Amherst College Weekly Winter Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 7 for athletic events from January 26-February 1, 1998

 Men's Basketball Peaks at No. 3 in Nation

Jumping out to a 13-0 record, Amherst men's basketball peaked as the No. 3 team in the nation according to Columbus Multimedia polls before suffering its first loss of the season. The Jeffs are coming off their best start in the history of the program, as they are ranked No. 6 in this week's polls.

Senior Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA) led the Jeffs in a 2-1 week, averaging 17.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game. The tri-captain earned ECAC Honor Roll recognition for his efforts, most notably his career-high 27 points at Middlebury to rally the Jeffs from a 13-point deficit at halftime toward a three-point victory. The center had also matched his career-high of 14 rebounds against Babson, along with swatting three Beaver shots.

Amherst tallied a pair of wins before falling at archrival Williams. The Jeffs used an 11-0 run over five minutes in the first half toward an 88-61 win over Babson. Head Coach David Hixon '75 coached the Jeffs to a 71-68 victory in his 500th career game, a mark achieved over 20+ seasons at his alma mater. Hixon is currently 329-172 (65.7%) at Amherst.

Heading to Williams for a rematch with their archrivals, the Jeffs fell victim to 71% Eph shooting in the first half. Trailing at the break for only the second time all season, the Jeffs were paced by a 12-point performance Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA), and 11-points by senior tri-captain Julian "Bubba" Rowand (Washington, DC).


No.	Name			ppg	rpg	apg
32	Billy Skorupski '98	14.4	 8.4	 1.0
41	John Pavelski '98	14.3	 6.2	 1.7
12	Pat Mulvey '00		11.5	 3.1	 1.4
23	Hugh Quattlebaum '00	 9.0	 3.4	 0.8
4	Julian Rowand '98	 8.5	 4.6	 1.6
31	Chris Ingraham '99	 8.4	 4.1	 0.7
11	Caith Chapman '99	 6.6	 1.8	 2.7
30	Chris Smith '00		 4.5	 1.4	 0.3
44/34	Josh Anish '99		 4.4	 2.4	 0.9
22	Erik Kelly '01		 4.0	 1.0	 0.5
5	Mark MacLeod '99	 2.6	 0.9	 0.9
10	Abe Sexson '01		 2.5	 1.3	 0.0
40	Charles Field '99	 2.1	 1.8	 0.0
15	Brian Daoust '01	 1.9	 0.7	 1.2
3	Peter Denby '00		 1.0	 0.8	 0.8
Amherst Totals			85.1	41.9	12.8
Opponent Totals			71.0	37.8	 9.9

Current Record: 13-1, 3-1 NESCAC		High Scorer			High Rebounder
Last Week: 	Babson, W 88-61			Quattlebaum, Skorupski 17	Skorupski 14
		at Middlebury, W 71-68		Skorupski 27			Rowand, Skorupski 8
		at Williams, L 60-94		Quattlebaum 12			Quattlebaum 4
Up Next: 	Tue Feb 3 at Framingham, 7:30pm
		Sat Feb 7 Hamilton, 3:00pm

 Women's Basketball Beats Williams, Enters New England Top-10

Posting a 2-1 record for the week, Amherst women's basketball used a 57-54 upset of archrival Williams College to vault itself into the New England Top-10 for the first time this season. The Jeffs are currently tied for 9th place according to polls by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA).

Leading Amherst has been the outstanding play of senior Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC). The tri-captain averaged 21.3 points and 8.7 rebounds a game this week and earned ECAC Honor Roll recognition for her efforts. She began the week with her second double-double of the season, a 20-point, 10-rebound peroformance against Wellesley before battling second-ranked Middlebury with 21 points and two steals. And it was Rinaldi's 23rd point that gave the Jeffs their final lead over the Ephs with 1:37 left to play. Amherst's victory over Williams ended a 29-game home win streak for the Ephs.

The Jeffs had kicked off the week with an 88-61 win over Wellesley, whom they had held to 25% shooting in the first half. Sophomore Naomi Sullivan (Hudson, MA) dished out six assists against Wellesley before pulling down a team-high nine boards against the Panthers. The Jeffs had played Middlebury close throughout the first half, but a 13-2 run to open the second sealed the game for the Panthers. Junior Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) added 20 points and eight rebounds against Middlebury.

Traveling to Williams, the Jeffs were looking for payback for the Ephs' come-from-behind win in LeFrak. Sullivan and Rinaldi made the first two baskets of the game before Williams roared out to lead by as much as nine. The duo chipped away at the Eph lead with the help of junior captain Janinne Noel (Dalton, MA), who scored all eight of her points in the second half. Rinaldi's layup put Amherst up 55-54, as Hersey sank a pair of free throws to seal the victory. Hersey pulled down 11 rebounds and made three steals, and she leads the team in both categories.


