Smith Tabbed JOFA/AHCA College Division Ice Hockey All-American|
March 20, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst College senior defenseman Jim Smith (Rochester, MN) was named a JOFA College Division Ice Hockey First-Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association after leading the Jeffs to the title game of the NESCAC Championship Tournament and an 18-5-3 overall record.
|Smith is a two-time |
First-Team All-NESCAC selection
and the 2001 Conference
Player of the Year
A two-time First-Team All-NESCAC selection and this year's Conference Player of the Year, Smith led the Jeffs in scoring and finished fourth in the NESCAC with 13 goals, 25 assists and 38 points in 26 games. He was also the conference's top scoring defenseman and the 20th leading assist-man in the nation (.96/gm.). Smith was one of three NESCAC players selected to the All-American team, along with Middlebury College second-team picks Matt Skoglund and Scott Goldman.
After posting a 16-4-3 record through the end of the regular season, including a final weekend sweep of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and archrival Williams College, Amherst wrapped up the number-two seed in the seven-team NESCAC Championship Tournament. From there, the Jeffs dispatched Williams and Bowdoin College and played defending champion and top-seed Middlebury to a dramatic 4-3 overtime-loss in the title game. Despite missing out on the lone at-large bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament, Amherst finished the season ranked sixth in the final U.S. College Hockey Online poll, on the strength of six wins in its last seven outings.