Amherst College Weekly Winter Sports Wrap-Up Issue 7 for athletic events from February 3 - February 9, 1997

 Men's Ice Hockey Wins Little III Title

Splitting a pair of road games, the men's hockey team finished the weekend with a 13-7 record and brought home their first Little III title in a decade. Posting a 5-4 win at Williams last December, the Jeffs finished off the rivalry with a 7-3 victory at Wesleyan on Friday. The last time Amherst claimed a piece of the Little III title was a split with Williams in the 1989-1990 season. However, the last time Amherst registered a 2-0 record against the duo was in 1985-1986, the last time the Jeffs beat Williams.

Mike Noone '98 (Swampscott, MA) had a goal and two assists against both Wesleyan and Trinity to earn him NESCAC Player of the Week honors. This is the third Jeff to claim NESCAC recognition this season. Noone is currently the team's third leading scorer and the league's fifth leading scorer with 11 goals and 20 assists.

Seven different players scored against Wesleyan in a 7-3 decision. Rookie Buster Nelson '00 (Middletown, CT) netted a goal at the end of the first period before Amherst scored six in the third to round out the game. 3:36 into the third period, Noone scored a shorthanded goal to tie the match at 2-2. Amherst took advantage of 2 of 5 power play opportunities behind the sticks of Charlie Blyth '99 (Beaconsfield, Quebec) and Andy Jones '00 (Excelcior, MN) to seal the win and the Little III title. The Amherst offense generated 48 shots, forcing the Cardinal netminder to make 41 saves in 60 minutes.

The following day, the Jeffs dropped a game at Trinity 7-5. Rob MacDonald '99 (Walpole, MA) scored twice in the third to keep the game close. Amherst pulled goalie Joe Branca '97 (Medfield, MA) with 1:29 left and scored 11 seconds later at 18:42. Matt Rogers '99 (Deephaven, MN) had three assists for the day.


No.	Name			GP	 G	  A	  P	PIM
22	Charlie Blyth '99	19	16	  21	  37	   28
24	Rob MacDonald '99	20	16	  18	  34	   18
  9	Mike Noone '98	20	11	  20	  31	     2
19	Matt Sather '97	17	  9	  14	  23	     0
23	Dan Moos '98		20	10	    7	  17	   10
18	Matt Rogers '99	17	  4	  12	  16	     2
21	Doug Erickson '98	20	  3	  12	  15	   28
  2	Buster Nelson '00	20	  6	    7	  13	   37
11	Paul Gozzo '98	20	  3	  10	  13	   18
  8	Tim Kelly '98		20	  3	    6	    9	   12
  5	Tim Quinn '00		20	  5	    3	    8	   20
  7	Tom Carideo '98	20	  4	    4	    8	   24
17	Andy Jones '00	20	  1	    7	    8	   10
  6	Chris Gargiulo '98	11	  2	    3	    5	     2
15	Matt Drawz '99	20	  2	    3	    5	   16
  3	John Collura '97	20	  1	    2	    3	     8
20	Bart Molloy '97	17	  0	    2	    2	     6
10	John Maguire '00	13	  0	    0	    0	     6
12	Dave Hale '97		17	  0	    1	    1	   16
29	Joe Branca '97		15	  0	    0	    0	     2
Amherst Totals		20	96	153	249	261

Goaltending W-L-T Min Sht Sav G GAA Save % Joe Branca '97 7-7-0 872 476 418 58 3.99 87.8% Chris Addesa '99 5-0-0 273 112 100 12 2.63 89.2% Greg Morneau '98 1-0-0 60 10 9 1 1.00 90.0% Amherst Totals 13-7-0 1209 599 527 72 3.57 87.9%

Current Record: 13-7 Last Week: at Wesleyan, W 7-3 at Trinity, L 5-7 This Week: Fri Feb 14 at Southern Maine Sat Feb 15 at Salem

 Men's Squash Defeats Ivies, Wins Little III

After crushing both Yale and Brown, men's squash claimed their third straight Little III title by defeating both Williams and Wesleyan. Against the Bulldogs, Amherst prevailed 8-1, including a come-from-behind victory by Jamie Ford '98 (Rosemont, PA). Down two games, Ford rebounded with 15-12, 15-6 and 15-7 wins to claim the No. 8 spot in five. Two days later, Brown pushed Nos. 2, 3 and 4 to five games before falling 9-0. Kevin Orphan '99 (Atlanta, GA) found himself trailing in the third after taking the first two games. Fighting to 13-15 and 16-17 decisions, Orphan rallied to a 15-0 blanking in the fifth game. At Nos. 3 and 4, Co-Captain Collin Bell '97 (Haverford, PA) and Hayden Felice '98 (Radnor, PA) both fell behind 2-0 before 17-16, 17-6, 15-8 victories in the next three.

