Amherst College Weekly Winter Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 11 for athletic events from February 23-March 1, 1998

 Men's Basketball Earns Top Seed in ECAC Championship

Finishing the regular season with a 19-4 record, Amherst men's basketball claimed a No. 1 seed in the ECAC Tournament, which the seniors will look to win for the third time in their college careers. A championship title would give Amherst its fifth and the most in the 26-year history of the Division III tournament. The Jeffs currently boast four championships, including back-to-back titles in 1995 and 1996.

An integral part of both ECAC championships, senior tri-captain John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) repeated as a selection to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District team. The history major has compiled a 3.67 grade point average while becoming Amherst's sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,359 points. The forward is also second on the career 3-point field goal list with 184 to his credit after setting the freshman scoring record with 363 points in the 1994-95 season. Pavelski is currently writing a senior honors thesis in history and has served as a volunteer softball coach for the Special Olympics. This is the second straight year that Pavelski has earned this honor, and he is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.

A showdown at Connecticut College had an NCAA berth on the line as the teams battled with NESCAC rival Trinity for two invites to the Big Dance. The Jeffs mounted an 8-0 run early in the first half behind the offensive rebounding and output of Pavelski. The Camels claimed their first lead behind a series of three-point-plays before Amherst fought back within one on a 3-pointer by Chris Ingraham (Tuscon, AZ). Despite six lead changes in the final five minutes of the first half, a 3- by junior Caith Chapman (Maumee, OH) sent both teams into the locker room deadlocked at 39-39.

The Jeffs made another run early in the second half, a 14 point surge that included 11-straight from sophomore Pat Mulvey (Rye, NH). The guard's third straight trey gave Amherst its biggest lead of the night, a 60-47 advantage with 12:26 to play. However, the Camels responded with a run of their own that would put Conn College on top, 67-66 with 6:31 on the clock. A pair of Pavelski free throws returned the lead to the Jeffs after the Camel coach was slapped with a technical for violently contesting a player foul. Amherst extended its lead on a series of three-point-plays, but eight late-game fouls and 12-for-16 shooting at the charity stripe closed out the game in favor of the Camels.

The Jeffs closed out the regular season with a 110-86 thrashing of Wesleyan for a split of the Little III title with archrival Williams for the second straight year. Mulvey led the offensive with a career-high 31 points, including 21 in the first half and 5-for-6 shooting from behind the arc. Amherst took a 47-44 lead heading into the second half, and the Jeffs had only a 75-73 advantage with 9:48 to play. However, Amherst shot 14-for-15 for the remainder of the match as the Jeffs outscored the Cardinals 35-13. Senior tri-captain Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA) chipped in 22 as one of five Lord Jeffs in double-figures.

No.	Name				ppg	rpg	apg
32	Billy Skorupski '98		14.0	 8.7	 1.2
12	Pat Mulvey '00			14.0	 3.2	 1.9
41	John Pavelski '98		13.7	 5.4	 1.3
31	Chris Ingraham '99		10.3	 3.9	 1.3
23	Hugh Quattlebaum '00		 9.0	 3.6	 1.0
4	Julian Rowand '98		 7.8	 4.4	 1.7
11	Caith Chapman '99		 6.2	 1.9	 2.6
44/34	Josh Anish '99			 4.7	 2.5	 0.8
30	Chris Smith '00		 	 3.9	 1.4	 0.3
22	Erik Kelly '01			 3.1	 0.8	 0.5
5	Mark MacLeod '99		 2.4	 1.1	 1.4
40	Charles Field '99		 2.3	 1.3	 0.2
10	Abe Sexson '01		 	 1.9	 0.9	 0.0
15	Brian Daoust '01		 1.8	 0.6	 1.4
3	Peter Denby '00		 	 0.9	 0.6	 0.5
Amherst Totals				85.9	40.9	14.2
Opponent Totals				73.7	39.9	10.8

Current Record: 19-4, 6-4 NESCAC		High Scorer	High Rebounder
Last Week: 	at Conn College, L 86-89	Pavelski 22	Pavelski 11
		at Wesleyan, W 110-86		Mulvey 13	3 with 7
Up Next:  ECAC Tournament, No. 1 seed
		Wed Mar 4 No. 8 Emerson, 7:00pm
		Fri Mar 6 Semifinals, 7:00pm
		Sun Mar 8 Championship, 2:00pm

 Women's Basketball Concludes with Pair of Wins

Amherst women's basketball closed out its 1998 campaign with a three-game win streak over NESCAC opponents. Coming off a 62-49 victory over Tufts, the Jeffs posted a 63-51 win over Conn College to kick off the week and bring their NESCAC league record to 5-5 in its inaugural season. Amherst claimed the lead early against the Camels, and the Jeffs extended it with an 8-0 run late in the half. Conn fought back at the foul line and took its only lead of the game, 28-26, with 45.2 seconds before the break. A free throw and drive with just 0.4 ticks before the buzzer by senior Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) gave Amherst a one-point advantage, 29-28, at halftime.

