Amherst College Spring Sports

The Spring success was a huge success for Amherst sports teams. Four teams made their respective NCAA Tournaments, one reached the ECAC finals, and every team finished with a winning record.

The men's lacrosse team has a home page that is currently updated. You may access this page by clicking where it says "Men's Lacrosse."

Baseball
5/20/96 The baseball team returned from their first trip to the NCAA Tournament with 1 win and 2 losses. In the first game of the double-elimination series, the Jeffs took on William Paterson College, ranked #2 in the nation. Amherst lost the game, 13-7. In the second game, the Jeffs defeated Fairleigh Dickinson College, 16-4. Brock Safronoff got the win for Amherst. In the third game, the Jeffs lost a tough one to Montclair State, 13-12. Amherst rallied in the 9th inning to cut a 13-9 deficit to 13-12, but was unable to bring the tying run across the plate.

Mike Grant and Adam Rankin were both named to the all-tournament (Mid-Atlantic Region) team. Grant, a freshman second-baseman, hit .600 (g for 10) with 4 runs and 7 R.B.I.. Rankin, Amherst's senior third-baseman, hit .471 (8 for 17) with 2 runs and 8 R.B.I.. Senior Co-Captain Keith Poopor was named to the Division III All-New England Team. With his selection to the first team, Poopor gets to play in Fenway Park on Tuesday, May 28 at 1:00 against the Division I All-Stars. Amherst finishes the year with a 20-11 record.

5/13/96 The men's baseball team has made the NCAA Tournament! After finishing the regular season with a 19-9 record, the Jeffs were unsure if their record would earn them a bid to the tournament. Well, yesterday afternoon, the team learned that they are the number 6 seed in the Mid-Atlantic Region and will play on Wednesday at William Patterson College in New Jersey. The NCAA regionals have a double-elimination format, and the winner of the eight regions will go on to play in the NCAA finals (May 23-28).

Amherst played two games last week. On Tuesday, they defeated Springfield College, 6-2, and on Wednesday, they lost to North Adams State, 4-3. Sunday's double-header against Williams was rained out for the second time. It looks like the two teams will not play this year.

5/6/96 The men's baseball team enters the final week of the regular season with an 18-8 record. In Amherst's last game, the Jeffs defeated Wesleyan, 9-0. Brock Safranoff and John Cross combined for the 6-hit shutout of the Cardinals. Unfortunately, Wesleyan swept Amherst in a double-header the week before and won the Little Three title.

All three games against Williams this season have been rained out and the two teams have had serious difficulties rescheduling them. It looks like they may not play them at all. In other news, Amherst will pass on a potential ECAC Tournament bid with the idea of getting a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

4/22 The men's baseball team had a successful week. Last Monday, the Jeffs were ranked #3 in New England accoring to the Division III Coaches Poll. Monday afternoon, the Jeffs defeated #2 Brandeis, 6-3, and then on Saturday, the Jeffs defeated #1 Eastern Connecticut, 8-5. On Thursday, the Jeffs pounded unranked Fitchburg State, 24-6. This would lead one to believe that Amherst will be #1 in this week's poll. However, the Jeffs lost to UMass-Dartmouth on Sunday, and that may hurt their chances. Josh Carroll and Keith Poopor continue to hit above .400. Poopor had a key, base-loaded hit against Eastern Conn. that scored the game-winning runs. Adam Rankin hit a home run against Eastern Conn. and Ben Cherington knocked one out against Fitchburg State.

4/15 The men's baseball team is 13-5 and ranked in New England's top 3. The weekly poll hasn't come out yet, but the Jeffs, who were ranked at No. 4 last week, should move up at least one spot because number 2 Southern Maine was swept in double-header. On Saturday, the Jeffs defeated Sufflok University, 14-0. As one can imagine, it wasn't a very close game. Today, they trake on Brandeis College. This is a big game for Amherst, as Brandeis is another team in New England's top 3.

4/3/96 The men's baseball team is 9-5. On Sunday, the Jeffs swept a double-header from Middlebury College, winning the two games 11-0 and 14-1. In the first game, pitcher Brock Safranoff threw a no-hitter into the seventh and final inning before allowing a base hit. Safranoff finished with a one-hit shutout. Senior Co-Captain Keith Poopor had a great day. He went 7 for 7 with a double, 2 triples, 6 RBI and 5 runs scored. On Monday, the Jeffs lost to A.I.C. of Springfield. Amherst allowed three unearned runs and couldn't put together a rally until the late innings and lost the game, 7-4.

