Amherst Men's Hockey Lands League-High Four on All-Conference Teams

Senior co-captain Kyle Schoppel is just two points away from 100 for his career.
AMHERST, MA – The 2007-08 NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey All-Conference Team was announced this afternoon, and the Amherst College Lord Jeffs put a league-high four players on the squads. Senior co-captain Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON) was the lone Lord Jeff to grab First Team honors, while three teammates made the Second Team.

Schoppel, the 2005 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, is currently third on the team in scoring with 14 goals and seven assists for 21 points. Half of Schoppel’s team-high 14 tallies have come on special teams (5 PP, 2 SH), and two more scores will match his career-high mark of 16 from the 2004-05 season.

On Saturday, Schoppel and the Lord Jeffs will take on Middlebury in the NESCAC semifinals, in what will also be Schoppel’s 100th game with Amherst. Just two points in the contest will push him to the 100-point mark for his career.

Joining the senior leader and receiving honors this afternoon are juniors Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON), Jeff Landers (Hanover, MA) and first-year goaltender Jonathan LaRose (Boyle, AB).

Covelli made the Second Team this season after landing a spot on the 2006-07 First Team in his first season with the Lord Jeffs. Covelli is currently the Lord Jeffs' top point man with 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points. A transfer from Colby after his first year, Covelli paid immediate dividends for Amherst and will be a leader for the team next season.

Junior classmate Landers makes his debut on the NESCAC All-Conference Team this season after a breakout year. As a defender, Landers is second on the team in scoring with six goals and 16 assists for 22 points. Landers has matched his point total from last season already at this point, with conference tournament play still going on this weekend.

LaRose is one of just two first-years to nab an All-Conference nod this season, as he and Trinity first-year stopper Wes Vesprini split the goaltender spot on the Second Team. LaRose has appeared in 11 games for the Jeffs and posted an 8-1-1 mark, while turning away 92.9% of his shots faced. With a 2.13 goals-against-average, the first-year has made waves this season across the conference.

The fourth-seeded Jeffs will face No. 2 Middlebury at Colby College on Saturday at 4 p.m. with a spot in the NESCAC finals on the line.

Jonathan LaRose makes his All Conference debut
as a first-year this season.

2007-08 NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey All-Conference
* - 2006-07 All-Conference First Team
^ - 2006-07 All-Conference Second Team

First Team
F - T.J. Kelley (Colby – Sr.)
F - Josh Reber (Colby – Sr.) ^
F - Kyle Schoppel (Amherst – Sr.)

D - Arthur Fritch (Colby – Sr.) *
D - Tom Maldonado (Middlebury – Sr.) ^
G - Greg Parker (Conn. – So.) ^

Second Team

F - Joel Covelli (Amherst  - Jr.) *
F - Mickey Gilchrist (Middlebury – Sr.) ^
F - Brandon Jackmuff (Williams – Sr.)
D - Jeff Landers (Amherst – Jr.)
D - Mike Westerman (Bowdoin – Sr.)
G - Jonathan LaRose (Amherst – Fy.)
G - Wes Vesprini (Trinity – Fy.)

Player of the Year:
T.J. Kelley (Colby)
Rookie of the Year: Ryan Leary (Bowdoin)
Coach of the Year: Jim Tortorella (Colby)