The men’s hockey team has skated out to a strong start this season, compiling a 3-1-0 record over its first four games.
The Jeffs began this year’s winter campaign with a 2-0 victory over Hamilton two weekends ago, then sustained that momentum by thrashing Westfield State 8-1 the following Tuesday. This past weekend, Amherst competed in the Cape Cod Lighthouse Invitational (hosted by Babson). The Jeffs defeated Salem State 5-1 before suffering their first loss of the year to Hobart, falling 3-1 in the tournament finals.

On the heels of a 20-game winning streak, the women’s soccer team suffered its first ­­— and only — defeat of the 2011 season against top-ranked Messiah in the NCAA Quarterfinals last Sunday, losing by a 3-1 score. The No. 8 Jeffs finished the year with a sterling 20-1-0 overall mark, setting a program record for wins in a season.

After an undefeated regular season and a NESCAC championship victory over Williams, the Jeffs cruised through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, defeating both Castleton State and Misericordia by a 3-1 result.

One of the most successful seasons in men’s soccer history ended Nov. 19 in a tough 2-1 loss to the Stevens Institute of Technology in the NCAA Round of 16.

“I had such a great time coaching this team this season,” head caoch Justin Serpone said. “To go on a journey like that with such a special team is something I will cherish and remember for a long time.” Despite the loss, Serpone was proud of what his team achieved: “Winning our second NESCAC Championship and setting a program record for wins is an amazing accomplishment.”

Women

On Nov. 19 the women’s cross country squad finished 11th at the NCAA Championships in Winneconne, Wis.
The 12th-ranked Lord Jeffs finished behind fellow NESCAC teams Middlebury and Williams, the second- and third-place finishers, respectively, in the field of 32 teams.

Standout Keri Lambert ’13 led the Jeffs with a time of 21:12.68 in the 6 kilometer race, placing fifth individually and becoming the first Amherst top-ten finisher at NCAA in three years.

Looking to cap their undefeated season in style, Amherst’s football team (7-0) travelled to Williamstown on Saturday to take on their archrivals. Touted as the “Biggest Little Game in America,” the matchup would have had all the intensity of a playoff game even without the added stakes. A Lord Jeff victory would give Amherst the NESCAC Championship and perfect season, so the Ephs could not have been happier to get the chance to play spoiler.

Fueled by dynamic offensive play, the men’s soccer team defeated Husson Uni. and Eastern Connecticut State Univ. over the weekend to advance to the NCAA Round of 16.

The Jeffs made quick work of Husson, winning 4-0 and finishing with a decisive 27-5 shot advantage. The Braves could only muster two shots on goal, both of which Lennard Kovacs ’12 saved for the shutout.

The undefeated women’s soccer team continued its perfect season with NCAA Tournament wins over Castleton State and Misericordia this weekend, earning a pair of 3-1 victories to advance to the national Round of 16.

The Jeffs, the No. 8-ranked team in the country, secured the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance in three years. Amherst (19-0-0) will face Johns Hopkins (21-0-0) in a battle of undefeated heavyweights for a berth in the national quarterfinals.

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