After a loss to Tufts dropped the volleyball team to 1-3 in conference play, the Firedogs ripped off three straight wins en route to a 4-1 stretch that brought the team to 15-5 overall and .500 in the NESCAC. The Firedogs first reached .500 with impressive wins over Conn. College and Colby, and the team quickly bounced back from a loss to Bowdoin by shutting out Bates.

With two impressive weeks of golf, the women’s golf team put the finishing touches on what has been a remarkably successful fall season. The Lady Jeffs earned third place out of eleven teams at the Williams Fall Classic two weeks ago and followed up that performance by placing second in the year-end event, the Wellesley Invitational, this past weekend.

Amidst the recent media firestorm and with Theo Epstein all but out, the mess for the Red Sox has only just begun.

I’ve never been a particular fan of Red Sox owner John Henry. After what has gone on since the Red Sox epic 2011 collapse, however, my disdain has progressed to a slightly more pointed dislike. Sure, he’s saying and denying all the right things to the press now. But he has been at the center of plenty of controversy in the last three weeks, much of it having to do with two of the most prominent figures in Boston baseball history — both of whom are on their way out.

In perhaps the most exciting week so far for the field hockey team, the Jeffs beat Mount Holyoke in overtime on Wednesday night and stole a win from Tufts on Saturday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the Jeffs traveled to South Hadley and returned with a 4-3 victory, following a suspenseful overtime period. After a scoreless first half, Alex Philie ’14 got things started by converting a penalty corner into the team’s first goal, fed by Katie McMahon ’13. Mt. Holyoke answered minutes later when Shara Robertson scored on another corner.

Fueled by a punishing running attack and a tenacious defense, the football team pummeled Bowdoin 20-3 on a soggy Pratt Field last Saturday. The Jeffs improved to 2-0 with the victory, having beaten Bates 20-7 last week.

While the offense played solid, unspectacular football, it was the dominating defense that again paved the way to victory. The Jeffs tormented Bowdoin quarterback Grant White into throwing three interceptions, and held the Polar Bears to just 94 passing yards and 74 rushing yards — a miniscule 2.43 yards per play.

With two wins this weekend, the women’s soccer team matched the school record for best start to a season at 7-0-0 (5-0-0 NESCAC). The Jeffs beat Trinity and Tufts, both by scores of 2-0.

“I think a huge part of our success so far this season has been our team chemistry; we all have a common goal, to reach our collective potential and compete for every single game, and have bought into it 100 percent,” senior tri-captain Jess Wall said.

The men’s soccer team capped a successful and busy week with three wins against Gordon, Tufts and Lesley, pushing their undefeated streak to eight games.

The Jeffs rode a quick start to a 4-1 victory against Gordon. Amherst opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Brendan Caslin ’14 finished a cross from Jae Heo ’14. It was the first goal of Caslin’s career.

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