Senior captain Jack Greeley returns with 15 points on three goals and 12 assists to lead the Jeffs' offense.
Men's Hockey Set For 2005-06 Slate
November 14, 2005
In 2004-05, the Amherst College men's hockey team shone their brightest in four seasons, posting a 13-10-2 record and rolling over five separate NESCAC opponents. The Jeffs opened the season 4-1-2, overpowering NESCAC rival Wesleyan University and trouncing non-league foes UMass-Boston, St.Michaels and Western New England College. The season saw two three-game win streaks, including wins over Connecticut College, Bowdoin College and Colby College. The Jeffs' thrilling 4-3 victory against the Mules late in the season helped catapult them into fifth place in conference standings and earned them a spot in the NESCAC championship tournament for the sixth consecutive year. After holding Bowdoin scoreless for over 48 minutes in their final regular season game for a 4-2 victory, Amherst was stymied by the fourth-seeded Polar Bears the following weekend in the opening round of post-season play.
The Jeffs graduated eight seniors in 2005, co-captains Beau Kretzman and Jonathan Hill, along with classmates Roy Mabrey, Bill Jenkins, Scott Aldrich, Brad Craigen, Marc Russell and Theirry Pauyo. Kretzman capped an exceptional career, leading the Jeffs in scoring and earning All-NESCAC and team MVP honors in each of his four years at Amherst. He finished his senior season with 39 points (tied for first in the conference) on 15 goals and 24 assists and earned First Team All-Conference, AHCA Second-Team All-America, NEHWA ECAC East/NESCAC All-Star, and NESCAC All-Academic honors in 2004-05. He graduated as the program's fifth all-time leading scorer with 143 career points on 72 goals and 71 assists. Hill, a four-year defender, played in every game of his college career, making 100 appearances for the Jeffs and racking up 15 goals and 42 assists for 57 career points. His 22 assists last winter placed him fourth in the NESCAC. Kretzman and Hill were supported by a prolific group of scorers as Mabrey, Jenkins, Aldrich, Craigen, Russell and Pauyo combined for a stunning 172 points on 73 goals and 99 assists over four seasons and helped lead the Jeffs to 37 wins and four post-season berths in their tenure.
Reigning NESCAC Rookie of the Year forward Kyle Schoppel is the Jeffs' top returning leading scorer with 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points. He and seniors A.J. Greco, Amherst's second returning leading scorer with 19 points on 9 goals and 10 assists, and co-captain Jack Greeley, will lead the offense and will be joined by seniors Steve Nelson and Rob Balanda, juniors Sean Ellis, Eric Lund, and Trevor Calamel, and sophomores Andrew Schremp and Gregg Adamo. On the defensive side, juniors Brandon Zangel and sophomores Rob Stevenson and Mike McIntosh will lead a young unit which posted two shutouts in 2004-05. Junior netminder Josh Fillman returns to goal, having played nearly every minute last year en route to a .900 save percentage with 678 saves. Sophomore Dan Smith rejoins the squad after a year hiatus to compete with Fillman for time between the pipes.
Amherst welcome seven first-years and one sophomore transfer this winter. Newcomers Rylan Burns, Shane Lennox, Jeff Landers, Olufemi Amurawaiye, sophomore Griffin Beidrin and rookie goalie A.J. Scola join the defense ranks, while Brendan Powers and Will Collins hope to make an impact on the Jeffs' offensive end.
The Jeffs begin their 2005-06 slate hosting Wesleyan University and Trinity College on November 18 and 19. Amherst fills its midseason schedule with a pair of tournaments at Wesleyan and Middlebury and a number of exciting ECAC East matchups, notably including Norwich University, Babson College and St. Anselm College. The Jeffs conclude the regular season facing archrival Williams and perennial powerhouse Middlebury.