The Amherst men’s ice hockey team traveled to Middlebury last Friday to play the Panthers, who were 1-3-2 going into the game. It was a tight game for almost 60 minutes, but the Jeffs managed to pull away in the third and achieve a 5-3 victory over their fellow NESCAC competitor. They followed that road trip with another bus ride to Williamstown, where they played the Ephs on Saturday. An equally close game, it was archrival Williams who managed to edge ahead in the third and defeat Amherst 4-3, improving to 5-2-1 on the year.

The women’s basketball team is off to a blazing start this season with an undefeated record. Going into the week, the Jeffs looked to defend their perfect record, ddtaking on Eastern Connecticut State on Thursday, Dec. 4 at home and Bridgewater State on Saturday, Dec. 6 on the road.

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After winning the Ken Wright Invitational Tournament and beginning the season at 4-0, the men’s basketball team earned a win against Emerson before falling to Brandeis at home this past week. With the Jeffs’ two most recent games, Amherst now stands at 5-1 on the young season.

On Saturday at home, the Jeffs exacted revenge on Emerson after the Lions were able to pull off the upset over Amherst last December.

The Amherst swim and dive teams split meets on Saturday at the Middlebury natatorium. The men won their matchup to pull their record up to 4-0 while the women could not quite hold on and suffered their first loss of the year, dropping to 3-1 on the season.

The Amherst indoor track season opened this weekend, with both the men’s and women’s teams competing at the Smith Winter Classic.

The men’s side was highlighted by strong performances from Nick Codola ’15 and Jamie Sandel ’17.

Codola earned the Jeffs’ lone first place finish on the day, finishing the 600-meter run in 1:23.65. Sandel followed closely behind, finishing fifth with a mark of 1:26.47.

Both were also members of the 4x400 relay team along with first-years David Ingraham and Harrison Haigood. The unit earned fourth-place, crossing the line at 3:35.09.

While much of the Amherst student body finished the fall semester and went off to enjoy the holidays, the men’s basketball team remained hard at work throughout December and the first few days of the new year to build momentum over the middle of the season’s slate of games.