In the past week of action, the Jeffs ended their NESCAC run with a loss to Middlebury while extending their post-season by earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

On Saturday, the Jeffs fell to the Panthers 2-1 in overtime in the NESCAC semifinal game at Bowdoin. Amherst kicked things off at the five-minute mark when senior Carly Dudzik took advantage of a penalty stroke, firing a shot past Middlebury goalie Becca Shaw to put the Jeffs on top, 1-0.

As the baseball cracked off the bat of David Freese in the ninth inning in Game 6 of the World Series, St. Louis Cardinals fans held their collective breath while watching the trajectory of a ball that represented the last, flimsy hope of an unforgettable season. Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, with a World Series championship falling towards him, inexplicably misplayed the fly ball, and as it found the outfield grass for a game-tying triple, the country sat in awe as the Busch Stadium crowd threatened to shatter the eardrums of every Missouri resident.

The Firedogs closed out their regular season this week with three victories, sweeping Smith and Hamilton and earning a close 3-2 win over Williams. The captains are happy with the team’s progress thus far, but Cristy Meier ’12 doesn’t think they’ve reached their full potential yet. KC Kanoff ’12 agrees: “We have been playing really well together these last few weeks, and it still feels like the best is yet to come.” The Firedogs are currently 20-6 (6-4 NESCAC).

It’s official: with Theo Epstein headed to the Cubs, Ben Cherington ’96 has taken over as the Red Sox General Manager. Epstein, who had unofficially resigned from his post three weeks ago, formally announced his departure last Sunday. Although Epstein’s move comes under sour circumstances, he took time to thank the city of Boston, taking out a full-page ad in The Boston Globe.

With heavy snow blitzing Hitchcock Field, the top-seeded women’s soccer team booted away the wintry conditions en route to a nerve-racking 3-2 overtime victory over eighth-seeded Bowdoin in the NESCAC quarterfinals.
The undefeated Jeffs (15-0-0), ranked No. 8 in the nation, averted a first-round scare to continue their remarkable winning streak.

After navigating past a dangerous Bowdoin side, Amherst will battle fifth-seeded Wesleyan this Saturday for a berth in the NESCAC championship game.

On a windy and rain-swept Saturday, the football team traveled to Tufts to take on the Jumbos in a matchup of teams bookending the NESCAC standings. While the Jeffs were looking to protect their undefeated record, the Jumbos were simply looking for a bright spot in a season that has yet to see them earn a victory. Those trends would not change on Saturday. Behind a furious ground attack and impressive defensive effort, the Jeffs ran all over their opponents, earning a 30-0 shutout to move to 6-0.

The men’s soccer team had a crazy up-and-down week ­— and not only because of the weather.

After suffering their first loss of the season — a miserable 3-2 defeat to unheralded Conn. College — the Jeffs rebounded with a convincing 4-0 win over Colby in the NESCAC quarterfinals.

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