The Jeffs made a 13-0 surge early in the second for their biggest lead of the night, 47-32, with 12:59 to play. While the Lord Jeff press had contained the Camels early on, Conn responded with an 11-0 run that would pull them within three with under three to play. But Amherst went 7-for-9 at the free throw line which, combined with a layin by Rinaldi and a 3-pointer at the buzzer by junior tri-captain Janinne Noel (Dalton, MA), gave the Jeffs a 12 point win. Noel led the Jeffs with 17 points, six steals and five assists, while fellow captain Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and five steals.

In their season finale, the Jeffs clinched a split of the Little III title with archrival Williams with a 63-60 victory over Wesleyan. Rinaldi and Hersey combined for Amherst's first 13 points as they led a 15-1 run early in the half. With a 29-24 lead at the break, Amherst held off a Cardinal surge and extended its lead to 15, 47-32, with 11:50 to play. A pair of Hersey free throws gave the Jeffs its biggest lead of the night, 57-40, with just over four left to play, but Amherst would be scoreless from the floor for the final 4:42 of the game while Wesleyan converted three-point-plays. Rinaldi led the way on Senior Night with 18 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks to close out her career. The forward finishes as Amherst's 7th all-time leading scorer with 919 points, the Jeffs' fourth leading rebounder with 591 boards and third in career blocks with 67.

No.	Name				ppg	rpg	apg
31	Sarah Rinaldi '98		14.8	8.3	1.0
15	Katie Hersey '99		14.3	9.7	2.5
12	Janinne Noel '99		10.3	2.2	2.1
33	Naomi Sullivan '00		6.7	5.4	2.8
24	Liza Feldman '00		4.6	1.9	0.9
34	Deirdre McCarthy '01		4.2	3.7	0.5
14	Dacia Walker '00		2.7	3.0	1.3
11	Meg Riley '01			1.6	0.6	0.3
21	Charlotte Taylor '01		1.3	1.1	0.3
20	Jen Sielicki '01		1.2	0.8	0.4
32	Rebecca Sacher '01		1.1	1.9	0.2
10	Melissa Roja '00		0.8	1.1	0.7
30	Margaret Lischer '01		0.2	1.0	0.2
Amherst Totals				62.4	42.7	12.5
Opponent Totals				57.3	36.8	10.2

Final Record: 15-9, 5-5 NESCAC		High Scorer	High Rebounder
Last Week: 	Conn College, W 63-51	Noel 17		Hersey 8
		Wesleyan, W 63-60	Rinaldi 18	Rinaldi 12

 Women's Ice Hockey Finishes Finest Season Ever

In only its third year varsity, Amherst women's ice hockey finished its finest season as a team on the rise and competitive within the ECAC Alliance. The Jeffs shattered every single season scoring mark, including more than doubling the goal-output from the last two seasons combined. Leading the attack were senior co-captain Jess Frisch (Bethesda, MD) and first-year Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH), a pair who claimed ECAC Player and Rookie of the Week honors. This is the second time each has earned her respective award this season as Frisch finishes with an unprecedented 66 points (34g, 32a) as Amherst's career scoring leader (139 points, 83g, 56a). Bowe, meanwhile, has scored the most goals in a season with 35 to power her to the rookie scoring record of 61 points.

The Jeffs began the week with an overtime thriller against Sacred Heart. Sophomore Genny Furst (Deephaven, MN) put Amherst on the board just 40 seconds into the match before the Pioneers notched four in the next seven minutes. Furst and Bowe cut the lead to one at the end of the first period, but found themselves trailing 5-3 at the beginning of the third. Frisch opened up the third period with a pair of goals, which Sacred Heart responded to with a pair of its own. 34 seconds later, Frisch struck again to cut the margin to 7-6 with 11:06 to play in regulation. Furst's third goal of the night at the 12:16 mark was enough to send the match into overtime, where Bowe's fourth assist to Lisbeth Rowinski (Paistow, NH) notched the game-winner, the sophomore's fourth of the season just 1:36 into extra time. Amherst had out-shot Sacred Heart 52 to 29.

A Frisch hat trick powered the Jeffs to their third Alliance victory, an 8-1 win over Connecticut College. Bowe added a pair of goals, as did senior co-captain Val Klein (Philadelphia, PA) with her two assists. The next day, six seniors concluded their careers in an 8-1 loss to Wesleyan for a 10-12-1 record, 3-12-1 Alliance. Bowe and senior Margaret Seiler (Louisville, KY) teamed up to feed Frisch for her final collegiate goal while netminder Cindy Matsushita (Bronx, NY) added 26 saves to her all-time leading goalie stats. Catherine Cugell (Madison, CT) and Christine Hatch (Salt Lake City, UT) also finished their careers as goalie-turned-forward and defender.

