty (Springfield, MA)
Eckely Award (Most Valuable Offensive Lineman): David Heaton (Milford, MA)
Special Teams Player of the Year: Alex Niefer (Williamsville, NY)
Friends of Amherst Athletics Award: J.C. Coleman (Cheshire, CT)
Offensive Back Award: Darin Byrne (Winchester, MA)
Defensive Back Award: Jake Conca (Attleboro, MA)
Rookie of the Year: Brian Daoust (Dover, MA)
Hammer Award (Hardest Hitter): Seth Zimmerman (Lewistown, PA)
Ashley Award (Most Valuable Player): Rich Willard (Johnstown, NY)
1998 Quad-Captains: Darin Byrne (Winchester, MA), Bob DiSabato (Westwood, MA), Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY), Alex Tracy (Easton, MA)

The National Soccer Coaches Associaton of America announced the winners of Academic Awards and the Amherst women's team earned three individual honors, along with team recognition. two-time All-American Shaunette Richards (Mays Landing, NJ), a senior midfielder, and two-time All-Regional midfielder Erika Johnson (Newton, MA), a senior tri-captain, were named to the Academic All-America First Team, while All-American defender Ellie Hickerson (Davenport, IA) earned Second Team honors. Collectively, the team also earned an Academic Award.

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