Amherst College Weekly Winter Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 4 for athletic events from January 3 - 10, 1998

 Men's Basketball Still Unbeaten at 8-0

Men's basketball racked up a trio of wins to kick off 1998 and push its record to 8-0 as the 10th best team in the nation. The Jeffs opened up with a rout of Johnson & Wales, who has suffered Amherst's highest single-game point total of 125 for two years straight. Senior center Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA) notched a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, while blocking three shots, a career high. Five other players contributed double figures, helped out by five steals and six assists by junior point guard Caith Chapman (Maumee, OH). The Jeffs shot 58% from the floor and out-rebounded the Griffins 57-38. Two days later, the Jeffs recorded a 95-61 win over Westfield State with another six players scoring double digits.

Amherst opened up a five-game homestand on Saturday with an 89-87 nailbiter against Wheaton. The teams traded baskets to start the game before the Jeffs took the lead off a 14-2 run. Sophomore Pat Mulvey (Rye, NH) tallied eight points including a pair from behind the arc to spark the run. With both teams shooting over 50%, Amherst entered the locker room with a 47-43 lead, which the Jeffs extended to a 14 point advantage on Lyon foul trouble midway through the second. But a series of Amherst fouls chipped away at the Jeffs lead to pull within four in the Lyons' 10th 3-pointer of the evening. A tip-in tied the match at 87, but a pair of Skorupski free throws were enough for the game-winner. Chapman added eight assists to the effort while senior John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) tallied a team-high 17 points to push his career total to 1,220 as 8th among Amherst's all-time scoring leaders. Tops on the list is Jamal Wilson '97 (East Orange, NJ), who finished his career with 1,550 points and as the holder of four College records.

The Jeffs host fourth-ranked Williams this Saturday. Last year, the archrivals split two regular season games before the Ephs downed Amherst in the NCAA Second Round.

No.	Name				ppg		rpg		apg
41	John Pavelski '98		16.8		7.0		2.1
32	Billy Skorupski '98		14.8		7.4		0.9
12	Pat Mulvey '00			12.0		3.6		1.8
31	Chris Ingraham '99		9.1		4.1		1.1
4	Julian Rowand '98		8.3		3.4		2.0
11	Caith Chapman '99		7.5		2.0		3.9
23	Hugh Quattlebaum '00		6.6		2.1		0.6
44/34	Josh Anish '99			5.9		2.5		1.3
22	Erik Kelly '01			4.8		1.0		0.8
10	Abe Sexson '01			3.3		1.0		0.0
30	Chris Smith '00			3.0		1.8		0.5
5	Mark MacLeod '99		2.6		1.0		1.0
40	Charles Field '99		2.2		2.3		0.0
15	Brian Daoust '01		1.4		0.2		0.6
3	Peter Denby '00			0.5		0.8		0.7
Amherst Totals				92.1		42.0		16.1
Opponent Totals				70.9		36.3		9.5

Current Record: 8-0				High Scorer		High Rebounder
Last Week: 	at Johnson & Wales, W 125-64	Skorupski 19		Skorupski 11
		at Westfield State, W 95-61	Mulvey 14		Pavelski 5
		Wheaton, W 89-87		Pavelski 17		Pavelski 9
Up Next: 	Thu Jan 15 Wesleyan, 7:30pm
		Sat Jan 17 Williams, 8:00pm

 Women's Basketball Extends Win Streak to Five

Despite dropping its season opener, women's basketball has won its last five straight toward a 5-1 record. Facing Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Jeffs sank their first basket of 1998 over two-minutes into the match, but quickly claimed a lead they would extend to as much as 27 late in the second half. Junior Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) notched 13 of her game-high 18 points in the first half, and the tri-captain would finish with 13 boards in her third double-double of the season, 17th of her collegiate career. Fellow captains Janinne Noel (Dalton, MA) and Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) added 12 points and 10 rebounds, respectively.

