Amherst College Weekly Winter Sports Wrap-Up Issue 3 for athletic events from January 4 - January 11, 1997

 Men's Basketball Re-Writes Record Books

The Lord Jeffs are coming off a record-breaking week of basketball to push their season record to 7-1. Leading the team was senior Tri-Captain Jamal Wilson (East Orange, NJ), whose phenomenal performances garnered ECAC, NESCAC and Columbus Multimedia Player of the Week honors. For the week, he averaged 28.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.0 steals per game.

In the Jeffs' first game after winter break, Wilson drilled 10-11 shots from the field, including 7-7 from behind the arc. His seven 3-pointers set a school record for most by an individual in a single game, as the team shot 15-27 from long range on the way to posting the most number of points in their 125-47 victory. Entering the locker room with a 44 point halftime lead, the Jeffs dominated early with a 27-1 run in the opening six minutes.

Wilson continued his scoring streak against Westfield State with 19 points and seven steals, as the Jeffs claimed an 89-63 win. Stagnating at 6-6 early in the game, Amherst pulled away with its defensive pressure to spark a 13-0 run. But strong play by the Owl big men claimed Westfield's first and only lead at 25-24 with 3:31 left in the first half. Given that momentary scare, the Jeffs pushed the lead to 10 at the half before maintaining their defensive intensity to force 26 turnovers. Junior forward John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) hit four 3-pointers for the fourth time this season.

The Jeffs played a close first half at Wheaton over the weekend, as they led by only five at the half. Wilson had 24 of his career high 37 in the first before Amherst shot 62.5% in the second half in a 92-65 win. Wilson is now the No. 9 all-time scoring leader with 1,084 points. This extended Amherst's win streak to seven after dropping their first game of the season and makes Amherst the No. 19 team in the nation, No. 3 in the Northeast.

With the victory over Johnson & Wales, Head Coach David Hixon '75 earned his 300th career win. He is the first Amherst basketball coach to hit the 300 mark and is the winningest in school history. In his 20th season, Hixon boasts a career record of 302-167 (64.4%).

No.	Name				GP	ppg	rpg	apg
21	Jamal Wilson '97		 8	22.4	   5.8	   2.0
41	John Pavelski '98		 8	17.1	   6.0	   1.8
  4	Julian Rowand '98		 8	  8.9	   3.5	   2.1
32	Billy Skorupski '98		 8	  6.6	   4.0	   0.5
44	Chris Akers '97		 8	  6.1	   5.9	   1.3
12	Patrick Mulvey '00		 8	  5.8	   1.5	   1.0
24	Chris Ingraham '99		 8	  5.0	   2.6	   0.6<
23	Hugh Quattlebaum '00	 8	  4.1	   2.0	   0.5
40	Charles Field '99		 6	  3.7	   2.0	   0.2
20	Caith Chapman '99		 8	  2.8	   0.4	   2.3
  5	Mark MacLeod '99		 5	  3.4	   0.8 	   2.4
11	George Charles '97		 8	  2.0	   1.3	   3.6
10	Josh Anish '99		 5	  3.2	   1.8	   0.2
30	Chris Smith '00		 7	  1.9	   3.6	   0.3
  3	Peter Denby '00		 3	  2.0	   1.3	   1.0
31	Jackson Collins '00		 3	  1.7	   2.3	   0.3
Amherst Totals			 8	91.3	45.3	18.3
Opponent Totals			 8	66.3	39.9	12.1

Current Record: 7-1 Last Week: Johnson & Wales, W 125-47 Westfield State, W 89-64 at Wheaton, W 92-65 This Week: Mon 1/13 at Salve Regina Sat 1/18 Williams

 Women's Basketball Squeaks by Colby

Entering the new year with a 3-3 record, women's basketball travelled to Maine with the hopes of pulling above .500 for the first time all season. Though rookie sensation Naomi Sullivan '00 (Hudson, MA) was nursing an injury, junior forward Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) returned from studying abroad to add more depth and experience to the squad. In her '97 debut, Rinaldi scored 11 against Colby as one of four players in double figures.

The Jeffs trailed by as much as 14 in the first half and entered the locker room with an eight point deficit. But solid team play and focus won Amherst's fourth game of the season, 69-66. Katie Hersey '99 (Westford, MA) led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds in her first double-double of the season, while Dacia Walker '00 (Leominster, MA) and Janinne Noel '99 (Dalton, MA) contributed 13 and 12 respectively. Hersey earned recognition for the second time this season on the ECAC Honor Roll.


