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Frank Perry, Peter Gooding; Tim Canon
Juniors Frank Perry and Tim Canon, with head coach Peter Gooding (center), hope to lead the Jeffs to their first NCAA Final Four appearance since 1997

Gannon Named NESCAC Rookie of the Year; Perry, Canon Earn Second-Team All-NESCAC Honors

November 14, 2002

AMHERST, MA For the third consecutive autumn, NESCAC Men's Soccer Rookie of the Year Honors have gone to a player from Amherst College. This season it's first-year forward Joe Gannon (Hanson, MA), who leads the NCAA Tournament-bound Jeffs in scoring with 27 points on nine goals and nine assists. The 2000 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, junior forward Frank Perry (Hartford, CT), joins Gannon as a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection, as does junior midfielder Tim Canon (Easthampton, MA). Both Perry and Canon are repeat Second-Team All-Conference selections.

An Amherst player was also named NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2001, current sophomore defender Andrew Syfu (Hobart, IN).

In just his first season at Amherst, Gannon is fourth in the NESCAC in assists per game (0.53), fifth in points per game (1.59) and eighth in goals per game (0.53). He earned NESCAC Player of the Week Honors on Monday, October 14, after combining for six points in a pair of respective conference wins over Connecticut and Colby Colleges. The rookie sharpshooter played perhaps his best game of the season on Wednesday, October 2 a 7-1 win over visiting non-league foe Springfield College when he notched his first career hat trick with a trio of first-half scoring strikes.

Perry is currently the Jeffs' fifth leading scorer with eight points on three goals and two assists and is rapidly emerging as one of the most decorated players in school history. While winning NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2000, Perry led Amherst with eight goals and 17 points and was the leading scorer among first-year players in the NESCAC (ninth overall). He was also selected Second-Team All-NESCAC and Fourth-Team NSCAA/Adidas All-New England as a junior, and is a key reserve on the Amherst men's basketball team.

Meanwhile, Canon has solidified his reputation as one of the top defensive players in the NESCAC, helping lead the Jeffs to a minuscule 0.93 goals against average (GAA), second only to Williams College's league-leading GAA of 0.76.

After advancing to the NESCAC title game with a 2-1 win at top-seeded Bowdoin College in the conference semifinals, the 12-4-1 Amherst men's soccer team has earned an at-large bid and a first-round bye in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. The Jeffs will open against 15-5-1 SUNY Cortland, which also drew a first-round bye, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at regional host St. Lawrence University.