The football team opened its season with a gritty road performance at Bates, bringing home a win to right the ship after losing the last game of the 2010 season to Williams.

While Amherst has a recent history of dominating the Bobcats, this game was competitive from the outset.

The men’s soccer team gave Hamilton a rude welcoming to the NESCAC, defeating the Continentals 1-0 in the inaugural conference meeting between the two programs. Junior Spencer Noon’s 17th-minute goal provided all the offense the team would need.

Noon has been in top form of late. The forward has recorded goals in each of the last three games. This particular finish was a direct result of all the practice time the team has put in on the pitch.

After romping past opponents in its first three matches, the women’s soccer team eked out two nail-biting victories last week to improve to 5-0-0 (3-0-0 NESCAC). The Jeffs upset No. 15 Springfield 1-0 last Wednesday before escaping with a 2-1 overtime win over Hamilton on Saturday. The two wins propelled the Jeffs to No. 18 in the national rankings.

Say what you will about the volleyball team, but it certainly know how to make things dramatic.

The Firedogs saved their best for last this weekend, storming back from a 2-0 deficit to stun Coast Guard, in five sets (13-25, 16-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-8) and finish the 2011 Amherst Classic on a high note. A day earlier, the ladies jumped ahead early en route to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-22) shutout of Brandeis.

Playing in just their second home game of the season against Brandeis, Amherst treated the crowd to a relatively comfortable victory.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on Friday that the start of training camps would be postponed indefinitely and cancelled 43 preseason games scheduled for October due to the on-going struggles to reach a labor agreement between the Players’ Association and the owners.

The Jeffs split this week’s matches, taking one from Springfield on Wednesday and dropping one to Hamilton on Saturday.

Junior Keri Lambert won her first collegiate meet on Saturday at Williams’ Purple Valley Classic, leading the women to a strong fourth-place finish, while the men’s team placed sixth, both out of fields of 16 teams.

Lambert “dominated a field of 202 runners, many of whom compete for some of the top Div. III programs in the country,” said coach John Adamson. She finished the 6k is 22:00 minutes — 26 seconds ahead of the closest runner. Averaging 5:54 per mile, Lambert was the only woman to post an average mile time under six minutes.

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