AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Amherst College earned a No. 5 seed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship with a 10-4 record at the conclusion of the regular season. This is the third straight year that the Jeffs have advanced to post-season play as Amherst sandwiched its first NCAA Tournament in 1996 between a pair of ECAC berths.
Amherst jumped out to its best start in the program's 22-year history with a seven-game win streak to kick off the 1997 campaign. Despite a 1-0 loss in the final eight seconds of play to Little III foe Williams, Amherst rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to Wesleyan toward a 3-2 overtime win to force a three-way tie for the coveted Little III title. The Jeffs are coming off a 4-1 victory at Colby in their regular season finale.
Pacing the Jeffs have been sophomore forward Tyra Gettleman (Orono, ME) and rookie Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH). The pair have combined for 17 of the team's record-breaking 37 goals this season. Amherst's previous best had been 35 tallies, set in both the 1984 and 1985 seasons. The Jeffs have outshot their opponents 372-141 so far this season as they have also earned over twice as many penalty corners.
The Jeffs kick off the post-season at fourth-seeded Keene State (12-6) on Wednesday, November 5th. The winner of this game advances to the semifinal game on Saturday, and the Championship will follow on Sunday on the campus of a participating institution.
1997 ECAC Field Hockey ChampionshipWednesday, November 5: First Round Games No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Keene State No. 6 Wesleyan at No. 3 Tufts No. 7 Wellesley at No. 2 Middlebury No. 8 Southern Maine at No. 1 Plymouth State Saturday, November 8: Semifinal games Sunday, November 9: Championship game # # # 11/3/97