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Frank Perry '04
All-NESCAC junior forward Frank Perry led the Jeffs with 11 points as a sophomore

Men's Soccer Set to Tackle Tough Schedule in 2002

September 10, 2002

The Amherst men's soccer team, consistently ranked among the top 20 teams nationally, looks to maintain its tradition of national prominence in 2002. The Jeffs return several All-NESCAC selections, including senior midfielder Dave Michener, who returns at full strength after suffering a season-ending injury in 2001. All-NESCAC junior forward Frank Perry, who led the squad with four goals and three assists for 11 points as a sophomore, will try to add an indicative third season to what has already been a stellar Amherst career. Perry was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2000, and was awarded fourth-team NSCAA/Adidas All-New England honors last season. Junior forward Tim Canon notched two goals and two assists en route to an All-NESCAC Team nod in 2001, and senior quad-captain midfielder Carlo Valdesolo tacked on three goals and four assists. Sophomore defender Andrew Syfu, 2001's NESCAC Rookie of the Year, will anchor the traditionally stringent Jeff backfield.

Senior quad-captain midfielders Chris Kane and Pat Garvey should finish out their Amherst careers on a strong note. 2001 saw Kane mount three goals and an assist, and Garvey was also good for two tallies. Juniors Jeff Cantwell, Vivian Johnson and A.J. Korytoski will be in the mix again this year for Amherst Korytoski rode a two-goal, three-assist season in 2001, Johnson made good on two goals and an assist, and Cantwell delivered on a goal and three assists.

The defense will bring experience to the table in 2002. Along with Syfu, who played every minute of the 2001 campaign, senior quad-captain defender Roger Boulay returns on the heels of a junior season that earned him two tallies. Juniors Mike York and Bradford Coffey will help muzzle opposing offenses, and senior John Holodnak will also patrol the Jeff backfield. There should be a healthy competition between first-year Greg Lockwood and sophomore Dan Glenn for the starting spot in goal.

Amherst will tackle one of the toughest Division III schedules in the nation with a gritty commitment of NESCAC competition and regional non-conference tilts against highly ranked squads. The Jeffs jumpsart the season with their home opener against Tufts University on Sept. 14, before hosting Keene State College and Bates College. The last week of September will see the squad travel to Babson College and Bowdoin College before returning home for a game against Springfield College on Oct. 2. The Jeffs will travel to Middlebury College before opening up a three-game homestand in the second week of October. Amherst will face off against Little Three rivals Wesleyan University and Williams College, before ending the regular season with away dates at Wheaton College and Trinity College. The NESCAC Tournament is slated for first-round action on Sunday, Nov. 3, with an automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament at stake.