No.	Name				G	A	P	P-Min
18	Jess Frisch '98			34	32	66
3	Gretchen Bowe '01		35	26	61	2-4	
4	Genny Furst '00			22	28	50	2-4
11	Lisbeth Rowinski '00		10	13	23	11-22	
15	Margaret Seiler '98		3	15	18	2-4
12	Val Klein '98			7	9	16	16-32
16	Emma Lincoln '01		5	6	11
19	Natalie Weber '01		2	2	4
6	Catherine Cugell '98		0	4	4	1-2
10	Gay Heit '00			1	2	3
17	Ainsley Gordon '01		1	2	3
2	Christine Hatch '98		0	2	2	3-6
30	Cindy Matsushita '98		0	1	1
Amherst Totals				120	144	264	37-74
Opponent Totals				120	151	271	68-144	

Goalkeeping			W	L	T	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA	ShO
  1  Sarah Evans '99		4	6	1	587	342	53	.866	5.42	0
30  Cindy Matsushita '98	6	6	0	800	381	67	.850	5.03	1
Amherst Totals			10	12	1	1387	723	120	.858	5.19	1
Opponent Totals			12	10	1	1387	695	120	.853	5.19	4

Final Record: 10-12-1 overall, 3-12-1 ECAC Alliance
Last Week:	Sacred Heart, W 8-7 OT
		Conn College, W 8-1
		Wesleyan, L 1-8

 Squash Hosts Individual National Championships

With the newly renovated Davenport Squash Courts, Amherst hosted the men's and women's individual national championships, as sponsored by the NISRA and USWISRA, respectively. 128 of the best college players in North America descended upon the College to compete in six championship draws. At the conclusion of the weekend, Marcus Cowie (Norfolk, England) of Trinity College successfully defended his men's title over Daniel Ezra (London, England) of Harvard, while Ivy Pochoda (Brooklyn, NY) of Harvard upset former champion Jessica DiMauro (Toronto, Ontario) of the University of Pennsylvania for the women's crown.

With a trio of late additions to the draw, Amherst led all schools with 12 participants, seven men and five women (match records in parentheses below). Sophomore David McNeely (Newtown Square, PA) claimed a No. 3 seed in the men's draw and defeated rivals from Trinity and Princeton before facing defending national champion Cowie in the semifinals. Despite a Lord Jeff victory during the regular season and a 15-13 first game win, McNeely fell to Cowie in four games.

Junior Kevin Orphan (Atlanta, GA) entered as the 10th best player in the nation and survived through the semifinals of the feed-in consolation draw. Rookie Addison West (Haverford, PA) fell to Ezra in the third round of the main draw and concluded his first collegiate season with a 17-3 match record. Seniors Hayden Felice (Radnor, PA) and Evan Khan (Seattle, WA) advanced to the second round before moving to the feed-in consolation. Stephen Seelbach (Short Hills, NJ) and Chris Herron (Newburyport, MA) also participated in the NISRA Championship.

Junior Page Callaghan (Strafford, PA) posted a 2-2 record in the women's draw with a pair of matches each in the main and feed-in consolation. Sophomore Rachel Nisselson (Brooklyn, NY) advanced to the semifinals of the consolation draw, while senior co-captain Justine O'Connor (Brooklyn, NY) exited in the quarterfinals. Junior Sheila Reynolds (Great Falls, VA) and senior co-captain Carrie Goodwin (New York, NY) also filled in spots in the USWISRA draw.

 Men's Individual Match Records
David McNeely '00		13-4 (4-1)
Kevin Orphan '99		13-7 (4-2)
Hayden Felice '98		8-7  (3-2)
Evan Khan '98 			12-7 (2-2)
Addison West '01		17-3 (3-2)
Stephen Seelbach '99		11-8 (2-2)
Jamie Ford '98			11-3
Chris Herron '98		7-10 (0-2)
Andrew Snyder '99		7-5
Perry Pickert '98		6-1
Kunal Rakshit '00		3-0
Raza Mujtaba '00		3-0
Edward Meyer '00		1-0

Women's Individual Match Records
Page Callaghan '98		12-7 (2-2)
Rachel Nisselson '00		12-8 (3-2)
Justine O'Connor '98		10-6 (2-2)
Sheila Reynolds '99		10-5 (0-2)
Katherine Giese '01		6-2
Carrie Goodwin '98		8-8  (0-1)
Kim Karetsky '99		5-8
Bevin Sell '99			8-7
Vanessa Champion '01		5-8
Christine Kham '00		2-6
Liz Scheinfeldt '99		3-3
Samantha Alves '00		0-1
Melinda Mahaffey '98		0-1
Final Records: 10-5 men, 9-6 women
Last Week: NISRA, USWISRA Individual Championships at Amherst

 Men's Swimming and Diving Nearly Wins New Englands

Amherst men's swimming and diving came within five points of only its second New England title in the 90-year-old history of the program as every Lord Jeff swam his hardest toward personal bests and the championship. In the process, six Jeffs broke four college records while eight clocked B-cuts for Nationals in three weeks.