Freshman pitcher Graham Callaghan is 4-0 on the year, and sophomore DH Josh Carroll is batting .489. Junior Mike Brendler is hitting .421 and Poopor is batting .430. Amherst plays again today at home against WNEC and they travel to Trinity on Saturday for a double-header.

3/25/96 The men's baseball team returned from Florida with a 7-4 record. Statistics have not yet been compiled, but here are the results from the games playerd: 3/16 vs. Baldwin-Wallace (OH) W, 8-3; 3/17 vs. Western Conn. w, 16-8; 3/18 vs. U. of St Thomas (MN) L, 3-0; 3/19 vs. Skidmore W, 6-1; 3/19 vs. Baldwin-Wallace W, 9-2; 3/20 vs. St. Thomas l, 14-5; 3/21 vs. St. Lawrence L, 4-3; 3/21 vs. Alleghany (PA) W, 6-5; 3/22 vs. U. of Southern Maine L, 10-3; 3/23 vs. Wisconsin White Water W, 6-2, W, 14-11.

Amherst plays again this Sunday, 3/31, when they host Middlebury for a double-header. The first game starts at noon.


Softball
5/6 The women's softball team finished the season at 15-13-1. In only their second varsity season, the women have had winning records in both years. Over the weekend, the jeffs lost to Williams College by a score of 8-2. The second game of the double-header was rained out.

4/22 The softball team is currently 10-8-1. In the ast week, the Jeffs defeated Coast Guard, 6-3. It was only the second loss of the year for Coast Guard, who entered the game with a 17-1 record. On Friday, the Jeffs lost to Tufts, 5-3, and on Saturday, they swept a double-header at Western New England College (scored not availible). Sam Ince went 3-4 against Coast Guard, but her batting average dropped below .500 over the weekend.

4/15 The women's softball team is 7-7-1. Two weekends ago, they split a double-header against Trinity, winning the first game 3-0 but losing the second, 5-4. The team was scheduled to play three games last week, but all were rained out a rescheduled for later in the season. Today, they take on Coast Guard. Wednesday they will play St. Joseph's and Friday, the travel to Tufts.

4/3 The women's softball team is 6-6-1. On Saturday, the Jeffs swept a double-header at Wesleyan, 18-6 and 13-9. Junior co-Captain Sam Ince had a great weekend. She went 7 for 9 with a home run, 7 runs scored and 9 RBI. For the second consecutive week, Ince was named NESCAC women's softball Player of the Week. She is currently batting .511.

On Monday, Amherst lost to Nichos College by a score of 6-3. Amherst plays again at Trinity on Saturday. The double-header will begin at noon.

3/25 The women's softball team returned from Ft. Myers with a 4-5-1 record. Stats have yet to be compiled but we do know that Samantha Ince hit .470 in ten games with 2 home runs, 13 rbi, 3 3b, 2 2b, 5 sb. Against Hamilton, she went 3-4 with a HR and 6 RBI.

Here are the results from the 10 games: 3/16 vs. Coast Guard L, 9-3; 3/17 vs. Endicott College T, 6-6; 3/17 vs. Tufts L, 7-5; 3/18 vs. Williams L, 14-0; 3/19 vs. Wisconsin Superior L, 9-3; 3/19 vs. Tufts W, 5-3; 3/21 vs. Smith W, 12-3; 3/21 vs. Hamilton W, 14-4; 3/22 vs. Macalester L, 13-5; 3/22 vs. Aurora W, 3-2.

Amherst plays again on Saturday, 3/30 at Wesleyan. On Monday, 4/1, they host Nichols College at 4:00.


Men's Lacrosse
5/13 The men's lacrosse team reached the finals of the ECAC New England Division III Tournament, held this past weekend. The Lord Jeffs lost in the tournament finals on Sunday to Connecticut College by a score of 7-6. Amherst finished the year with a 10-5 record, their best mark since the 12-1 ECAC-Championship team of 1988. In the ECAC Tournament, the Jeffs defeated Trinity College, 8-5, in the quarterfinal and Williams College, 10-9 (overtime), in the semi-finals. The win over Williams was particularly sweet; Amherst tied the game with just 7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and then won it 35 seconds into the overtime period. It was Amherst's first win over Williams since 1988. In the finals, the Jeffs succumbed to Connecticut College, 7-6. Amherst rallied from a 7-3 deficit early in the fourth quarter but was unable to connect on a last-second, game-tying attempt. Senior goalie Elliott DeLoach (Glastonbury, CT) was outstanding in the tournament. In three games, he saved 63 shots and allowed only 19 goals-- a remarkable 76.8 save-percentage. For the year, DeLoach compiled a 74.9 save percentage and a 5.99 goals-against average. Both numbers are among the nationUs top four in their respective statistical categories.

