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Jonathan Hill '05
Senior co-captain Jonathan Hill makes the move to defense after tallying 13 goals and 20 assists in three seasons at forward.

Men's Hockey Skates into 2004-05 Season

November 10, 2004

2003-04 RECAP
In 2003-04 the Amherst College men’s ice hockey team finished 11-11-3 overall and 6-10-2 in ECAC East and NESCAC play. The Jeffs went undefeated in their first six games, posting a 5-0-1 mark, winning the Ben McCabe Tournament with a pair of clutch victories over SUNY-Courtland and Trinity College and rising as high as 11th in the national rankings. Despite a loss at then fourth-ranked Norwich University, they bounced back with a 4-2 win over the University of St. Thomas 4-2 on the campus of the University of Minnesota, battled host Gustavus Adolphus College to a 4-4 tie and returned to New England to edge NESCAC foe Trinity, 2-1. After hitting a midseason cold spell, the Jeffs ended the regular season with an offensive flurry, averaging just under five goals per game over their last four contests, including a 5-3 win over visiting Tufts University and a 9-3 win over visiting Connecticut College. The Jeffs earned the No. 7 seed in the NESCAC Tournament and their fifth straight trip to the postseason, but fell at third-seeded Trinity in the opening round.

The Jeffs lose four seniors to graduation - co-captain John McNicholas, defenseman Chris Norqual and forwards Mike Kreger and Josh Hoffman. McNicholas was a defensive mainstay in his senior campaign and a key component of the starting line, while Norqual ranked fourth on the team in points scored (15) and tied for the team lead with 14 assists. Kreger was the Jeffs’ fifth-leading scorer last winter with four goals and 10 assists, and Hoffman racked up 10 goals and 14 assists in his four-year career. All four were members of the 2000-01 Amherst team that finished sixth in the nation and second in the NESCAC at 18-5-2 overall and 12-2-3 in conference play.

Amherst returns a veteran group of forwards, highlighted by senior co-captain Beau Kretzman. A three-time All-NESCAC selection and the 2001-02 NESCAC rookie of the year, Kretzman has led the Jeff offense in each of his first three seasons with a combined 57 goals, 47 assists and 104 points. Joining him in the offensive ranks are seniors Scott Aldrich, Bradford Craigen, Marc Russell, Thierry Pauyo and Roy Mabrey, juniors A.J. Greco, Steve Nelson, Jack Greeley and Rob Balanda, and sophomore Sean Ellis. Greco and Nelson provided plenty of offensive firepower in their respective sophomore campaigns, posting 21 points apiece, while Aldrich increased his career totals to 17 goals and 14 assists. Mabrey and Ellis chipped in with six goals and four assists last season as well.

Senior co-captain Jonathan Hill makes the move to defense after tallying 13 goals and 20 assists in three seasons at forward. Hill’s toughness and skating ability will be a key component on a youthful defense, which returns fellow senior Bill Jenkins and sophomores Trevor Calamel, Brandon Zangel and Erik Lund. Jenkins is an experienced defenseman, while Calamel is a smart player and Zangel is one of the toughest hitters in the NESCAC.

Junior Sean Lynch and sophomores Dan Smith and Josh Fillman return between the pipes for Amherst. Fillman started nine games in his rookie campaign, collecting 259 saves, while Smith, who will rejoin the Jeffs after sitting out first semester, racked up 464 saves in 15 appearances.

The Jeffs welcome five first-years to the ice this winter - forwards Greg Adamo, Kyle Schoppel and Andrew Schremp and defenders Rob Stevenson and Mike McIntosh. Head Coach Jack Arena ’83 is excited about this group and expects them to make an immediate impact.