Facing Smith three days later, the Jeffs trailed by 12 at the half before rallying for a one-point win over their Pioneer Valley rival. Amherst turned on its defensive intensity in the second half, holding Smith to 32% shooting when they had sunk over half their shots in the first half. The Jeffs made a 17-4 run to open the second as Hersey's second three-point-play would give Amherst its first lead since Rinaldi's opening bucket. The Jeffs chipped away at the Pioneer lead to tie the match at 48, 52 and 54 before Rinaldi's turnaround jumper gave Amherst a 56-54 edge with 2:41 to play. Naomi Sullivan (Hudson, MA) sank a free throw a minute later before Smith countered with a jumper to cut the Amherst advantage to one. But tough Jeff defense held off Smith's search for the game-winner as Amherst altered the Pioneers' final two shots. Hersey dished out eight assists while Sullivan made six steals in the victory. Hersey currently leads the NESCAC in rebounding, averaging 9.8 boards per game.

Women's basketball also hosts Williams this Saturday. Last year, the Ephs edged out Amherst in two close contests, 59-49 in Amherst and 67-60 in Williamstown.

No.	Name				ppg		rpg		apg
15	Katie Hersey '99		14.8		9.8		2.3
31	Sarah Rinaldi '98		11.2		6.8		1.3
33	Naomi Sullivan '00		8.5		4.7		2.8
12	Janinne Noel '99		8.3		1.7		1.3
24	Liza Feldman '00		6.5		2.3		2.0
34	Deirdre McCarthy '01		4.0		3.8		0.3
14	Dacia Walker '00		3.0		2.5		1.5
32	Rebecca Sacher '01		2.0		3.8		0.3
3	Meg Riley '01			1.8		0.2		0.0
21	Charlotte Taylor '01		1.5		2.0		0.3
10	Melissa Roja '00		0.8		1.5		1.0
20	Jen Sielicki '01		1.0		0.8		1.0
30	Meg Lischer '01			0.5		0.5		0.0
Amherst Totals				62.7		42.8		13.8
Opponent Totals				51.8		36.3		9.3

Current Record: 5-1			High Scorer		High Rebounder
Last Week: 	WPI, W 71-46		Hersey 18		Hersey 13
		Smith, W 57-56		Rinaldi 16		Hersey 10	
Up Next: 	Tue Jan 13 Albertus Magnus, 7:30pm
		Thu Jan 15 at Babson, 8:00pm
		Sat Jan 17 Williams, 6:00pm

 Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Fifth in ECAC East

After beginning the season tied for first in the league, a 1-2-1 start to the year drops the Jeffs to fifth, tied with three other schools including defending NCAA and ECAC Champions Middlebury and Colby. Leading the team have been the duo of Rob MacDonald (Walpole, MA) and Mike Noone (Swampscott, MA), who are the NESCAC's top-two scorers and among the most prolific forwards in the ECAC East.

Defenseman Darce Swaggert (Wayzata, MN) earned ECAC/Bauer Rookie of the Week honors to begin 1998 as he notched two goals and an assist against both Potsdam and AIC in the Western Mass Tourney, held at Orr Rink. The Jeffs rallied from a 4-1 deficit to Potsdam in the first round of the tournament behind the stingy netminding of rookie Nick Reiser (Northfield, IL). The goalie entered the game midway through the first period and made 18 saves on 21 Bear shots. Fellow rookie Robbie Hill (Averill Park, NY) donned game skates for the first time after returning from the NCAA Final Four with the men's soccer team to score the first goal of the game, as well as assist Swaggert's first goal to lead the Amherst comeback.

Junior Charlie Blyth (Beaconsfield, Quebec) scored a power play goal late in the second period to tie the match at five. A tally by Gregg DiNardo (North Reading, MA) early in the third would send the game into overtime, where the Bears poked in the game-winner just under eight minutes into extra time. Potsdam would go on to defeat Williams 5-3 in the Championship game for the Western Mass Title, while Amherst blanked AIC 7-0 in the Consolation game for third place.