No.	Name			ppg	rpg	apg
15	Katie Hersey '99	14.3	9.1	2.5
31	Sarah Rinaldi '98	13.7	7.1	1.0
12	Janinne Noel '99	9.3	2.1	1.7
33	Naomi Sullivan '00	6.9	5.6	2.9
24	Liza Feldman '00	5.1	2.4	1.1
34	Deirdre McCarthy '01	4.5	4.2	0.5
14	Dacia Walker '00	3.2	3.5	1.3
11	Meg Riley '01		1.8	0.6	0.3
32	Rebecca Sacher '01	1.4	2.3	0.3
21	Charlotte Taylor '01	1.3	1.1	0.2
20	Jen Sielicki '01	1.6	0.4	0.6
10	Melissa Roja '00	0.9	0.9	0.6
30	Margaret Lischer '01	0.3	0.6	0.1
Amherst Totals			62.7	42.6	12.7
Opponent Totals			56.5	38.5	9.8

Current Record: 10-5, 0-3 NESCAC		High Scorer		High Rebounder
Last Week: 	Wellesley, W 83-67		Rinaldi 20		Rinaldi 10
		Middlebury, L 60-73		Rinaldi 21		Sullivan 9
		at Williams, W 57-54		Rinaldi 23		Hersey 11
Up Next: 	Tue Feb 3 at Wesleyan, 7:30pm
		Thu Feb 5 Norwich, 7:00pm
		Sat Feb 7 at Hamilton, 3:00pm

Men's Ice Hockey Splits Weekend Games Men's ice hockey split another pair of weekend games to bring its record to 9-7-1 overall, 7-5-1 ECAC East. The Jeffs began the weekend with an overtime matchup at Colby, where a shot by junior Matt Rogers (Excelsior, MN) handed Amherst the victory with just 49 seconds left in the extra period. The next day, the Jeffs mounted a third period comeback against Bowdoin as Amherst fired off three goals after trailing 5-0 at the second intermission. Senior tri-captains Paul Gozzo (Avon, CT), Mike Noone (Swampscott, MA) and Doug Erickson (North Billerica, MA) all netted goals in the Amherst rally.


No.	Name				G	A	P
9	Mike Noone '98			14	12	26
24	Rob MacDonald '99		9	15	24
11	Paul Gozzo '98			3	13	16
23	Darce Swaggert '01		7	8	15
26	Chris Orszulak '01		3	11	14
22	Charlie Blyth '99		6	7	13
15	Gregg DiNardo '01		5	8	13
21	Doug Erickson '98		2	8	10
8	Tim Kelly '98			3	4	7
17	Andy Jones '00			1	6	7
19	Matt Rogers '99			4	2	6
27	Robbie Hill '01			4	2	6
7	Tom Carideo '98			2	4	6
12	Matt Drawz '99			1	5	6
2	Buster Nelson '00		0	5	5
3	Dan Moos '98			2	2	4
6	Chris Gargiulo '98		1	3	4
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				68	122	190

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
33  Chris Addesa '99	8	5	1	867	369	40	.902	2.77	2
30  Nick Rieser '01	1	2	0	176	68	7	.907	2.39	0
Amherst Totals		9	7	1	1043	437	47	.903	2.70	2

Current Record: 9-7-1, 7-5-1 ECAC East
Last Week: 	at Colby, W 1-0 OT
		at Bowdoin, L 3-5
Up Next:  	Fri Feb 6 Trinity, 7:00pm
		Sat Feb 7 Wesleyan, 3:00pm

 Women's Hockey Crushes Pair in 2-1 Week

Led by the nation's top three scorers in Jess Frisch (Bethesda, MD), Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) and Genny Furst (Deephaven, MN), women's ice hockey posted a 2-1 week, including outscoring opponents 21-2 in its two wins. To date, the Jeffs have scored 89 goals while allowing only 51 as their netminders boast an .892 save percentage.

Bowe kicked off a record-breaking game against Boston University with a five-goal, three-assist performance. She surpasses college records for most goals and most points in a single game, while the team blasted an unprededented 71 shots on net. Frisch added a pair of goals and four assists for the Jeffs.

In a re-match against Williams, however, the offensive firepower of the Jeffs was held off by 29 saves in goal and a powerful Eph attack. Despite suffering an 8-0 blanking by the Ephs, keeper Sarah Evans (Columbus, OH) made 42 saves in goal. Amherst rebounded two days later by clobbering the University of Pennsylvania 10-0 in the Jeffs' first shutout of the season. Eight different players scored as the Jeffs outshot Penn 56-1.


No.	Name				G	A	P	P-Min
18	Jess Frisch '98			22	24	46
3	Gretchen Bowe '01		26	17	43		
4	Genny Furst '00			17	22	39	1-2
11	Lisbeth Rowinski '00		9	8	16	7-14	
15	Margaret Seiler '98		3	13	16	1-2
12	Val Klein '98			4	6	10	12-24
16	Emma Lincoln '01		4	2	6
19	Natalie Weber '01		2	2	4
6	Catherine Cugell '98		0	4	4	1-2
2	Christine Hatch '98		0	2	2	1-2
10	Gay Heit '00			1	2	3
17	Ainsley Gordon '01		1	2	3
30	Cindy Matsushita '98		0	1	1
Amherst Totals				89	105	194	23-46
Opponent Totals				51	56	107	37-82	

