AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Two Amherst College basketball players were honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference on the Division III New England Honor Roll for their performances in games through January 31, 1998. This is the fifth week this season that the ECAC has acknowledged the achievements of Amherst College basketball players. Meanwhile, the ECAC bestows its sixth honor of the 1997-98 season on a woman's hockey player to recognize a spectacular performance in games through February 1, 1998.
Senior center Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) led Amherst women's basketball to a 2-1 week, including the team's first victory over archrival Williams since 1992, and one that snapped a 29-game Eph home win streak. The tri-captain tallied a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds against the Ephs as she averaged 21.3 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. Rinaldi is the team's second leading scorer and third on the career blocks list with 63. Rinaldi's performance propelled her team to a No. 9 ranking in the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) poll. This is the first time the 1997-98 squad has broken into the top-10.
On the men's side, tri-captain Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA) also earned ECAC Honor Roll recognition as he has helped his team to a 13-1 record as the top-ranked team in New England. The senior rallied the Jeffs from a 13-point deficit to Middlebury with a career-high 27 points and eight rebounds toward a 71-68 victory, Amherst's 13th straight of the season. Three days earlier, the center had swatted three shots by Babson in a 27-point Jeff victory. Skorupski is the team's leading scorer with 14.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) appears on the ECAC Honor Roll for women's ice hockey for the third straight week as the rookie continues to power the team to success. Her five goal-three assist performance against Boston University broke records for most goals and most points by an individual in a single game, while Bowe's offense helped generate an unprecedented 71 shots on net in the 11-2 blowout. Bowe added a goal and an assist to her totals against the University of Pennsylvania, who suffered Amherst's first shutout of the season, 10-0. Bowe is currently the Jeffs' second leading scorer (43 points), and she leads the nation with most goals per game (26 in 13 games, 2.0 gpg).
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