No.	Name				GP	ppg	rpg	apg
15	Katie Hersey '99		6	14.0	  7.7	  1.5
31	Sarah Rinaldi '98		1	11.0	  1.0	  0.0
33	Naomi Sullivan '00		7	10.1	  7.7	  1.6
12	Janinne  Noel '99		7	  7.4	  2.6	  2.0
34	Nora McCartney '98		7	  6.6	  6.0	  0.4
21	Kate Sullivan '97		7	  6.6	  2.7	  2.6
30	Sam Ince '97			7	  4.7	  3.9 	  0.7
14	Dacia Walker '00		7	  3.9	  3.0	  1.7
24	Liza Feldman '00		6	  4.2	  2.0	  0.5
10	Melissa Roja '00		4	  0.8	  0.3	  0.3
32	Molly Auth '97		6	  0.2	  0.2	  0.2
Amherst Totals			7	57.3	40.9	11.0
Opponent Totals			7	59.7	37.0	12.0

Current Record: 4-3 Last Week: at Colby, W 69-66 This Week: Mon 1/13 at Teikyo Post Thu 1/16 Babson Sat 1/18 Williams

 Men's Ice Hockey Has Weekend Sweep

Men's ice hockey pushed their record to 7-4 after winning two close games against Holy Cross and a rematch with Connecticut College. However, in the Western Mass Tourney the weekend before, Amherst split two games, including a 2-4 loss to Williams after defeating the Ephs in their first meeting. Williams took a 4-0 lead into the third period before Tim Kelly '98 (St. Johnsbury, VT) scored twice in four minutes. But the Eph goalie made 15 saves in the final period to preserve the win and split games so far this season.

In the tournament's consolation game, Amherst debuted a new net-minder, Chris Addesa '99 (Andover, MA), a recent transfer from the University of Wisconsin and brother of Mike, Amherst Class of '95. Making 19 saves for the day, Addesa teamed up with Mike Noone '99 (Swampscott, MA) for a 5-4 win over AIC. Noone had two of his four goals of the season against the Yellow Jackets

Back on home ice, Amherst and Holy Cross battled until the final minute in a 5-3 Jeff win. The Crusaders took a one goal lead in the middle of the third period before Matt Rogers '99 (Deephaven, MN) equalized three minutes later. Charlie Blyth '99 (Beaconsfield, Quebec) slotted the go-ahead goal as the Holy Cross coaching staff pondered what they could do, down one with two minutes to play. With 42 seconds left in the game, the Crusaders pulled their goalie to give Co-Captain Matt Sather '97 (Trumbull, CT) an open net for his seventh goal of the season.

It was another nail-biter in the Jeffs' rematch against Connecticut College the following day. The teams had met previously in the championship game of the Charles Luce Tournament in December, with the Camels prevailing 6-5 in overtime. Conn again equalized late in the game to force extra time, but neither team could score early in sudden death. With less than a minute left in overtime, Amherst called a timeout to set up an elaborate dance around the blue-line with a grand finale in the Camel net. Noone's goal handed the Jeffs their seventh win of the season and the team's first weekend sweep.


No.	Name			GP	G	A	P	PIM
22	Charlie Blyth '99	11	7	14	21	20
24	Rob MacDonald '99	11	7	12	19	  8
19	Matt Sather '97	  8	7	  9	16	  0
  9	Mike Noone '98	11	4	12	16	  0
23	Dan Moos '98		11	5	  6	12	  8
  2	Buster Nelson '00	11	3	  6	  9	13
21	Doug Erickson '98	11	2	  7	  9	12
  5	Tim Quinn '00		11	4	  2	  6	14
18	Matt Rogers '99	  7	3	  3	  6	  2
11	Paul Gozzo '98	11	2	  3	  5	  8
  7	Tom Carideo '98	11	2	  1	  3	  6
  8	Tim Kelly '98		11	2	  1	  3	10
  3	John Collura '97	11	1	  1	  2	  4
15	Matt Drawz '99	11	1	  1	  2	  8
20	Bart Molloy '97	11	0	  2	  2	  4
  6	Chris Gargiulo '98	  3	1	  0	  1	  2
17	Andy Jones '00	11	0	  1	  1	  4
10	John Maguire '00	  9	0	  0	  0	  2
12	Dave Hale '97		10	0	  0	  0	12
Amherst Totals		11	51	81	132	137

Goaltending W-L-T Min Sht Sav G GAA Save % Joe Branca '97 5-4-0 545 290 258 32 3.52 88.9% Chris Addesa '99 1-0-0 60 23 19 4 4.00 82.6% Greg Morneau '98 1-0-0 60 10 9 1 1.00 90.0% Amherst Totals 7-4-0 668 324 286 38 3.41 88.2%

Current Record: 7-4 Last Weeks: at Western Mass Tourney Williams, L 2-4 AIC, W 5-4 Holy Cross, W 5-3 Connecticut College, W 3-2 OT This Week: Fri 1/17 UMass/Boston Sat 1/18 Babson

 Women's Ice Hockey

Idle for this week...