5/6 The men's lacrosse team finished the regular season with a 8-4 record and has earned a bid to the ECAC Tournament. Amherst, the #4 seed, will host #5 Trinity on Wednesday at 4:00. The winner will travel to Williamstown to face the Ephmen on Friday.

Over the weekend, the Jeffs lost to Williams in a fantastic game, 5-4. Amherst held a 2-1 halftime lead on two goals by freshman Jon Laufer, but the Ephs quickly tied the score in the second half. The two teams traded goals until Williams scored to make it 4-3 with just over two minutes to play. With only 56 seconds remaining in the game, Payson Bullard scored to tie the game at 4 and send it to overtime. In overtime, Williams gained possession and scored after only 22 seconds had elapsed on the game-clock. Senior goalie Elliott DeLoach had 22 saves. On Wednesday, the Jeffs faced the Golden Bears of Western New England College and pounded them by a score of 20-5.

4/22 The men's lacrosse team won two games this week, giving them a 7-1 record. On Thursday, they defeated Trinity College, 8-4. Nick Burling and Chris Gargiulo led Amherst in that game with two goals apiece. On Saturday, Amherst defeated Little Three rival Wesleyan, 10-9 in overtime. Amherst led 9-4 at one point, but the Cardinals stormed back and tied the game at nine with just under one minute to play. In overtime, Chris Gargiulo scored the game-winner at 2:03. Andy Nevaiser had three goals against Wesleyan.

4/15 The men's lacrosse team is 5-1 after Saturday's 13-2 loss to Middlebury. Middlebury is ranked No. 4 in the nation, and apparently, they deserve the lofty status. Amherst play at home on Wednesday, when they host the Bantams of Trinity College.

4/3 The men's lacrosse team is 3-0 and plays at home today against Skidmore and Saturday against Colby. Last week, the Jeffs defeated NESCAC rivals Tufts (7-3) and Bates (10-5).

3/25 the men's lacrosse should have their own home page, but I will update the scores of their games here as well. On 3/19, Amherst defeated St. Lawrence, 17-11.


Women's Lacrosse
5/13 The Amherst College women's lacrosse team fared well at last weekend's NCAA Women's Lacrosse Division III Tournament. Matched up against Trenton State, the number one team in the nation for the past five years, Amherst played a tough game but lost by a final score of 20-9. Amherst held a 2-1 lead at one point, marking only the second time all season that Trenton State was not leading in a game. Later in the game, Amherst rallied and cut the score to 13-9, but the powerful Trenton State squad gathered itself and scored seven unanswered goals. Junior Kate Sullivan (Exeter, NH) scored three goals in the game, and finished the year with 23 goals and 9 assists. Greta Green (Columbus, OH) finished an outstanding athletic career at Amherst with one goal. Green, the Jeffs all-time leading scorer, finished her career with 113 goals and 73 assists (186 points). Junior Molly Auth (Long Meadow, MA) played well in the NCAA game, grabbing 16 saves. Amherst finished the year with a 9-5 record, the team's best record in its 20 year history at Amherst.

5/6 The women's lacrosse team has made the NCAA Tournament! After finishing the year with a 9-4 record and ranked number 4 in the New England region, the Jeffs were picked as the #8 seed in the national tournament. They will play Trenton State College on Saturday, May 11 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Trenton State is the #1 seed and has not lost a game since April of 1991.

On Saturday, the Jeffs lost to a tough Williams squad, 12-7. Heather Kestner scored 3 goals and Kate Sullivan added two more. Senior Greta Green, who last week was named NESCAC Player of the Week in Women's Lacrosse, had one assist. She leads the team with 34 goals and 9 assists (43 points).

4/22 The women's lacrosse team split a pair of games, making their record 6-3 on the year. On Thursday, they lost to Tufts in a very tight game, 7-6, and on Saturday, they pounded Wesleyan, 14-1. Heidi Cline had 4 goals and an assist against Wesleyan, and Kate Sullivan had 3 goals and an assist against Tufts.

