Amherst College Weekly Fall Sports Wrap-Up Issue 5 for athletic events from October 13 - October 19, 1996

 Football Takes First Little III Matchup

The kickoff of Little III play was not a pretty one. Playing down-in-the-dirt football at WesleyanUs Homecoming, the Jeffs battled both the fans and the weather in near-hurricane conditions. More importantly, they battled against their first deficit of the season after a string of weather-induced defensive errors allowed Wesleyan to take the lead. But a good team will find a way to win, as Amherst mounted a three-touchdown comeback toward an 18-13 win.

The Cardinals were punting their first drive away when Amherst fumbled a slippery pigskin at midfield. Regaining possession, Wesleyan headed for the endzone on a shovel pass to sophomore running back John Pascucci. Though Ray Byrnes T97 (Yonkers, NY) blocked the extra point attempt, the Jeffs were still behind, 6-0.

Until halfway through the second quarter when quarterback Rich Willard T98 (Johnstown, NY) snuck two touchdowns past a well-blocked Wesleyan o-line before halftime. Rolling left, Willard ran for 10-yards into the endzone to turn around the tempo. Seconds later, Wesleyan fumbled a handoff that was recovered by Tri-Captain John Walsh T97 (Wellesley, MA) to regain Jeff possession.

Bob DiSabato T99 (Westwood, MA) broke free of the defense for 19-yards to set up the go-ahead goal for the Jeffs. With WillardUs second TD of the day, the Jeffs turned on the pressure. The third quarterback sack of the season by Devin Moriarty T98 (Westwood, MA) back-to-back with an interception by Seth Zimmerman T98 (Lewistown, PA) closed out the first half with the Jeffs pumped up by their 12-6 lead. Zimmerman led the team with ten Cardinals tackled, including six solo hits.

With the slippery conditions, Amherst continued to keep the ball on the ground, especially through two determined attempts for a two-point conversion. Banging away at the Cardinals all afternoon, DiSabato carried 25 times for a career best 129-yards to lead the Amherst offense while Tri-Captain Josh Mason T97 (Greenfield, MA) came back to start the game despite a concern for his still-injured ankle. But Mason showed no fear against the team that broke his leg last year. While he was stopped at the goal line by another wet Amherst fumble, Mason combined with DiSabato for a 73-yard drive in a six-minute possession to open up the third quarter. Mason finally found the endzone on a 6-yard run to put the Jeffs up 18-6 with his first TD of the year.

But Wesleyan would not relent. On their next possession, the Cardinals retaliated with another six-minute possession, going the other direction for a quarterback rush of their own. A successful conversion made the game a precarious 18-13 in the third quarter.

The Jeffs handed off to Mason and DiSabato again, hoping that the duo could post a security touchdown in the fourth quarter. But a fourth down passed just inches too soon and turned the ball over to the Cardinals. Heading for midfield, WesleyanUs 20th pass attempt was intercepted by cornerback Peter Reidenbach T97 (Orinda, CA), who broke past Dave Reidenbach, PeterUs fraternal counterpart on the Wesleyan o-line. Simply running out the final minute of play, Amherst pushed their record to 5-0 for the first time in ten years.

Amherst sits atop the NESCAC statistic boards for yet another week as the league-leader in points allowed, offensive yards and yards allowed. Thanks to banner years by Willard and DiSabato, the No. 4 team in New England has netted 2,077 yards while a hard-nosed defense has stifled opponentsU running and passing games to 802 yards. Last weekendUs 13 points by Wesleyan was a season high against the Jeffs who have blanked two of their first five opponents.

