Amherst College Men's Lacrosse

Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Founded: 1821
Enrollment: 1,624 undergraduates
President: Tom Gerety
Colors: Purple and White
Nickname: Lord Jeffs
Affiliations: Snively, NESCAC, ECAC, NCAA Division III
Athletic Director: Peter Gooding
Athletic Phone: 413 542-2274
Athletic Fax: 413 542-2026
Home Field: Hitchcock Field

Sports Information Director: Irene Cheung
Office Phone: 413 542-2390
Home Phone: 413 256-4139
Fax: 413 542-2527
Address: Public Affairs Office
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Head Coach: Jim McKeon (7th season)
Alma Mater: Middlebury '82
Record at Amherst: 40-39 (6 years)
Career Record: 40-39 (6 years)
Office Phone: 413 542-2113
Assistant Coaches: Brian Silcott, Milton Gooding, Rob Blood, Ray Byrnes '97
Address: Alumni Gymnasium
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

1997 Record: 9-4, ECAC bid
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 16/4
Starters Returning/Lost: 7/3
1998 Captains: Darren Malhame '98, Todd Robin '98, Payson Bullard '99, Todd Nichols '99
Top Returning Goalie: Bryan Goldstein '99 (.640 sv%)
Top Returning Defender: Ross Armstrong '00
Top Returning Attacker: Todd Nichols '99 (27g, 5a)

1998 Season Outlook

After three straight ECAC appearances, Amherst men's lacrosse begins the 1998 season with a No. 20 pre-season ranking by Face-Off Magazine. Returning a deep midfield among its 22 veteran players, the Lord Jeffs face a difficult schedule that includes five of the top 20 teams in the nation.

"This is the first time ever we can lose games and still have a shot at making the NCAA tournament," comments Head Coach Jim McKeon of the team's strength of schedule. "We're experienced and deep, especially in the midfield, and we have a good attack."

Amherst's biggest loss to graduation is All-American attackman Stephen Carr, who finished his career with a 65-point season and second in the nation in assists-per-game (3.62: 47 in 13 games). Filling in on attack will be the committee of Matt Roy, Andy Neviaser, Kyle Bohannon and Sam Altman, who added 34 goals and 16 assists to Carr's team-leading numbers. Rookie Harlow Voorhees is also expected to make a large contribution this season.

Leading the midfield will be junior quad-captain Todd Nichols, listed as a Premier Midfielder in Face-Off's Players to Watch in Division III. As a sophomore, Nichols notched 27 goals and five assists as the Jeffs' go-to guy and top face-off man. Nichols will be joined by nine fellow midfielders, most notably quad-captains Payson Bullard and Todd Robin, as well as sophomore Jason Sowers, who combined for 29 goals and 10 assists last year. This unit will be bolstered by the experience James DeLuca, John Laufer and Eric Kahrl, and supported by the scoring threats of rookies John-Paul Bruneau and Eric Edelson.

The Jeffs return the core of its defense in Peter Mittelholzer, Ben Beckman, Brian Campbell and Ross Armstrong. Quad-captain Darren Malhame will play his senior season with the long stick, as he, Kevin Erickson and rookie Edmund Capodilupo add depth to the defense.

Junior Bryan Goldstein returns for his second year in goal after compiling a .640 save percentage in 1997. He will be challenged by sophomore Pat Korody and rookie Corey Simonson.