Goalkeeping			W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
  1  Sarah Evans '99		2	3	1	365	244	30	.891	4.93	0
30  Cindy Matsushita '98	5	2	0	420	178	21	.894	3.00	1
Amherst Totals			7	5	1	785	422	51	.892	3.90	1
Opponent Totals			5	7	1	785	436	89	.830	6.80	1

Current Record: 7-5-1 overall, 2-5-1 ECAC Alliance
Last Week:	Boston University, W 11-2
		Williams, L 0-8
		Penn, W 10-0
This Week:	Sat Feb 7 at Middlebury, 12:30pm
		Sun Feb 8 Vermont, 2:30pm

 Men's and Women's Squash Prepare for Little IIIs

Men's and women's squash began the toughest part of their schedules this week against some of the best teams in the nation. The women dropped a pair of matches at Brown and Yale as rookie Katherine Giese (Ardmore, PA) registered the lone Jeff win against the Ivies. Meanwhile, the men cruised to a 9-0 win over MIT before hosting second-ranked Trinity. While the No. 4 Jeffs pushed four matches to five games, the Bantams went home with a 7-2 victory. However, No. 7 Stephen Seelbach (Short Hills, NJ) notched a 17-14 win in the fifth game for the match, while sophomore David McNeely (Newton Square, PA), ranked No. 4 in the nation, upset the top-ranked player in the country in four games.

Men's Individual Match Records
David McNeely '00		4-0
Kevin Orphan '99		5-1
Evan Khan '98 			5-2
Addison West '01		6-1
Hayden Felice '98		0-2
Jamie Ford '98			5-2
Stephen Seelbach '99		6-1
Andrew Snyder '99		2-2
Perry Pickert '98		5-1
Chris Herron '98		5-2
Kunal Rakshit '00		3-0
Raza Mujtaba '00		3-0
Edward Meyer '00		1-0

Women's Individual Match Records
Page Callaghan '98		5-3
Rachel Nisselson '00		4-4
Justine O'Connor '98		4-3
Sheila Reynolds '99		5-2
Katherine Giese '01		5-1
Carrie Goodwin '98		4-4
Kim Karetsky '99		2-4
Bevin Sell '99			4-4
Vanessa Champion '01		2-4
Christine Kham '00		1-3
Liz Scheinfeldt '99		1-2
Samantha Alves '00		0-1
Melinda Mahaffey '98		0-1
 
Current Records: 5-2 men, 4-4 women
Last Week:	women at Brown, L 1-8
		men v. MIT, W 9-0
		men v. Trinity, L 2-7
		women at Yale, L 0-9
This Week:	Tue Feb 3 women v. Smith, 7:00pm
		Thu Feb 5 men at Brown, 6:00pm
		Sat Feb 7 Little III, 11:00am

 Swimming and Diving Wins Three for Week

Amherst swimming and diving brought home three wins for the week, along with a Little III title and the conclusion of a season. The men posted a 142-95 victory over Wesleyan for the Little III title after edging out Williams 120-111 in Amherst last month. The Jeffs won all but two events, sparked by Pat Lahey (Northfield, IL) who helped Amherst to three first-place finishes in the 400 medley relay, the 200 IM and the 200 breaststroke. Meanwhile, diver Matt Smith (North Bridgton, ME) remains undefeated on the 3-meter and perfect on the 1-meter since his second meet as the junior prepares for his third trip to Nationals.

With the Wesleyan meet, the women finished their regular seasons and prepare for New Englands in three weeks. Senior co-captain Kerry Weeks (Longmeadow, MA) and rookies Stacie Botsford (Timonium, MD) and Tiffany Johnston (Centerville, MA) continue to surpass national qualifying standards. Weeks was just .43 seconds off her own college record in the 100 backstroke with a 1:00.91 finish at Smith in B-cut time, and she and Botsford would take 1-2 in the 200 IM at Wesleyan with a pair of B-cuts. Johnston took 1.4 seconds off her 200 butterfly to re-qualify for Nationals at Wesleyan.

Current Records: 6-2 men, 10-1 women 
Last Week:	women at Smith, W 181-112
		at Wesleyan		women, W 130-111	men W 142-95
Up Next: 	Fri Feb 6 men v. Colby, 7:00pm

 Indoor Track Races Ahead

Competing at the Terrier Classic, Amherst track and field battled with student-athletes from all Divisions. Junior co-captain Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) ran a 4:03.30 in the mile to claim 3rd place with a new college record and the second-fastest time run by a Division III runner, which also surpassed the finish by his own head coach, Erik Nedeau, by 1.36 seconds. Mitchell then helped the 4x800 relay to a 3rd place finish behind Penn and Georgetown in 7:43.41, just 1.42 off the school record.

The women, meanwhile, were led by sophomore Nicole Campbell (Brooklyn, NY), who finished 11th in the triple jump with a 36'4 performance, four inches short of the school record she had set last week at the Brandeis Invitational.

Last Week: Terrier Classic at BU
This Week: Sat Feb 7 Wheaton Invitational, 10:00am

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