Saturday, October 19, 1996 at Andrus Field, Middletown, Connecticut
Amherst (5-0) 0 12 6 0 Q 18
Wesleyan (3-2) 6 0 7 0 Q 13

First Quarter
9:46 W John Pascucci 7 pass from Jake Fay (Rob Stager kick blocked)
Second Quarter
5:16 A Rich Willard 10 run (David Bobruff kick wide)
2:29 A Rich Willard 5 run (Bob DiSabato run failed)
Third Quarter
9:08 A Josh Mason 6 run (Mason run failed)
3:06 W Jake Fay 15 run (Stager kick)
Fourth Quarter
No scoring by either team.
Attendance: 1,250
Amherst Wesleyan
First Downs 17 9
Rushes-yards 65-282 32-88
Passing yards 93 81
Att-Comp-Int 10-7-0 21-12-2
Sacked-yards lost 2-8 2-13
Punts-yards 4-144 6-203
Fumbles-yards 2-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 9-73 6-55
Time of possession 36:48 23:12
Individual Statistics Rushing: A Bob DiSabato 25-129, Josh Mason 18-67, Jeff Coviello 4-32, Rich Willard 12-14, Josh Carroll 5-12, Chris Miller 1- -10.
W John Pascucci 14-57, Tom Themistocles 11-10, Jake Fay 7-10.
Passing: A Rich Willard 10-7-0 93 yards.
W Jake Fay 19-11-2 57 yards, Rob Stager 1-1-0 24 yards.
Receiving: A Matt Murray 4-74, Chris Miller 3-19.
W John Pascucci 7-67, Mike Hakim 1-8, Nate Moore 1-6, Tom Themistocles 2-0.

Game Notes: Tufts (1-4) at Amherst (5-0)
October 26, 1996 at Pratt Field, Amherst, Massachusetts

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 Men's Soccer Tops Second-Ranked Wheaton

The Jeffs had just come home from a grueling weekend in Minnesota. After dropping their first game to Macalester in overtime, Amherst struggled against nationally ranked St. Thomas two days later and a few players short. But returning to their temperate Bay State, the Jeffs pulled out a gutsy 3-1 OT win at Wheaton.
Brian Angelini T00E (Granada Hills, CA) sent a cross to Co-Captain Rejji Hayes T97 (Andover, MA) for the equalizer in the 72nd minute to push the match into overtime. Perhaps stunned by the Amherst comeback, the 14th ranked team in the nation let two goals slide past them in extra time. Co-Captain Stephen Carr T97 (Concord, MA) slotted in his first goal of the season to go up 2-1 halfway through the first period. Matt Diggs T99 (Seattle, WA) capped off game scoring off a full-field breakaway with just seconds left in the contest.
Last year, the Jeffs posted a similar upset, also against a then-No. 2 in New England Wheaton. However, also following the example of T95, the Jeffs fell to Wesleyan in miserably muddy conditions. While the teams looked even on paper with 11 shots each, a Homecoming crowd gave the Cardinals the extra edge to muster a late second half goal.
No. Player GS* Goals Assists Points
2 Benjamin Haley T99 2 0 1 1
4 Timothy Christian T98 8 1 1 3
5 Devin Talbott T98 1 1 0 2
6 Christopher Murphy T97 8 2 1 5
7 Stephen Carr T97 7 2 0 4
9 Rejji Hayes T97 8 3 1 7
11 Mario Watts T97 7 1 1 3
12 Matthew Diggs T99 5 3 1 7
18 Michael Sullivan T98 5 1 0 2
19 Kent Berg T99 0 1 1 3
20 Brian Angelini T99 7 0 2 2
21 Andrew Kay T00 3 0 1 1
Amherst Totals 10 15 10 40
Opponent Totals 10 15 10 40

Goalkeeping GP/GS Shots Vs* Saves* Save %* GA GAA SOs
G Kevin Larner 10/10 105 54 78.3% 15 1.50 3
Opponent Totals 10 126 74 83.1% 15 1.50 2
*Does not include Macalester and St. Thomas games.
Current Record: 4-5-1

 Women's Soccer Claims a Piece of Little III

With a comeback win over Wesleyan, womenUs soccer nabbed a tie with Williams for the 1996 Little III title. Katie Hersey T99 (Westford, MA) scored her fifth goal of the season to even up the match at a goal a piece, and Shaunette Richards T98 (Mays Landing, NJ) slipped the game-winner past a muddy keeper with eight minutes left to play. Both Wesleyan and Amherst goals occurred within a nine minute stretch at the end of match.
The Richards-Hersey combo had some practice earlier in the week in a 1-0 blanking of Wheaton. Richards charged the box in the 28th minute for the lone goal of the game, her fourth of the year. Keeper Sarah Fabian T98 (Dalton, MA) still sits atop league rankings with her 93.2 save percentage.
As the spark in the offensive midfield, Richards was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for her two game-winners.

