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Tri-Captains
(From left) Senior tri-captains Steve Zieja, Pat Fitzsimons and Ryan Faulkner have led the Jeffs to a school-record 85 wins and an unprecedented four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

Men's Basketball to Play Fifth-Ranked Rochester in Friday's NCAA Sectionals, Hosted by Williams

March 10, 2003

AMHERST, MA - The NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament is down to 16 teams and sites and times for sectional play were announced this morning. Amherst College (23-4) - which advanced to the Round of 16 with Saturday’s 84-60 second-round win over visiting Southern Vermont College - will travel to Williams College to take on the University of Rochester (23-3) Friday at 6 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. sectional game between host Williams (27-1) and Hamilton College (23-5). The winners will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. with a trip to the national semifinals - held March 21-22 at the Salem (VA) Civic Center - at stake.

Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens, students and children over 5 years old. One ticket purchase is good for both games on Friday. A bank of tickets has been set aside for Amherst and can be reserved by contacting Terry Serrell, assistant to the athletic director, at (413) 542-2275.

Amherst is making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA sectionals. Last season, the Jeffs advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 1994, where they fell to sectional host SUNY Brockport, 69-64.

Behind senior tri-captains Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA), Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC) and Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, NH), who have led the Jeffs to a school record 85 wins over four seasons, Amherst enters sectional play at 23-4. This is their fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and sixth overall.

    AMHERST IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Sixth appearance / 7-5 all-time (5-0 home, 2-5 road)
  • 1993-94 (Qualified for the NCAA Tournament in its first year of eligibility… drew first-round bye… won at Colby in second round… beat the No. 1 team in the nation, Franklin & Marshall College, which entered the game with only one loss, in the Round of 16… Fell to eventual national champion Lebanon Valley in the national quarterfinals)
  • 1996-97 (Beat visiting Colby, 83-60, in first round… fell at Williams, 86-63, in second round)
  • 1999-00 (Beat visiting WNEC, 79-77, in first round… fell at Salem State, 81-75, in second round)
  • 2000-01 (Beat visiting St. John Fisher, 89-76, in first round… fell at Clark, 89-76, in second round)
  • 2001-02 (First-round bye… beat visiting Western Connecticut State, 82-77, in second round… fell at SUNY Brockport, 69-64, in Round of 16)
  • 2002-03 (First-round bye… beat visiting Southern Vermont, 84-60, in second round)