This past weekend, the men’s squash team travelled to Cambridge, Mass. to participate in the CSA Team Championship, hosted by perennial powerhouse Harvard. Pitted against a trio of tough opponents, the purple and white failed to tally a victory, losing to NESCAC foes Middlebury and Colby as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Facing off against the 17th-ranked Panthers for the second time this season, Amherst again was swept 9-0. Although Amherst only suffered a trio of three-set defeats, the result of the match was never truly in doubt.
The Amherst women’s track and field team competed in the two-day Division III New England Championship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this weekend, finishing 11th out of a talented 29-team pool.
The squad showed well in the sprint and mid-distance events. Abbey Asare-Bediako ’18 clocked in a time of 8.09 seconds to claim ninth in the 60-meter dash. Sophmore Rubii Tamen finished 15th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.43 minutes. Julia Asin ’19 continued a strong season with her 11th place finish in the 600-meter run (1:41.97).
In the wake of one of the best Super Bowls of all time, there comes this lull in sport action. The time between the end of the NFL season and the beginning of March Madness, also known as February, allows us sports fans to check out some of the lesser-known competitions.
The Amherst men’s track team returned to Tufts University to compete at the DIII New England Championships last weekend, Feb. 17-19. The meet required qualifying standards for all individual events, and the competitive races pitted the best DIII athletes in New England against each other. By the conclusion of the meet, the purple and white had earned 13 points for a 15th-place finish as a team.
Elijah Ngbokoli ’20 kicked off the meet for Amherst, placing 19th in the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.21 seconds.
This past Sunday, members of the Amherst women’s swim and dive team had one last chance to meet NCAA Division III qualifying standards at the February Invite hosted by Wesleyan in Middletown, Conn.
At the meet, three female swimmers for the purple and white managed to glide to national qualifying times. With a final time of 56.88 in the 100-meter fly, Geralyn Lam ’18 managed to extend her season and earn herself a spot on the Amherst squad headed to Texas for the national championship.
Saturday marked the beginning of the NESCAC women’s basketball championships. Amherst entered the game as the top seed in the tournament. The purple and white hosted eighth-seeded Bates in Lefrak Gymnasium just minutes after the Amherst men were upset by Williams in their first-round matchup. The last time the Bates and Amherst women met, several weeks ago, the purple and white beat the Bobcats 75-37.
The Amherst men’s hockey team closed out their regular season on a high note this week, with wins against NESCAC rivals Williams and Middlebury.
They conclude their regular season with a record of 14-6-3.
The purple and white played in front of packed stands on Friday night, Feb. 17, when they took on NESCAC leader and rival Williams and prevailed 1-0.
Tested early in the first period, Amherst’s standout goalie, Connor Girard ’18, made two huge saves to keep the game knotted at zero goals apiece.