Amherst College Fall Sports Wrap-Up

Issue 1 for athletic events from September 11 - 14, 1997

 Football Gears Up for Season Opener at Hamilton

Lord Jeff football is ready for another shot a perfect season after last year's disappointing 7-1 mark. Returning an experienced squad, Amherst gears up for its season opener at Hamilton this Saturday. While the Jeffs have big shoes to fill for the graduation of All-ECAC center David Shapiro and NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year Alex Bernstein, among 14 other seniors, four All-NESCAC players and four All-ECAC competitors, Amherst enters the 1997 campaign with confidence and the work ethic to see each game to its final buzzer.

"We're ready for this [Hamilton] game to be here," anticpiated Head Coach E.J. Mills. "Pre-season, especially with a veteran squad, can be tedious. We can preach game-situations, but the kids know it's just a scrimmage. Now, it's showtime, and we will be ready to go."

Game Notes: Amherst (0-0) at Hamilton (0-0)
September 20, 1997 at Steuben Field, Clinton, NY

 Men's Soccer Jumps Out to 2-0 Showing

Under the renewed direction of Head Coach Peter Gooding, Amherst men's soccer has two wins under their cleats and are on the verge of cracking the New England top-10 rankings. Receiving votes after defeating UMass-Dartmouth in their season opener, the Jeffs posted a 3-0 blanking of St. Thomas of Minnesota, then ranked No. 10 in the West/North Central region.

Amherst kicked off the season with a 2-1 victory over the Corsairs. Senior co-captain Tim Christian (Agawam, MA) scored the Jeffs' opening goal with a header off a corner kick before UMass-Dartmouth evened the score just 19 seconds before the halftime whistle. But a breakaway by Matt Diggs (Seattle, WA) set up sophomore Andy Kay (North Easton, MA) for the game-winner off a one-on-one with the sweeper.

The Jeffs followed up the next day with payback for a 2-0 loss in St. Paul, Minnesota last year. Diggs sent a header into the net off a Devin Talbott (Washington, DC) feed just 1:51 into the contest, and Kay would follow up with an insurance goal 15 minutes later off a Mike Grant (Mendon, MA) cross. Christian closed out Amherst scoring with one of his classic headers in the second half on a Brian Angelini (Granada Hills, CA) corner kick.

No.	Name				G	A	P
4	Timothy Christian '98		2	0	4
11	Andrew Kay '00			2	0	4
7	Matthew Diggs '99		1	1	3
5 	Brian Angelini '00E		0	2	2
9	Devin Talbott '98		0	1	1
12	Mike Grant '99			0	1	1
Amherst Totals				5	5	15
Opponent Totals				1	1	3

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Kevin Larner '99	2	0	0	180	6	1	.857	0.50	1
Opponent Totals		0	2	2	180	11	5	.688	2.50	0

Current Record: 2-0
Last Week: 	UMass Dartmouth, W 2-1
		St. Thomas, W 3-0
This Week:	Tue Sept 16 at Brandeis
		Sat Sept 20 at Connecticut College

 Women's Soccer Kicks off Season with No. 4 National Ranking

Coming off its finest season ever, Amherst women's soccer is hoping to improve upon its 12-2-3 record in 1996 that concluded in the Final Four of the NCAA Championship. The Jeffs finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation but, idle until this past Saturday, fell as far as No. 6 in the NSCAA/Umbro poll last week. With a 1-0 record to date, Amherst has claimed the No. 4 spot in the nation as they maintain as the top-team in the Metro Region.

All-New England fullback Ellie Hickerson (Davenport, IA) catalyzed the offense against Trinity as the defender tallied two assists and set up the third goal. Taking advantage of 10 corner kicks, the Jeffs capitalized on two opportunities with headers by Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) and Laura Kochansky (Newton, MA). Katie Connelly (East Granby, CT) netted her first goal of the season off an Erika Johnson (Newton, MA) feed as the Jeffs outshot the Bantams 29-11. Senior Beth Leonard (Longmeadow, MA) led the team with 7 shots on goal after a one-year hiatus from soccer.

No.	Name				G	A	P
8/1	Katherine Connelly '00		1	0	2
14	Ellie Hickerson '98		0	2	2
15	Kathryn Hersey '99		1	0	2
18	Erika Johnson '98		0	1	1
27	Laura Kochansky '98		1	0	2
Amherst Totals				3	3	9
Opponent Totals				0	0	0

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Sarah Fabian '98	1	0	0	90	7	0	.---	0.00	1
Opponent Totals		0	1	0	90	13	3	.813	3.00	0

Current Record: 1-0
Last Week: 	Trinity, W 3-0
This Week:	Wed Sept 17 at Smith
		Sat Sept 20 at Connecticut College

 Field Hockey Tallies Nine Goals to Jump Start Season

It took them five games to reach the nine-goal mark last season, but Amherst field hockey is on an offensive tear in 1997. Sophomore Tyra Gettleman (Orono, ME) leads the team with four goals, one behind the NESCAC leader. The return of Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) also adds another potent force in an already formidible offense.

The Jeffs opened the season with a 6-0 drubbing of Pioneer Valley rival Mount Holyoke. Gettleman tallied three goals against the Lyons, while rookie Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) posted a goal and an assist in her collegiate debut. Both contributed a goal against WPI, along with Risa Ravitz (Toms River, NJ).