4/15 The women's lacrosse team is 5-2. After a 4-0 start, Amherst lost to Connecticut College in a close game, 10-9. They then defeated Smith College, 10-4, and then lost to Middlebury, 20-12. Against Middlebury, sophomore Heather Kestner scored 5 goals. Senior Tri-Captain Greta Green leads the team with 21 goals. Green has 99 career goals, and it is likely that she will become the first women's lacrosse player at Amherst to reach the century mark in goals very soon. Amherst hosts Tufts on Wednesday.

4/3 The women's lacrosse team is 4-0 and off to their best start in school history. Yesterday, the Jeffs defeated Springfield College under the lights by a score of 12-6. Last Thursday, Amherst chrushed Wheaton College, 14-1.

Senior Tri-Captain Greta Green has 13 goals in 4 games for the Jeffs, and sophomore Heidi Cline had 9 goals and 6 assists. Junior goalie Molly Auth has saved 64 percent of the shots she has faced.

3/25 The women's lacrosse team returned from spring break at 2-0, having won two big games. On 3/19 the Jeffs defeated perenial power Bowdoin College, 9-3. Samantha Rein and Heidi Cline both had three goals in that game. On Friday, the Jeffs defeated Goucher College, 14-13. Goucher had had a 17-game winning streak, which the Jeffs ended. Heather Kestner scored one of her four goals of the game with only 2 minutes remaining to break a 13-13 tie and give Amherst the win. Amherst plays again at home on Thursday against Wheaton College at 4:00.


Men's Tennis
5/20 At the NCAA Tournament in Atlanta, GA, the men's tennis team fared well. Amherst lost their first match (quarterfinal round) to Gustavus Adolhpus, 5-2, putting the Jeffs in the back draw for the next two rounds. In the second round, Amherst lost to Trinity University of Texas, 5-2. In the consolation round for 7th place, Amherst defeated Binghamton University, 5-2. With that win, the Jeffs finish the year ranked #7 in the nation.

5/13 The men's tennis team finished atop the NCAA East Regional Tournament, held this past weekend at Binghamton University, and will advance to the NCAA Finals in Atlanta, Georgia. The top two teams from the four regions advance to the eight-team NCAA Finals, held on May 17-19 at Emory University in Atlanta. Amherst entered the NCAA East Regional seeded number two. The Lord Jeffs defddddd Trenton State College, 4-1, and then Swarthmore College, 4-3 to advance to the NCAA Finals. The other East Regional team to advance to the NCAA Finals is Binghamton, which at number-four upset number-one Williams College, 4-2.

5/7 The men's tennis team is off to Binghamton, NY, for the NCAA regionals. They are the #2 seed in the regional tournament. The top two finishers in each region go on to Atlanta to compete in the NCAA Team Championships. I'll post results when I get them.

4/22 The men's tennis team is now 12-2. In the last week, the Jeffs defeated Coast Guard and Brandeis, but on Saturday, they lost to Williams College by a score of 4-3.

4/15 The men's tennis team is 10-1. Recently the Jeffs have defeated Trinity (5-2), Tufts (7-0), Conn. College (7-0) and Middlebury (7-0). Over the weekend, they defeated Bowdoin (score N.A.), but their Little Three match-up against Wesleyan was postponed due to rain.

4/3 The men's tennis team is 5-1 on the year. Last week, the Jeffs lost to Boston College by a score of 4-3. Coach Robson was relatively pleased with his team's performance, considering that B.C.'s athletes are on scholarship. Over the weekend, Amherst defeated Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges by scores of 7-0. Amherst will host Connecticut College on Saturday.

3/25 The men's tennis team returned from break with a 3-0 record, but I don't know their results yet. I will post them when I get them.


Women's Tennis
5/13 The women's tennis team made a successful run at the NCAA Women's Tennis Division III Tournament, held last week in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Jeffs entered the tournament as the number six seed, and promptly defeated Gustavus Adolphus College in the first round, 5-2. In the second round, Amherst lost to number-three seed Emory by a match score of 5-3. On Sunday, the Jeffs played in the back dra\nd defeated number-five UC San Diego, 5-3. Because #6 Amherst defeated #5 UC San Diego in the back draw, they will likely move up one notch in the national polls, and finish the year ranked at the number five spot.

