Joel Covelli '09
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Sophomore Joel Covelli leads Amherst and is
fourth in the NESCAC with 34 points this season

Covelli and Ellis Earn All-NESCAC Honors

By Justin Long

March 1 , 2007

AMHERST, MA – The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced today the members of the 2006-07 Men’s Hockey All-Conference teams, with two members of the Amherst College squad earning the honors. Sophomore forward Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON) picked up a First-Team nod, while senior captain Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) earned a spot on the Second Team. 

Covelli leads his team in points and ranks fourth among league players, thus far tallying 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points, with two of his goals coming in game-winning fashion. The sophomore transfer has been consistent for Amherst all season, failing to record a point in only four of the Jeffs’ 24 games. He was named NESCAC Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 22, helping Amherst overcome an early 1-0 deficit in a 2-1 win at Conn. College by picking up an assist on the game-winning goal in the third period. The Jeffs followed up with a 5-2 win at Tufts University the next day, as Covelli scored the first goal of the game and assisted on two others.

Ellis, the only captain of the team, has recorded 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points, second only to Covelli. Aside from being recognized by the NESCAC, Ellis was recently nominated for the annual Joe Concannon Award, which recognizes the best American-born Division II/III men’s hockey player in the region. The award also focuses on sportsmanship and character in representing one’s team and institution.

Ellis and Covelli helped Amherst get off to a hot 6-0-1 start this season, including playing a huge role in the Jeffs’ 5-4 upset win over Norwich University on Dec. 1. After Covelli assisted Ellis for the first goal of the game, Covelli picked up an assist on the Jeffs’ third goal and Ellis netted their fifth for the game-winner. They were leaders on the ice throughout the regular season, and recently helped push Amherst into the NESCAC semifinals for the first time since 2001, defeating Wesleyan University 2-0 on the road, with Covelli scoring an empty-net goal at the end of the third period to seal the deal.

Sean Ellis '07
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Senior captain Sean Ellis has 11 goals and 15 assists this season

Fifth-seeded Amherst returns to action this Saturday for a semifinal match-up with top-seeded Bowdoin College at 1 p.m.

First Team
F - Will Bennett (Wesleyan - Sr. - Boston, MA)
F - Joel Covelli (Amherst - So. - Carlisle, ON)
F - Greg Osborne (Colby - Sr. - Stoughton, MA)
D - Arthur Fritch ^ (Colby - Jr. - South Boston, MA)
D - John Halverson (Trinity - Sr. - Lexington, MA)
G - Mike Palladino (Wesleyan - So. - Litchfield, CT)

Second Team
F - Sean Ellis (Amherst - Sr. - Springfield, MA)
F - Mickey Gilchrist * (Middlebury - Jr. - Ottawa, ON)
F - Josh Reber (Colby - Jr. - Edina, MN)
D - Tom Maldonado (Middlebury - Jr. - Bronx, NY)
D - Matt Smith (Bowdoin - So. - Yarmouth, ME)
G - Greg Parker (Connecticut College - Fy. - Trenton, ON)
G - Chris Rossi (Bowdoin - Fy. - Barrington, RI)

* - 2005-06 All-Conference First Team
^ - 2005-06 All-Conference Second Team

Player of the Year: Greg Osborne, Colby
Rookie of the Year: Greg Parker, Connecticut College
Coach of the Year: Chris Potter, Wesleyan