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Sophomore Andrew Syfu helped lead a defense that surrendered just 17 goals in 19 games

Canon, Syfu & Gannon Earn NSCAA/adidas All-New England Honors

December 13, 2002

AMHERST, MA - After advancing to the NESCAC Tournament title game and to its first NCAA Regional final since 1997, Amherst College placed three players on the NSCAA/adidas All-New England Menís Soccer Team on Friday - junior midfielder Tim Canon (Easthampton, MA), a first-team selection, sophomore defender Andrew Syfu (Hobart, IN), a third-team pick, and NESCAC Rookie of the Year Joe Gannon (Hanson, MA), a fourth-team honoree.

Canon earned Second-Team All-NESCAC honors for the second consecutive season this fall, solidifying his reputation as one of the top defensive players in the conference. He helped lead the Jeffs to a minuscule 0.88 goals against average (GAA), second only to Williams Collegeís league-leading GAA of 0.74, and finished the season with a goal and three assists.

Syfu was the 2001 NESCAC Rookie of the Year - the second of three straight Amherst players to win the award - after playing every minute of his freshman season. As a sophomore in 2002, Syfu joined Canon in stifling opposing offenses, allowing just 17 goals in 19 games.

Gannon, a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection in addition to earning league Rookie of the Year honors, finished fourth in the conference in assists (0.47 per game), sixth in points (1.53 per game) and seventh in goals (0.53 per game). 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.

After advancing to the NESCAC title game with a 2-1 win at top-seeded Bowdoin College in the conference tournament semifinals, Amherst earned an at-large bid and a first-round bye in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, where they advanced to the Northeast Regional Championship game with a 1-0 second-round win over SUNY Cortland. Along the way the Jeffs claimed the outright Little Three Championship, thanks to regular-season shutout wins over Wesleyan and Williams, and finished their season with a 13-5-1 record.