Crippled by a porous defense, the men’s lacrosse team suffered a brutal end to a frustrating season, losing 19-9 to top-seeded Middlebury in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament last weekend. Plagued by inexperience, erratic play and an inability to win tight games, the Jeffs finished the spring campaign at 5-10 (3-7 NESCAC).
Softball wrapped up their regular season in dramatic fashion, scoring eight runs in the top of the seventh to beat Keene State in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The team fell to the Owls 5-3 in the early game and crushed Elms earlier in the week to end up with a 24-12 record.
The Jeffs jumped all over Elms in the midweek game, scoring nine runs in the first three innings before adding one in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule in their final home game. Caroline Sealander ’15 held the Blazers to three hits for a complete-game, 10-2 victory.
The top-ranked women’s tennis team was put to the test on Sunday when they traveled to face third-ranked Middlebury. The Lady Jeffs were able to squeeze out the win, 5-4, and end their regular season undefeated in DIII play.
Amherst snagged two of the three doubles matches as Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14 finished their season undefeated as a doubles pair, beating Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping, 8-3. Caroline Richman ’13 and Safaa Aly ’15 notched the other win for Amherst as they easily defeated Margot Marchese and Lauren Amos.
The Amherst track & field team competed at the NESCAC Outdoor Championships on Saturday, April 27 at Tufts University. The men finished sixth out of 13 teams, while the women were eighth out of 11. Host Tufts captured the team title on both sides.
Despite the team’s low overall placing, the Lady Jeffs had some strong performances. Senior captain Lauren Almeida won the competitive 1500-meter, finishing a mere one hundredths of a second ahead of second-place runner, Brianne Mirecki from Williams.
In their final event of the 2013 season, the Men’s golf team suffered a heartbreaking loss at the Little Three Championship last Wednesday.
Competing against Wesleyan and Williams in a distinctive one-day format, Amherst finished the day tied with their archrivals at six points apiece, but lost the title based on a tiebreaker. It was a disappointing finish for the Jeffs, who broke the Ephs’ 14-year Little Three winning streak last season and were looking to build a streak of their own.
Coming into the weekend series with Wesleyan, it wasn’t much of a secret that the Jeffs owned one of the toughest pitching staffs in the league.