Athletics

2008-09 Milestones

NESCAC ChampsTEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Finished at 22-5-1 to set program record for wins in a season
  • Defeated Babson College, 4-1, to mark first NCAA Tournament win and first NCAA Tournament home game in program history
  • Advanced to NCAA Quarterfinals for second time in program history
  • Finished 16-2-1 in NESCAC standings to earn No. 1 seed in NESCAC Championship for first time in program history
  • Defeated No. 8 Tufts (4-1), No. 4 Trinity (3-0) and No. 2 Middlebury (5-2) in NESCAC Championship to mark first conference title in program history
  • Ranked #4 in final USCHO.com National Poll to mark highest national ranking in program history
  • Went on 14-game winning streak from Jan. 23 to Mar. 11, scoring at least three goals in each game
  • Went 2-0 against Middlebury to mark first wins over the Panthers since 1999-2000 season
  • Led Division III in scoring defense (1.46 goals/game) and penalty kill percentage (90.3)
  • Led NESCAC in combined special teams
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in power play percentage (24.1) and third in scoring offense (3.50 g/gm)

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Head Coach Jack Arena ’83

  • Named New England Hockey Writers ECAC East/NESCAC Coach of the Year
  • Named NESCAC Coach of the Year

Senior Defenseman Jeff Landers (Captain)

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Class of 2009 tied for most wins ever by an Amherst graduating class (62)
  • Named NESCAC Player of the Year
  • Named to All-NESCAC First Team
  • Named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 2
  • Named NESCAC Player of the Week on Feb. 9
  • Became Amherst’s first recipient of the Joe Concannon Award, which recognizes New England’s best American-born hockey player playing at the Division II-III level
  • Became Amherst’s first recipient of the Sid Watson Award, which honors the nation’s best Division III men’s hockey player
  • Named to RBK Hockey All-America East First Team
  • Named USCHO.com Division III National Player of the Year
  • Named to USCHO.com All-Star East First Team
  • Named New England Hockey Writers ECAC East/NESCAC Most Valuable Player
  • Named New England Hockey Writers ECAC East/NESCAC All-Star
  • Led Division III in defenseman points per game (1.50)
  • Led the NESCAC in points (42), assists (33) and power play points (20)
  • Finished tied for first in the NESCAC in power play goals (3) and tied for 18th in goals (9)
  • Scored team-high three game-winning goals
  • Finished career with 23 goals and 75 assists for 98 points

Senior Defenseman Shane Lennox

  • Named to NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team
  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Class of 2009 tied for most wins ever by an Amherst graduating class (62)
  • Finished career with four goals and 17 assists for 21 points

Senior Defenseman Rylan Burns

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Class of 2009 tied for most wins ever by an Amherst graduating class (62)
  • Finished career with 10 goals and 40 assists for 50 points

Senior Forward Will Collins

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Class of 2009 tied for most wins ever by an Amherst graduating class (62)
  • Finished tied for first in the NESCAC in shorthanded goals (2)
  • Scored team-high three game-winning goals
  • Finished career with 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points

Senior Forward Joel Covelli

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Class of 2009 tied for most wins ever by an Amherst graduating class (62)
  • Finished fifth in the NESCAC in assists (17), tied for 18th in power play points (9) and tied for 20th in points (21)
  • Finished career with 35 goals and 77 assists for 112 points (Joel had nine goals and 16 assists at Colby during the 2005-06 season)

Senior Forward Brendan Powers

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Class of 2009 tied for most wins ever by an Amherst graduating class (62)
  • Finished tied for eighth in the NESCAC in goals (12), tied for ninth in power play goals (5), tied for 11th in points (23) and tied for 18th in power play points (9)
  • Scored three game-winning goals
  • Finished career with 29 goals and 31 assists for 60 points

Senior Defenseman Femi Amurawaiye

  • Class of 2009 tied for most wins ever by an Amherst graduating class (62)
  • Finished career with eight goals and six assists for 14 points

Senior goaltender A.J. Scola

  • Class of 2009 tied for most wins ever by an Amherst graduating class (62)

Junior Forward Ted Vickers

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Finished tied for first in the NESCAC in power play goals (7), tied for sixth in power play points (12), tied for 10th in goals (11) and tied for 16th in points (22)
  • Scored team-high three game-winning goals

Junior Forward Jack Baer

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team

Junior Forward Keith Nelson

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Named to All-NESCAC First Team
  • Named NESCAC Player of the Week on Jan. 12
  • Finished third in the NESCAC in assists (20), tied for sixth in power play points (12) and tied for eighth in points (26)

Sophomore Goaltender Cole Anderson

  • Posted a .954 save percentage to best the previous NCAA Division III record of .946 that was set in 1999 by Niklas Sundberg of Plattsburgh State
  • Named to All-NESCAC First Team
  • Named to RBK Hockey All-America East First Team
  • Named to USCHO.com All-Star East Second Team
  • Named New England Hockey Writers ECAC East/NESCAC All-Star
  • Finished second in Division III in goals-against average (1.51) and save percentage (.954)
  • Posted a 10-4-1 record

Sophomore Goaltender Jonathan La Rose

  • Set a new Division III record for highest save percentage in a season (.956), besting the previous high of .946 that was set in 1999 by Niklas Sundberg of Plattsburgh State
  • Named to All-NESCAC Second Team
  • Named NESCAC Player of the Week on Mar. 9
  • Led Division III in goals-against average (1.39) and save percentage (.956)
  • Posted a 12-1-0 record to finish with the second highest winning percentage in Division III (.923)

Sophomore Forward Luke Arnold

  • Scored team-high three game-winning goals

First-year Forward Mark Colp

  • Finished tied for fourth in the NESCAC in power play points (13), tied for ninth in power play goals (5), tied for 15th in assists (13), tied for 16th in points (22) and tied for 18th in goals (9)