Feb. 3, 2008. As America watched, the New York Giants accomplished the unthinkable. Making the vaunted Patriots offense — the same offense that had put together the best season in NFL history — look decidedly average, the Giants defense gave Eli Manning, then regarded as overrated, a chance late in the fourth quarter. The rest is history. The biggest pro sports upset in recent memory left quite a psychological mark on a — dare I admit it? — entitled Boston fan base fresh off three championships in four years.

While an 8-1 loss to No. 12 Middlebury evoked shades of a similarly feeble performance earlier in the season, the men’s squash team managed to put together a solid weekend of play, finishing 3-1 and earning fifth place at the NESCAC Championships.

Although they’ve already played 22 regular season games, traveled to Las Vegas and back, won by 70 points in a single game and had two players eclipse the 1000-point barrier, the women’s basketball season is far from over.

And, even though they haven’t lost a game since Jan. 11, 2011 (41 games) or at home since Jan. 31, 2009 (58 games), this team’s success will be measured by what starts now. With two home games remaining before the NESCAC and NCAA tournaments, the Jeffs are about to see what they are really made of.

On Jan. 18, Amherst College students, student-athletes, faculty and coaches traveled to Crocker Farms Elementary School to participate in the second annual Amherst College Day.

“The thrust of Amherst College Day is to tell kids from grades 3-6 that college is more than just a possibility,” Angela Mills (one of the organizers of the event and wife of Amherst’s head football coach EJ Mills) explained.

“They emphasized that places like Amherst are really special because they make schooling affordable and accessible, even for students with financial constraints.”

Last weekend, red-hot women’s ice hockey extended their winning streak to seven after sweeping Williams on their own ice. “Our younger players stepped up and put us on the scoreboard,” senior tri-captain Stephanie Clegg said. “We outplayed Williams and received significant contributions from our rookies, making us an even stronger and deeper team.

The women’s and men’s track teams won their respective invitational meets this Saturday, with numerous members of both teams setting personal records.


The women won 12 events at the Smith’s Tartan Invitational for a convincing win. The Jeffs earned 278 points, followed by Smith with 156, Mt. Holyoke with 126 and Wellesley with 69.

The Jeffs competed in the Middlebury Invitational against the Panthers, Williams and Springfield on Friday and Saturday before closing out their dual meet season on Sunday against Springfield.


Ashleigh Stoddart ’15 led the women with victories in the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events, besting 29 other swimmers in the 50. First years Sabrina Lee and Courtney Flynn won the 200 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, respectively. Katie Vincett ’13 led the field in the 100 free. Lee, Flynn, Vincett and Allison Merz ’14 made up the Jeffs’ winning 200 medley relay team.