Men's Ice Hockey
A Look Ahead at the 1998-1999 Lord Jeffs
The 1998-99 Lord Jeffs look to bounce back from a disappointing 1997-98 season and build upon their recent successes, including the 1996 ECAC East Championship. The team graduated eight from last year's squad but returns an exciting, hungry group.
Offensively, senior co-captains Rob MacDonald and Charlie Blyth are two of the elite forwards in Division III. The offense does not stop there. Fellow senior Matt Rogers has the potential to join Blyth and MacDonald among the best around. Juniors Tim Quinn, Joe Graceffa and John Maguire have shown the ability to contribute at both ends of the ice. Sophomores Gregg DiNardo, Chris Orszulak and Robbie Hill all come off excellent freshman years and will be looked upon to continue their development and be major factors in the success of the offense. Freshmen Bob Miele (Boston Bulldogs), David Moore (Milton Academy), Greg Carr (Hanover HS), Darren Reaume (Great Falls Jr. A), Ben Santonelli (Belmont Hill) and Rudy Reinhart (Northwood) will all get have an opportunity to step in and make an impact.
The team will be backstopped in goal by senior Chris Addesa and sophomore Nick Rieser. Addesa, who had three shutouts and combined for a fourth, saw the bulk of the playing time last season, but the Wisconsin-transfer should be challenged to keep the top spot.
Youth and experience should
produce a formidable defense
On the blueline, the group will be young but experienced. Juniors Andy Jones and Buster Nelson will lead the way. They will be joined by sophomores Ben Kennedy, Darce Swaggert and Steve Tornabene. Senior Matt Drawz may also see significant time on defense, along with newcomers Jim Smith (West Point) and John Frechette (Taft)
With the excellent incoming class and terrific optimism surrounding the program, the Jeffs are looking forward to the 1998-99 season and getting the program back among the Division III elite.
Lord Jeff Hockey Highlights
Coach Jack Arena
Jack will be entering his sixteenth year as the Head Coach of the Jeffs' hockey team. During his tenure, the team has produced the eight winningest seasons in college history and has been selected to the ECAC Tournament nine times. The 1992 and 1996 teams captured the ECAC Championship for only the second and third times in Amherst history. At the conclusion of the 1995-1996 season, Arena was awarded both the ECAC East and New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year honors. As a 1983 graduate of Amherst College, Arena is fourth on the All-Time Scoring List. He capped off his Amherst hockey career by being selected the Hoby Baker Award winner as the Most Outstanding Collegiate Player in the country for Division III.