The Jeffs found success with a total team effort. Amherst sent multiple competitors into each night's finals, including six swimmers in the 200 freestyle that won 85 points for the Jeffs. The 50 placed three sprinters in the championship finals as Amherst brought home 3rd and two 6th place finishes for the Jeffs. Amherst had held off the multiple-time defending New England champion Ephs through virtually the entire weekend before Williams earned 101 points behind five swimmers in the 200 butterfly to take tne lead with only two races left. The 1998 champion came down to which team finished faster in the 400 free relay: Williams 3:08.62, Amherst 3:08.88.

Pat Lahey (Northfield, IL) blazed the way with contributions to six national qualifying times and three college bests. The sophomore claimed second-place finishes in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breast, including a 2:06.70 clocking in the 200 to knock over a second off his rookie best last year. Lahey also shared two New England championships with his teammates as the 200 and 400 medley relays took top honors with College record-performances. Despite a third-seed after morning trials, the 400 medley team of senior co-captain James Ross (Hopkinsville, KY), Lahey, and juniors Flori Fischetti (Potomac, MD) and Brian Porter (Farmington, CT) took five seconds off its morning time and nearly three seconds off the 10-year-old record with a 3:27.60 clocking. In similar fashion, the 200 medley team of Adam Kerstien (Aurora, CO), Lahey, Fischetti and Porter claimed a B-cut and college record with a 1:35.31 finish for first place.

Porter proved a steady anchor for four relays as the 200 and 400 free teams finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, under national qualifying standards with 1:25.11 and 3:08.88 times. The junior had also taken 0.45 seconds off his 7th seeded morning time in the 50 for a 3rd place finish in :21.22, just 0.08 seconds off the college best.

Also contributing were Kerstien and rookie Warren Seubel (Ponte Vedra, FL), along with Porter's freshman brother Read. Read jumpstarted the 200 free relay before earning a B-cut in the 200 with a 1:43.43 finish for 4th place. Ross also snuck under NCAA standards with a :53.27 finish for 5th in the 100 backstroke while first-year Myles Ranier (Lake Charles, LA) clocked a 16:27.66 for 4th place in the 1650.

Diver Matt Smith (North Bridgton, ME) shattered his New England Championship record on the 1-meter as the junior amassed 461.60 points in 11 dives. Smith has already qualified for Nationals during the regular season and will make his third trip in as many years.

Final Record: 8-2
Last Week: New Englands at Wesleyan, 2nd place
Up Next: Thu-Sat Mar 19-21 Nationals at Principia College, St. Peter's, Missouri

 Indoor Track Races with New England's Best

Competing against schools from all Divisions in New England, men's and women's indoor track finished strong this weekend. The men claimed a 10th place finish overall and tops among Division III schools behind the continued excellence of three-time All-American Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT). The junior repeated as the mile champion, beating out his closest competitor by almost four seconds with a 4:06.88 clocking. His incredible 1:48.61 leg to anchor the 4x800 relay brought the team back from sixth place at the handoff to an unprecedented first place finish, the first time a Division III team has ever won this event. Taken as a flat time, Mitchell's 200 would be the fastest Division III indoor time ever. Both the 4x800 and the Distance Medley Relay shattered school records, the former by 4:82 and the 5th place DMR by almost three seconds with a 10:13.72 finish.

Similarly, the women crushed a trio of school records. Sophomore Nicole Campbell (Brooklyn, NY) placed 4th in the triple jump with a 37'7.5" finish, adding almost a foot to her former best set earlier this season. Classmate Kristie Ford (Worthington, OH) clocked a 9.03 in the 55 hurdles to break last year's best, while senior co-captain Rachael Holloway (Lake Oswego, OR) took 0.36 off an eight-year-old record in the 400 with a 60.25 finish.

Last Week: 	men's New England Open at BU, 10th place (1st DIII)
		women's New England Open at Smith, 17th place (5th DIII)
This Week: 	Sat Mar 7 ECAC Championship at Brandeis

 Fall Footnotes...

E.J. Mills has been named the Head Football Coach after serving as the interim head for the 1997 season. Mills will continue to serve as the Jeffs' Defensive Coordinator after transforming Amherst into the best defense in the NESCAC in his five years with the program. As the interim head coach, Mills led the Jeffs to its second straight 7-1 record while successfully defending its unofficial NESCAC Championship.

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