The men dropped a single match to Williams and Wesleyan. While Ford struggled through four games, No. 6 Stephen Seelbach '99 (Short Hills, NJ) won two before dropping the next two to the Ephs. With a 15-10 decision in the fifth, Seelbach helped the Jeffs to an 8-1 win over Williams. All nine flights breezed to wins over the Cardinals for the Little III title.

This week the No.3 team in the nation faces the only two ranked above the Jeffs. Hosting Harvard on Tuesday, Amherst hopes to upset the top-ranked team before traveling to No.2 Trinity.


Men's Individual Records
David McNeely '00		11-1			
Kevin Orphan '99		11-2			
Collin Bell '97			11-2
Hayden Felice '98		9-2
Evan Khan '98		12-1
Stephen Seelbach '99		12-1
David Ford '97		10-2			Chris Herron '98		3-0
Jamie Ford '98		9-2			Kunal Rakshit '00		2-0
Andrew Snyder '99		13-0			Brad Johnson '98		0-1

Current Record: 12-1 Last Week: Yale, W 8-1 Brown, W 9-0 at Williams, W 8-1 Wesleyan, W 9-0 (at Williams) This Week: Tue Feb 11 Harvard Wed Feb 12 at Trinity

 Women's Squash Crushes Smith, Wins Little III

Recovering from five losses to the Ivy League, women's squash posted a perfect record for the week en route to their second straight Little III title. All nine flights cruised to 3-0 wins over Smith before the No. 9 team in the nation traveled to No. 8 Williams for two matches. Co-Captain Harriet Ells '97 (Brooklyn, NY), Page Callaghan (Strafford, PA), Rachel Nisselson '00 (Brooklyn, NY), Co-Captain Jess Green '97 (New York, NY), Carrie Goodwin '98 (New York, NY) and Kim Karetsky '99 (New York, NY) all posted wins over the Ephs in a 6-3 upset before a 7-2 decision over Wesleyan for the title.

This week the Jeffs travel to No. 6 Trinity before a weekend at the Howe Cup at Yale.


Women's Individual Records
Harriet Ells '97		17-3
Rachel Nisselson '00		8-6
Page Callaghan '99		5-3
Justine O'Connor '98		7-8
Sheila Reynolds '99		11-6
Jess Green '97			12-5			
Jackie Chen '97		9-7			
Carrie Goodwin '98		10-5			Melinda Mahaffey '98		5-3
Kim Karetsky '99		13-4			Sarah Lipton '98		2-0
Bevin Sell '99			8-2 			Christine Kahm '00		1-0

Current Record: 11-6 Last Week: Smith, W 9-0 at Williams, W 6-3 Wesleyan, W 7-2 (at Williams) This Week: Tue Feb 11 at Trinity Fri Feb 14-Sun Feb 16 Howe Cup at Yale

 Women's Basketball 1-2 for Week

Though a 57-52 win at Smith was sandwiched between two losses, the women's basketball team stands at the 12-7 mark going into the final four games of the regular season. Junior forward Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) gained ECAC Honor Roll recognition for averaging 14.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg for the week while shooting 90.9% (10-11) from the foul line. In her 11 games since returning from studying abroad, Rinaldi has established herself as a force on the blocks as the team's second leading scorer (11.6 ppg) and third leadning rebounder (5.2 rpg).

The Jeffs started the week with a 4-point loss at Norwich, despite outscoring the Cadets 37-35 in the second half. Trailing by as much as 15 in the second half, the Jeffs cut the lead to two on a trademark three by Janinne Noel '99 (Dalton, MA). Liza Feldman '00 (Lincoln, MA) led the team with 13 points, while forwards Kathryn Hersey '99 (Westford, MA) and Rinaldi contributed 12 and 11 respectively.

Hersey and Rinaldi combined for 31 of the Jeffs' 57 against Smith as Hersey registered her seventh double-double of the season with 14-points and 11-rebounds. Amherst forced 26 turnovers and 18 fouls from the Pioneers in their winning effort.