Current Record: 1-4
Next Week: Sat 1/18 at Holy Cross

 Swimming and Diving Drowns Trinity

Returning from winter training trips in sunny Florida, both men's and women's swimming and diving posted decisive wins over Trinity, despite making the final three events exhibitions. Kerry Weeks '98 (Longmeadow, MA) broke a Pratt Pool record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:30.18, 0.81 seconds faster than the previous record set in 1992. The All-American now has a piece of eight Amherst women's swimming records.

Meanwhile the men extended their win streak to 18 consecutive meets for a 3-0 record this season. The 200 medley relay team of Co-Captain Jeff Barnes '97 (West Lafayette, IN), Bryan Luke '98 (Honolulu, HI), Andrew Grossman '99 (Chappaqua, NY) and Nathan Johnson '98 (Harwinton, CT) fell just 0.21 seconds shy of breaking the pool record of 1:39.86 set last year.


Current Records:	Men: 3-0
			Women: 2-2
Last Week: 	Trinity: Men W 187-95
			 Women W 174-118
Next Week:	Sat 1/18 at Williams (men and women)

 Squash Serves Up More Wins

Men's and women's squash continues their well established success on both the individual and team levels. No. 1 David McNeely '00 (Newton Square, PA) played in a pro-tournament for the experience and was expected to win, despite his two-match collegiate experience. For the women, Co-Captain Harriet Ells '97 (Brooklyn, NY) and Rachel Nisselson '00 (Brooklyn, NY) received invitations to the Betty Constable Tournament, held for the top women's squash players in the nation. Seeded fourth, Ells posted a 3-1 record and third place finish in the tournament.

Both teams handily defeated Cornell before the women travelled to Maine for three close matches in the Bowdoin Invitational. Without Page Callaghan '99 (Strafford, PA) and Nisselson on the trip, the women defeated both Bates and Colby, but suffered their first loss 6-3 to Bowdoin.


Men's Individual Records			Women's Individual Records
David McNeely '00		2-0			Harriet Ells '97		9-1
Kevin Orphan '99		3-0			Rachel Nisselson '00		3-1
Evan Khan '98		3-0			Page Callaghan '99		2-0
Collin Bell '97			3-0			Justine O'Connor '98		3-1
Hayden Felice '98		2-0			Sheila Reynolds '99		6-0
Stephen Seelbach '99		3-0			Jess Green '97			5-1
David Ford '97		3-0			Jackie Chen '97		4-1
Andrew Snyder '99		3-0			Carrie Goodwin '98		3-1
Chris Herron '98		2-0			Bevin Sell '99			4-2
Jamie Ford '98		1-0			Kim Karetsky '99		6-0
Kunal Rakshit '00		1-0			Melinda Mahaffey '98		4-1
Brad Johnson '98		0-1			Sarah Lipton '98		2-0

Current Records: Men: 3-0 Women: 5-1 Last Week: Cornell: Men W 8-1 Women: W 9-0 Women at Bowdoin Invitational: Bates W 8-1 Bowdoin L 3-6 Colby W 9-0 Next Week: Fri-Sat 1/17-18 Men at West Point Invitational (v. UPenn, Conn College, F&M) Sat 1/18 Women at Williams Invitational

 Fall Footnotes...

Last December football Head Coach Jack Siedlecki accepted the head coaching position at Division I-AA Yale. Defensive Coordinator E.J. Mills has been named the interim head coach for the 1997 season and has hired Donald Faulstick of WPI as Offensive Coordinator and head women's softball coach in the spring....Women's soccer and field hockey have had their head coaches named Regional Coach of the Year by a vote of fellow coaches. Michelle Morgan and Chris Paradis led soccer and field hockey, respectively, to seasons of unprecedented success, culminating in the NCAA tournament....At the conclusion of the fall, 45 student-athletes from nine teams were named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team. They are as follows:

Football
Colin Barnacle
Alex Bernstein
David Bobruff
Jeff Coviello
Chris Donegan
Chris Miller
Matt Murray
David Nardolillo
Todd Nichols
Rob Schur
David Shapiro

Men's Soccer
Brian Angelini
Stephen Carr
Matt Diggs
Rejji Hayes
Kevin Larner
Steven Mattheos
Jonah Rockoff

Women's Soccer
Sarah Fabian
Katie Hersey
Ellie Hickerson
Erika Johnson
Laura Kochansky
Ali Segal

Field Hockey
Sarah Bradley
Kathryn Gwatkin
Marnie Huffman-Green
Irene Permut
Jess Rich

Women's Volleyball
Laura Becvar
Adrienne Beshong
Liz Delsman
Kristin Edgar
Cara Fritz
Erin Greenspun
Sara Smith

Women's Tennis
Sam Toerge
Ting Yu

Cross Country
Donald Baril
Dan Chandler
Thane Hancock
Amanda Weiss

Golf
David Fiorentino
Erik Hardenbergh
Ryan Szczepanik