Goalie Jes Rich (Stillwater, NY) has reclaimed her spot on the top of the NESCAC rankings as the junior pushes her career total to 16 shutouts. And while Rich has fought off three penalty corners through Saturday, opponsing keepers have faced 34 off Amherst sticks.

No.	Name				G	A	P
2	Tyra Gettleman '00		4	0	8
3	Gretchen Bowe '01		2	1	5
12	Sandy Accordino '99		1	0	2
20	Kristen Osborn '01		1	0	2
25	Risa Ravitz '00			1	0	2
24	Heather Kestner '98		0	2	2
4	Irene Permut '99		0	1	1
22	Marnie Huffman-Green '99	0	1	1
Amherst Totals				9	5	23
Opponent Totals				0	0	0

Goalkeeping	W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
Jes Rich '99	2	0	0	140	4	0	.---	0.00	2
Amherst Totals	2	0	0	140	4	0	.000	0.00	2
Opponent Totals	0	2	0	140	27	9	.750	4.50	0

Current Record: 2-0
Last Week:	at Mount Holyoke, W 6-0
		at WPI, W 3-0
This Week:	Tue Sept 16 Clark
		Sat Sept 20 at Connecticut College

 Women's Volleyball 5-1 for Season

Amherst volleyball has been fierce at the net as the Firedogs post s 5-1 record so far this season. They opened their 1997 campaign with a 3-0 stroll over Keene State, whom Amherst disposed of 15-0, 15-2, 15-2 in less than 40 minutes. The Firedogs claimed four more 3-0 sweeps at the Williams Invitational, though they fell just short in a 3-2 loss to Middlebury.

Current Record: 5-1
Last Week:	Keene State, W 3-0
		at Williams Invitational
		    UNew England, W 3-0
		    Colby, W 3-0
		    Middlebury, L 2-3
		    Mount Holyoke, W 3-0
		    Rhode Island College, W 3-0
This Week:	Sat Sept 20 at Williams Quad

 Women's Tennis Blanks Trinity

Amherst breezed to a 9-0 win at Trinity as the Jeffs enter the season as the No. 7 ranked team in the nation. Pam Diamond (Trumbull, CT), Neely Steinberg (Concord, MA), Jamie Cohen (Rye, NY) and Sally Childs (Rye, NY) wound up their matches with 6-0 victories in the second set, as Sam Toerge (Potomac, MD) and Patti Jo (Greensburg, PA) emerged with three-set wins.

Current Record: 1-0
Last Week: 	at Trinity, W 9-0
This Week:	Wed Sept 17 at UMass
		Sat Sept 20 at Skidmore

 Cross Country Hosts Amherst Invitational

A contingent of 16 women and 12 men led the Jeffs in their season opening Amherst Invitational. With four women placing in the top-20, Amherst earned 4th place as a team in the 5K race before the men captured 2nd place in the 8K. Junior Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) glided into the winner's chute 8 seconds before his nearest competitor as the captain set a new course best of 25:56, the first sub-26 minute time clocked at Amherst. Placing 4th individually, Dan Chandler (Selkirk, NY) rounded out the four men crossing the finish under the old course record.

Women's Finishes - 4th place (5K)	Men's Finishes - 2nd place (8K)
11. 	Kelly Jennings		20:07		1.	Rob Mitchell		25:56
14.	Megan Duncan-Smith	20:29		4.	Dan Chandler		26:16
16	Dinelle Pineda		20:29		8.	Jon Prokup		26:45
18. 	Courtney Jennings	20:41		23.	Chris Thunen		27:59
27.	Rebecca O'Dunne		21:04		24.	Brian Larivee		28:02
32.	Arianne Sperry		21:08		33.	Aaron Beim		28:35
43.	Hannah Gersen		21:32		35.	Erick Hung		28:36
27.	Rachael Holloway	21:41		38.	Mike Lovenheim		28:52
51. 	Susie Ng		21:54		43.	Rafe Jones		29:04
55.	Gena Hatcher		22:07		64.	Mike Hite		30:05
56.	Lisa Levy		22:12		70.	Brian Gillis		30:29
60.	Lisa Yurwit		22:27		84.	Matt Logalbo		21:23
63.	Andrea Goldstein	22:32
79.	Emilie Eliason		23:15
96.	Kelly Milton		24:16
101.	Jean Hackett		24:36
Last Week: Amherst Invitational: Women 4th place, Men 2nd place
This Week:
Sat Sept 20 at Williams Invitational

 Golf Opens Successful Seasons

Men's and women's golf began the season on an optimistic note as the men claimed 7th place in the 23-team Duke Nelson Tournament and the women played well as individuals in their Fall Opener. The men are coming off their first trip to the NCAA Tournament last spring, where they finished 20th in the nation. Team captain Cyd Stevens (Lee's Summit, MO) again leads the women after her return from NCAA Individual competition. Stevens won the Fall Opener by shooting a 75 for the course.

Last Week:	Men: Duke Nelson Tournament - 7th place
		Women: Fall Opener (no team scores kept)
This Week:	Men: Tue Sept 16 at Skidmore
		     Sat-Sun Sept 20-21 at Williams Invitational
		Women: Sat-Sun Sept 20-21 at Dartmouth
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