The Jeffs maintained that momentum into the first half of the Williams game as Amherst opened up the rematch with a 6-0 run by Rinaldi. Fouls late in the first half gave the Ephs their first lead with 1:59 to play as Williams took a 32-31 lead into the locker room. Three early Eph steals opened up the lead, pushing it to as much as 12 midway through the half. Amherst fought back to within four, but the last of the Jeffs' 27 fouls rounded out the game with a 68-60 decision. Rinaldi registered a team leading 15-points and 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes.


No.	Name				GP	ppg	rpg	apg
15	Kathryn Hersey '99		18	14.8	  9.4	  1.8
31	Sarah Rinaldi '98		11	11.6	  5.2	  0.7
12	Janinne  Noel '99		19	  9.5	  2.4	  1.9
33	Naomi Sullivan '00		16	  9.4	  7.4	  1.8
21	Kate Sullivan '97		19	  6.0	  2.5	  2.4
34	Nora McCartney '98		19	  5.9	  5.2	  0.8
24	Liza Feldman '00		18	  4.8	  1.8	  0.4
14	Dacia Walker '00		19	  3.1	  1.7	  1.2
30	Sam Ince '97			19	  2.9	  3.3 	  0.5
10	Melissa Roja '00		10	  1.3	  0.4	  0.2
32	Molly Auth '97		16	  0.4	  0.7	  0.1
22	Tari Cash '98			  2	  0.0	  0.0	  0.0
Amherst Totals			19	61.7	40.9	11.1
Opponent Totals			19	61.0	40.3	11.9

Current Record: 12-7 Last Week: at Norwich, L 53-57 at Smith, W 57-52 at Williams, L 60-68 This Week: Mon Feb 10 at Albertus Magnus Sat Feb 15 Wesleyan

 Men's Basketball 1-1 for Week

Men's basketball registered a 1-1 record for the week with a 68-60 win over Framingham before dropping a 75-61 decision at Williamstown. In both games, the Jeffs got off to a slow start, not scoring from the field until several minutes into the game. The Rams held Amherst scoreless until the 14:57 mark in the first when senior tri-captain Jamal Wilson (East Orange, NJ) sank a jumper to kick off his 24-point showing, including six from 3-point territory.

Amherst jumped out to 36-21 at halftime and pushed the lead to 16 on the fourth trey by John Pavelski '98 (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ). But Framingham mounted a 10-3 run that eventually cut the lead to 4 with less than a minute to play. Pavelski closed out the game with three sets of free throws as he was perfect from the line as part of his 20-point, 10 rebound, 5-assist performance.

At Williams, the Ephs kept the Jeffs cold from the field until 12:11 in the first when Pavelski added a layup to Wilson's two free throws. Billy Skorupski '98 (North Hatfield, MA) played two solid games in which he swatted seven blocks and pulled down 18 rebounds. The center had a career high 14 boards at Williams with his 15 points as he guarded the baseline, but apart from the opening minutes, the Jeffs were unable to cut the lead to single digits and settled for a split of this season's games.


No.	Name				GP	ppg	rpg	apg
21	Jamal Wilson '97		 17	22.7	   5.4	   1.7
41	John Pavelski '98		 17	18.4	   6.2	   1.5
32	Billy Skorupski '98		 17	  8.6	   5.9	   0.7
  4	Julian Rowand '98		 17	  8.0	   3.8	   2.4
44	Chris Akers '97		 17	  5.4	   5.8	   0.9
12	Patrick Mulvey '00		 17	  5.0	   2.1	   1.3
11	George Charles '97		 17	  3.9	   1.5	   3.6
23	Hugh Quattlebaum '00	 16	  3.8	   1.9	   0.8
24	Chris Ingraham '99		 14	  3.3	   1.9	   0.4
40	Charles Field '99		   7	  3.1	   1.7	   0.3
20	Caith Chapman '99		 12	  2.8	   0.4	   2.1
  5	Mark MacLeod '99		 12	  2.1	   0.6 	   1.8
10	Josh Anish '99		   8	  2.0	   1.1	   0.1
  3	Peter Denby '00		   3	  2.0	   1.3	   1.0
31	Jackson Collins '00		   3	  1.7	   2.3	   0.3
30	Chris Smith '00		 11	  1.5	   2.5	   0.3
Amherst Totals			 17	85.9	42.4	16.5
Opponent Totals			 17	71.6	38.9	11.6

Current Record: 14-3 Last Week: Framingham, W 68-60 at Williams, L 61-75 This Week: Mon Feb 10 Emerson Thu Feb 13 Brandeis Sat Feb 15 at Wesleyan

