Amherst’s Smith Named NESCAC Player of Year

Senior defenseman Jim Smith of Amherst was named the 2000-01 NESCAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year.

Smith, a repeat first-team selection who led the Jeffs to the second seed in the
conference championship tournament, has tallied 34 points on 12 goals and 22 assists this season, while helping the Amherst defense post the second-best goals against average among NCAA Division III schools.

Senior forward Bobby Moss of Williams was also a repeat first-team selection. Moss scored a conference-best 24 goals and finished with 31 points. Senior forward Fred Perowne of Colby, a second-team selection last year, was named to the first team this year. He led Colby with 31 points, scoring nine goals and recording 22 assists.

Seniors Scott Goldman and Matt Skoglund of Middlebury earned first-team honors. Goldman, a forward, leads the Panthers in scoring with 36 points on 14 goals and 22 assists. Skoglund anchors the Panther defense that leads Division III with a 1.29 goals against average.

Senior Nick Rieser of Amherst was named the first-team goaltender. He has recorded a 1.92 goals against average with a 13-3-2 record and a 92.5 save percentage.

Adam Foote of Middlebury was named the 2000-01 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. The freshman forward leads the Panthers with 18 goals.

John Dunham of Trinity was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Bantams to a 12-4-1 league record, including a win over top-seeded Middlebury.

All-NESCAC First Team

Scott Goldman, Middlebury, Sr., F, (Doylestown, Pa.)
Bobby Moss, Williams, Sr., F, (North Reading, Mass.)
Fred Perowne, Colby, Sr., F, (King City, Ont.)
Matt Skoglund, Middlebury, Sr., D, (Winnetka, Ill.)
Jim Smith, Amherst, Sr., D, (Rochester, Minn.)
Nick Rieser, Amherst, Sr., G, (Northfield, Ill.)

All-NESCAC Second Team

Steve Cucinatti, Wesleyan, Sr., F, (Winchester, Mass.)
Mathew Greason, Trinity, Jr., F, (Bridgton, Maine)
Bob Miele, Amherst, Jr., F, (Woburn, Mass.)
Steve Aubuchon, Hamilton, So., D, (Gardner, Mass.)
Sean O’Grady, Colby, So., D, (London, Ont.)
Christian Carlsson, Middlebury, Jr., G, (Linkoping, Sweden)
Geoffrey Faulkner, Trinity, Jr., G, (Westerville, Ohio)

NESCAC Player of the Year: Jim Smith, Amherst
NESCAC Rookie of the Year: Adam Foote, Middlebury
NESCAC Coach of the Year: John Dunham, Trinity