No. Player GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points
4 Genivieve Furst T00 8/1 5 0 1 1
5 Kathleen Missett T99 11/11 12 0 2 2
6 Lesley Greene T00 11/3 13 0 1 1
8 Katherine Connelly T00 11/0 12 5 0 10
9 Shaunette Richards T98 11/11 25 5 2 12
10 Jennifer Havlik T00 6/2 2 1 0 2
12 Janine Noel T99 11/11 7 2 0 4
14 Eleanor Hickerson T98 11/11 7 0 1 1
15 Kathryn Hersey T99 11/11 31 5 4 14
16 Arianne Sperry T00 4/0 6 1 0 2
18 Erika Johnson T98 10/8 10 1 1 3
19 Kerry Weeks T98 5/0 2 2 0 4
20 Eliza Meade T99 11/11 9 0 1 1
27 Laura Kochansky T98 10/10 11 1 1 3
Amherst Totals 11 162 24 14 62
Opponent Totals 11 77 4 0 8

Goalkeeping GP/GS Saves Save % GA GAA SOs
G Sarah Fabian 11/11 55 93.2% 4 0.36 7
G Carolina Patino 2/0 0 Q.- % 0 0.00 0
Amherst Totals 11 55 93.2% 4 0.36 7
Opponent Totals 11 101 80.8% 24 2.18 2
Current Record: 8-1-2

 Field Hockey on the Verge of Little III Title

Williams had already defeated Wesleyan before Amherst came to Middletown. As long as they didnUt lose to the Cardinals, the Jeffs were guaranteed the Little III title all for themselves. About to face their second overtime situation in the week, Amherst might have pulled out the win, but play was suspended because of dangerous weather conditions. The match is scheduled to be resumed in sudden death on Wednesday.
They had already been tested last week at Clark where the Jeffs were pushed to their first overtime situation all year. Jen Shea T98 (Hatfield, MA) made a diving defensive save against an airborne shot heading toward goal to force the sudden death. Nine minutes into play, Sandy Accordino T99 (Closter, NJ) found her way to the cage to reassert the teamUs goal-hungriness with her sixth goal of the season.
Field conditions were treacherous when play started, as Amherst and Wesleyan drove a total of 29 shots toward the rain-blinded goalies. Amherst had a goal called back as a chip off a defensive stick as the Jeffs picked up momentum throughout the second half of play. Jess Rich T99 (Stillwater, NY) stopped one more shot en route her seventh shutout of the season and lucky 13 for her career.
No. Player GP/GS Shots(in/out) Goals Assists Points
4 Irene Permut T99 10/10 13/18 1 2 4
11 Alie Stechenberg T00 10/6 14/3 3 0 6
12 Sandra Accordino T99 10/10 19/3 6 1 13
14 Tyra Gettleman T00 10/10 34/6 2 2 6
21 Rebecca Levin T99 10/9 12/1 0 1 1
22 Marnie Huffman-Green T99 10/10 34/17 2 4 8
Amherst Totals 10 136/59 14 10 38
Opponent Totals 10 52/32 5 2 12

Goalkeeping GP/GS Saves Save % PC GA GAA SOs
99 Jessica Rich T99 9/9 55 91.7% 63 5 0.56 6
34 Courtney Munch T97 1/1 0 Q.- % 0 0 0.00 1
Amherst Totals 10 55 91.7% 63 5 0.50 7
Opponent Totals 10 69 83.1% 96 14 1.40 1