 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Finish Strong

Both men's and women's swimming and diving finished their dual meet seasons with wins over MIT and now begin their taper in preparation for New Englands and Nationals. The men won 13 of 14 swimming events in their season finale, including 1-2-3 sweeps of the 200 and 200 breaststroke. Still recovering from injury, Co-Captain Jeff Barnes '97 (West Lafayette, IN) took first place in the 200 with a time of 1:49.38, followed by Mike McCarthy '00 (Broomall, PA) and Nathan Johnson '98 (Harwinton, CT). Rounding out the top-three in the 200 breaststroke, Barnes touched behind specialists Bryan Luke '97 (Honolulu, HI) and Pat Lahey '00 (Northbrook, IL). The men finish up the season with an 8-1 record.

Kerry Weeks '98 (Longmeadow, MA) continues to make waves, clocking her third time under the B-cut in the 200 backstroke. She claimed second in the 200 with a 1-2-3 Amherst sweep of Sarah Lukaska '99 (Edina, MN), Weeks and Elise DeRiel '99 (Havertown, PA) before Lukaska led another 16-point Amherst event in the 100 butterfly. Clocking a time of 1:02.38, Lukaska was followed by Sarah Moran '00 (Bristol, TN) and Katherine Poulin '00 (St. Davids, PA).

While the divers competed at a different site from the swimmers, senior Lauren Leibsohn (Mission Hills, KS) earned her second qualifying score for Nationals, where she will join fellow Jeffs Co-Captain Becky Watson '97 (Hamel, MN) and Tamara Ball '99 (Des Peres, MO).


Season Records:	Men: 8-1		Women: 7-3
Last Week: at MIT	Men: W 146-83	Women: W 153-73
Up Next:	Fri Feb 21-Sun Feb 23 Women's New Englands at Bowdoin
			Fri Feb 28-Sun Mar 2 Men's New Englands at Williams

 Women's Ice Hockey Keeps Improving with 0-2-1 Week

Facing its first overtime situation of the season, women's ice hockey battled to a 4-4 tie with Connecticut College to open up an 0-2-1 week. Rebecca Asmar '97 (West Simsbury, CT) scored her first collegiate goal off the first of two April Zenisky '97 (Holyoke, MA) assists to take an early lead. Brittany Evans '99 (Avon, CT) and Genevieve Furst '00 (Deephaven, MN) had one goal and one assist a piece for the game. However, despite forcing the Camel goalie to make 42 saves, the Jeffs took home their first tie of the season.

Even though the Jeffs were shut out of both weekend games, the team's experience and determination showed through as the players grew more comfortable and more aggressive on the ice. Amherst locked in a strong defense against Maine after being wisened by an 8-0 decision against Bowdoin the day before. The Jeffs loaded 30 shots on net against Maine, while netminder Cindy Matsushita '98 (Bronx, NY) made 49 saves, including 19 in the third period. Matsushita had started the weekend with a 39-save performance against Bowdoin with an 85.6% save rate.


No.	Name				G	A	Pts	P-Min
18	Jess Frisch '98		15	6	21	2-4
 9	Brittany Evans '99		8	7	15	0-0
  4	Genevieve Furst '00		6	7	13	1-2
16	April Zenisky '97		2	7	9	3-6
11	Lisbeth Rowinski '00		1	2	3	9-14
12	Val Klein '98			0	2	2	21-42
15	Margaret Seiler '98		0	2	2	0-0
19	Megan Smith '98		0	2	2	0-0
17	Rebecca Asmar '97		1	0	1	0-0	
24	Amanda Ash '97		0	1	1	0-0
 7	Sarah Carr '97			0	0	0	1-2
Amherst Totals			33	36	70	37-70
Opponent Totals			81	95	176	35-70

Goalkeeping GP/GS W-L-T Min Saves Save% GA GAA SOs 22 Sarah Evans '99 7/6 1-5-0 318 188 85.1% 37 6.98 0 1 Cindy Matsushita '98 8/5 0-4-1 352 167 85.6% 28 4.77 0 31 Catherine Cugell '98 3/3 1-2-0 160 77 82.8% 16 6.00 0 Amherst Totals 14 2-11-1 830 432 83.5% 68 5.67 0 Opponent Totals 14 11-2-1 830 284 89.6% 33 2.36 3

Current Record: 2-11-1 Last Week: Conn College, T 4-4 OT Bowdoin, L 0-8 Maine, L 0-5 This Week: Wed Feb 12 Trinity Sat Feb 15 RPI Sun Feb 16 RIT