5/6 The women's tennis team left this afternoon for the NCAA Team Champinships in Kalamazoo, Mich. After the team championships, freshman Pam Diamond will compete in the Individual National Tournament.

4/22 The women's tennis team is 7-1 so far this spring and 16-1 for the year. In the past week, the Jeffs defeated UMass and Trenton State. Against Trenton State, everyone but the #1 singles and doubles won, making for a 7-2 victory.

4/3 The women's tennis team defeated Brandeis on Saturday, 6-1, giving them a 5-1 spring record. They host UConn today.

3/25 Women's tennins is 4-1 so far. They lost to Washington & Lee College, a match that they considered to be pretty important. I will post the scores of the other matches when I get them.


Men's Track and Field
5/20 At the Men's N.E. Open at Tufts University held last weekend, Robert Mitchell came in third place in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:51.55. That time is a new school record and it automatically qualifies him for this weekend's NCAA Division III Tournament. in the 10,000 meter run, Donald Baril and Thane Hancock came in 3rd and 4th place with times of 32:19.52 and 32:31.57, respectively. As a team, the Jeffs came in 18th place with 12 points.

The women's also fared well, finishing in 15th place with 12 team points. Amanda Weiss automaticall qualified for the NCAA Tournament and set a school record in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:07.99. Kate Rob came in fourth place in the heptathalon with 3801 points, also a school record. Rachel Halloway finished in 5th place in the 400 meter dash with a 58.26. Her time provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Tournament.

5/6 Amherst hosted the 1996 NESCAC Track and Field Championships a weekend ago. The men finished in 7th place with 56.5 points. Mario Watts qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.42. Rob Mitchell was named Male Meet MVP. Mitchell won the 1500 meter race with a time of 3:55.83, setting the freshman record at Amherst and defeating five All-Americans in the process.

The women had an outstanding day of running, finishing in 4th place with 81 points. Amanda Weiss qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 3000 meter race with a 10:19.62. Rachel Holloway won the 400 meter sprint as well.

4/22 Amherst hosted the 1996 Little Three Track & Field Championships over the weekend. The men cam in second place, behind Williams. The final score was Williams 184, Amherst 116, Wesleyan 75. It was the first time in a while that Amherst scored 100 points in this meet.

The following is a list of Amherst winners and their times: Mario Watts won the 400 meter hurdles and 400 meter dash with times of 54.11 and 47.71, respectively. The 47.71 is a Little Three meet record. Robert Mitchell won the 1500 meter run with a 4:04.04. Andrew Youdin won the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a 10:07.16. Stefan Carpenter won the pole vault at a heigth of 14 feet even.

4/15 The men and women will host the 1996 Little Three Championships next weekend and the 1996 NESCAC Championships the following weekend.


Women's Track and Field
5/6 Here are the results from the women's Division III Championships at Colby held last weekend. This is a New England Div. III Tournament. Rachael Holloway set a school record in the 100 meter dash with a 12.70. She ran a 25.57 in the 200 meter dash as well. Both times were good for tird place, and both qualify her for the NCAA Championships. Amanda Weiss also met the NCAA qualifying time in the 5,000 meter run (17:57.86). The 4x100 team finished in 4th place with a 50.27, and the 4x400 team finished in 6th place with a 4:04.94.

5/1 The results of the women's Little Three Track & field Championships are as follows. Amherst came in third place with 94 points. Wesleyan came in second with 125 points, and Williams came in first with 152 points. Here is a list of the Amehrst winners and their times: Jennifer Almiron won the 400 meter dash with a 1:00.06. Nelltje Berens won the shotput with a 35'08.75. Rachel Holloway came in second place in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints, with times of 12.74 and 26.07, respectively.


Men's Golf
4/22 Amherst finished in second place at the 22nd Annual Lou Flumere Mass. Intercollegiate Golf Championships. Salam State finished in first place with a score of 331, while Amherst finished in second with a 332. Ryan Szczepanik led Amherst with a 81, while Erik Hardenbergh (82) and Dave Fiorentino (83) were not far behind.

3/25 The men's golf team spent a week in Florida practicing and getting ready for New England Tournaments. They lost their only duel match of the week-- a match-play contest versus golf power Emory University.


Women's Golf
4-15 Results from the Wellesley Invitational are in. As a team, Amherst finished in 8th place with a two-day total of 385-384 (769). No Amherst golfers finished in the top 20.