Amherst College Weekly Winter Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 12 for athletic events from March 2-8, 1998

 Men's Basketball Finishes Season in ECAC Championship

Amherst men's basketball concluded its 1998 campaign with a 20-5 record in the semifinal game of the ECAC Championship. This had been the Jeffs' 13th appearance in the post-season tournament and the third in four years with a pair of titles to boast. Amherst is tied with Trinity College for most ECAC crowns by an institution with four.

The Jeffs kicked off the post-season with a definitive 122-86 victory over 8th-seeded Emerson. The teams traded baskets early on until the first of four John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) 3-pointers claimed the lead for good and jumpstarted a 46-21 Amherst run to close out the half. The Jeffs forced 20 first-half Lion turnovers and made 13 steals toward a 56-33 advantage at the break, Amherst's largest halftime margin this season.

Amherst continued to dominate in the second half, shooting 79.3% from the floor (23 for 29), including seven 3-pointers. Junior Chris Ingraham (Tuscon, AZ) registered nine of his 11 second half points off four consecutive baskets in a solo run halfway through the period. A lay-up by junior Chris Smith (Swarthmore, PA) gave the Jeffs their biggest lead of the night, a 46-point advantage at 104-58 with 8:17 left on the clock. Fourteen players contributed to the victory, including four in double-figures, led by Pavelski's 20. Sophomore Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA) nabbed five of the Jeffs' 21 steals and four of their 29 assists.

Advancing to the semifinals, Amherst faced a fast-paced Keene State team, complemented by its raucous and numerous fans and cheerleaders. An early 12-0 run sparked by nine Pat Mulvey (Rye, NH) points put the Jeffs on top by seven, 16-9, with 11:23 to play in the first, but the Owls chipped away until they reclaimed the lead, 30-29, with a 15-2 run late in the half as Amherst went cold from the floor for a five minute span. Keene State entered the locker room with a 42-35 advantage over the Jeffs.

The Owls jumped out to a 12-point lead early in the second, whereupon Amherst's senior leadership powered a 15-2 run behind Pavelski, Julian "Bubba" Rowand (Washington, DC) and All-NESCAC and All-ECAC center Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA). While the Jeffs' lead lasted only 15 seconds, Amherst continued to battle, tying the match at 71-71 with 5:59 to play on a Josh Anish (Huntingdon, PA) drive. But solid free throw shooting down the stretch closed the game and Amherst's season with an 88-81 loss. Mulvey concluded his sophomore season with a game-high 26-point performance that included six 3-pointers.

Pavelski, Rowand and Skorupski conclude their careers with an 80-25 record in four post-season appearances, including an NCAA showing in 1997 and back-to-back ECAC titles in 1995 and 1996. All three finish among Amherst's all-time scoring leaders as Rowand compiled 713 points for 29th, Skorupski's 810 puts him in 21st place and Pavelski's 1,399 points makes the forward 6th among career scoring leaders. He is also 2nd on the 3-point field goal list with 190.

No.	Name				ppg	rpg	apg
12	Pat Mulvey '00		14.4	  3.2	  2.0
41	John Pavelski '98		14.3	  5.4	  1.4
32	Billy Skorupski '98		13.6	  8.4	  1.3
31	Chris Ingraham '99		10.3	  3.8	  1.3
23	Hugh Quattlebaum '00	  9.0	  3.4	  1.2
4	Julian Rowand '98		  7.5	  4.2	  1.7
11	Caith Chapman '99		  6.3	  1.9	  2.6
44/34	Josh Anish '99		  4.5	  2.5	  0.8
30	Chris Smith '00		  4.3	  1.8	  0.5
40	Charles Field '99		  2.8	  1.6	  0.2
22	Erik Kelly '01			  2.8	  0.8	  0.5
5	Mark MacLeod '99		  2.3	  1.0	  1.4
15	Brian Daoust '01		  2.1	  0.6	  1.4
10	Abe Sexson '01		  2.1	  1.0	  0.0
3	Peter Denby '00		  1.2	  0.8	  0.5
Amherst Totals			87.1	40.7	14.9
Opponent Totals			74.8	39.5	11.2

Final Record: 20-5, 6-4 NESCAC		High Scorer		High Rebounder
Last Week: ECAC Tournament: No. 1 seed
		No. 8 Emerson, W 122-86	Pavelski 22		Smith 6
		No. 5 Keene State, L 81-88	Mulvey 26		Pavelski 7

 Indoor Track Races at ECACs

Men's and women's indoor track competed at the ECAC Championships in their final races before Nationals, scheduled for this weekend at Brandeis University. The women claimed an 11th place finish behind a series of spectacular performances, most notably yet another record-breaking and NCAA automatic qualifying performance by Nicole Campbell (Brooklyn, NY) in the triple jump. The sophomore proclaimed herself ECAC Champion with a 38'4" jump, almost a foot farther than last week and over two feet past her personal best from a year ago.

Rachael Holloway (Lake Oswego, OR) will join Campbell at NCAAs after her 59.23 in the 400 clocked the co-captain an invitation and a school record. Fellow captain Michelle Boyle (Cohassett, MA) closed out her career with a school-record 2671 score in the pentathalon for 7th place after setting personal bests in her final three events, and rookie Courtney Jennings (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) set a freshman best with a 2:22.53 in the 800.

The men claimed 20th place with 11 points. A 5th place finish in the 1500 by Allen Nunnally (Stoneham, MA) highlighted the men's meet with a personal best of 4:01.20. Likewise, co-captain Rob Schur (Wichita, KS) concluded his career with a season-best 44'9" shot put throw.

While he did not compete this week, junior co-captain Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) was named the Regional Athlete of the Year by vote of New England coaches. The three-time All-American will compete in both the 800 and the 1500 at Nationals this weekend.

Last Week: 	ECAC Championship at Brandeis: men 20th (11 points), women 11th (15 points)
This Week: 	Fri-Sat Mar 13-14 NCAA Championships at Brandeis

 Fall Footnotes...

David Nardolillo (Albany, NY) has been named the winner of the DeOrmand "Tuss" McLaughry Award, given annually by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame to the most outstanding scholar-athlete in college football. This is the fourth time in five years that a Lord Jeff has claimed this honor. Nardolillo is also a member of the District I GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America and Academic All-NESCAC teams.

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