Resuming league play, the Jeffs battled to a 5-5 overtime tie at Connecticut College. MacDonald led Amherst with an assist and two goals, his second an unassisted score with just 13 seconds left on the game clock to force the extra period. The next day at Holy Cross, however, the Jeffs fell to the Crusaders 5-0, the first time Amherst has been shut out this season.

No.	Name				G	A	P
24	Rob MacDonald '99		9	11	20
9	Mike Noone '98			10	9	19
23	Darce Swaggert '01		7	5	12
11	Paul Gozzo '98			2	10	12
15	Gregg DiNardo '01		4	5	9
26	Chris Orszulak '01		2	7	9
21	Doug Erickson '98		1	8	9
12	Matt Drawz '99			1	4	5
17	Andy Jones '00			1	4	5
3	Dan Moos '98			2	2	4
22	Charlie Blyth '99		2	2	4
7	Tom Carideo '98			1	3	4
8	Tim Kelly '98			1	3	4
2	Buster Nelson '00		0	4	4
16	Tim Quinn '00			1	2	3
19	Matt Rogers '99			1	2	3
27	Robbie Hill '01			1	2	3
6	Chris Gargiulo '98		0	2	2
4	Ben Kennedy '01			0	1	1
14	Joe Graceffa '00		0	1	1
Amherst Totals				48	89	137

Goalkeeping		W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
33  Chris Addesa '99	5	3	1	560	242	25	.906	2.68	2
30  Nick Rieser '01	1	1	0	116	39	4	.907	2.07	0
Amherst Totals		6	4	1	676	281	29	.906	2.57	2

Current Record: 6-4-1, 4-2-1 ECAC East
Last Week: 	Western Mass Tourney, 3rd place
		   Potsdam, L 6-7 OT
		   AIC, W 7-0
		at Connecticut College, T 5-5 OT
		at Holy Cross, L 0-5
Up Next:  	Fri Jan 16 at Babson, 7:00pm
		Sat Jan 17 at UMass Boston, 4:00pm

 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Drown Trinity and MIT

Returning from their winter training trips in Florida, both men's and women's swimming and diving earned a pair of victories over Trinity and MIT. Diver Matt Smith (North Bridgton, ME) shattered not only the Trinity pool record for 3-meter diving, but also the Amherst College record as he qualified for nationals on both boards. This is the third straight year that the junior will attend the NCAA Championships.

The men won all but one race against both Trinity and MIT, while the women barely fell short of first in only the freestyle events. The women, currently 4-0, will prepare for their final home meet of the season against Williams with a mid-week meet against Springfield. The men, who also face Springfield and Williams this week, are currently 3-1.

Current Records: 4-0 women, 3-1 men
Last Week:	at Trinity: 	women W 122-88	men W 163-35
		with MIT:	women W 131-71	men W 163-46
Up Next: 	Tue Jan 13 Springfield, 1:00pm
		Sat Jan 17 Williams, 1:00pm women
				          4:00pm men

 Winter Notes...

Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) added two more victories to his running resume as the junior won both the mile and the 800 at the Dartmouth Invitational, which he entered as an individual competitor. Indoor track and field is next in action on Saturday, January 24 at the Brandeis Invitational....Because of emergency conditions in Maine, the women's hockey game against Bates was postponed from last Saturday to a date yet to be determined. The team will host Bowdoin this Wednesday at 2pm before facing Trinity and Skidmore this weekend at Orr Rink....Both Page Callaghan (Strafford, PA) and Rachel Nisselson (Brooklyn, NY) competed at the Constable Invitational, held for the nation's top 16 women's squash players. Both fell in the first round. The women will next compete as a team in the Williams Invitational this Saturday, while the men will travel to Yale on Friday.

 Fall Footnotes...

Devin Moriarty (Springfield, MA) competed in the Aztec Bowl in Mexico City, Mexico on December 20, where the defensive lineman leveled five tackles on the opposing Mexican All-Star team toward a 42-41 American victory. The senior and offensive center David Heaton (Milford, MA) will both play in the Martin Luther King Holiday Classic this weekend, to be held on Monday, January 19 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.