Current Record: 9-1

 Women's Tennis Seeks out a Perfect Ten

While other sports suffered through the rain at Wesleyan, womenUs tennis enjoyed the Vermont foliage at Middlebury. Posting their ninth win of the season, the Jeffs are looking to take sole possession of first place at this weekendUs New England Championships. Last year, the team tied with Williams for first place.
Against Middlebury, Debbie Cook T00 (Old Lyme, CT) was called upon to fill the shoes of Co-Captain Susanne Santola T97 (Summit, NJ), who was out with injury. Not 100% herself, Cook dropped both her singles and doubles matches in a strong varsity debut against a talented Panther squad. Co-Captain Ting Yu T97 (Pittsburgh, PA) battled through three sets to finally overcome MiddleburyUs best tennis player. Meanwhile, Pam Diamond T99 (Trumbull, CT) and Neely Steinberg T99 (Concord, MA) won individually, as well as collaborating to push their No. 2 double record to a perfect 9-0.

Individual Records Singles Doubles
Pam Diamond T99 6-2 9-0
Laura Keith T99 8-1 7-2
Ting Yu T97 8-1 7-2
Neely Steinberg T99 8-1 9-0
Susanne Santola T97 8-0 7-1
Sam Toerge T99 8-1 8-2
Debbie Cook T00 0-1 0-1 Current Record: 9-0

 Women's Volleyball Wins Three at Home

A week after they had fallen in a close match to Tufts, the No. 4 ranked team in New England, the Jeffs found a way to return the favor in a five-setter en route to a perfect 3-0 showing at the Amherst Quad Tourney. Amherst handily defeated Trinity in three sets, and got the upper hand on their first meeting with Bates.
Kristin Edgar T99 (Colorado Springs, CO) was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for registering 37 kills and 14 blocks on the weekend. Two of the three BUs, Co-Captain Laura Becvar T97 (El Paso, TX) and Adrienne Beshong T98 (Melrose, MA), combined for 48 kills and 39 blocks. Setters Liz Delsman T98 (Brooklyn, NY) and Beth Cronin T00 (Milton, MA) dished out 67 assists as they average over 12 assists per game.
Current Record: 17-7 Last Week: Amherst Quad Tourney Bates, W 3-0 Tufts, W 3-2 Trinity, W 3-0 This Week: Fri-Sat 10/25-26 @Hall of Fame Tournament

 Cross Country Races at Westfield

Ranked No. 4 in New England, a partial menUs cross country team placed 6th of 17 teams at the First Annual James Earley Invitational Meet held in Westfield, MA. Jonathan Prokup T99 (Allentown, PA) led the eight-man Lord Jeffs with a 6th place finish. The women placed 10th of 16 teams. Lisa Levy T00 (Houston, TX) paved the way for the seven-deep women at 43rd.

Amherst Finishers:
Men Women
6. Jon Prokup T99, 27:02.2 43. Lisa Levy T00, 21:53.1
18. Chris Thunen T99, 27:38.1 53. Linda Liu T00, 22:12.5
22. Mike Morris T00, 28:01.6 64. Julieta Santana T00, 22:50.8
39. Mike Lovenheim T00, 28:36.3 73. Susie Ng T00, 23:16.8
79. Michael Anderson T98, 30:09.9 79. Allison Schwarting T00, 23:55.9
81. Matthew Logalbo T00, 30:11.4 86. Jean Hackett T99, 24:42.0
82. 30:14.5 94. Jennifer Acker T00, 25:47.2
103. Ethan Birchard T99, 31:36.1

This Week: NESCAC at Williams

 Women's Golf Competes at ECACs

Though they fell short of the five needed to garner a team score, Cyd Stevens T98 (LeeUs Summit, MO) and Ashley McCormick T97 (East Greenwich, RI) took 8th and 57th place respectively at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Golf Championships at St. Francis College of Pennsylvania.
5,821 yards, par 72
8. Cyd Stevens 88
57. Ashley McCormick 99

This Week for the MenUs Golf Team: Mon-Tue 10/28-29 New Englands