The Lord Jeffs are coming off a 14-9 campaign, which is the best program record since 1977, that saw them finish 19th in the national rankings. They took home third place in the 2011 Summers Cup at the end of last season as part of the C Division, but they aim to return to the B Division this season, which means they will need to earn a rank between ninth and 16th nationally. If they succeed, the Jeffs will play in the Hoehn Cup in February, where they will hope to re-establish their place among the country’s elite programs.

The women’s ice hockey team, who posted a 19-6-2 (13-2-1 NESCAC) record last year, will look to a core of returning players and some fresh new faces as they work their way through a demanding schedule, including facing the top five teams in the current national Div. III poll.

After a grueling preseason of intense lifting workouts and breakneck skating drills, the men’s ice hockey team is looking to improve on last year’s 12-9-4 record and challenge for the NESCAC title this winter. The Jeffs start their campaign with a home tilt against Hamilton on Friday night.


This season marks head coach Erik Nedeau’s 15th year at the helm of the program, and this year will be the first time he is exclusively the head of the men’s team.

The Jeffs placed sixth at the NCAA championships last year with 18 points, which are both program bests. The men also had a strong showing at the ECAC championships, placing fourth of 53 teams.

The field hockey team ended its impressive postseason run on Sunday when they lost to Middlebury 1-0 at Skidmore in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

After earning their at-large NCAA bid last Sunday night, the Jeffs hosted Gwynedd-Mercy College on Wednesday and delt them a decisive 7-0 shutout. Sarah McCarrick ’12, Katie McMahon ’13 and Madeline Tank ’15 each contributed a pair of goals, with Krista Zsitvay ’14 rounding out the Jeff’s offense with the seventh.

Last week, I envisioned my first non-baseball column of the year as being fairly unremarkable, a way for me to buy time until a bigger and more exciting story came along. “Big,” yes. “Exciting,” not exactly. I’m referring, of course, to the ongoing scandal at Penn State, one that has shaken Happy Valley and the sports world to its very core.

Led by a third-place finish from Keri Lambert ’13, the women’s cross-country team took fourth place at the NCAA New England Regionals held Saturday at Bowdoin, earning an at-large bid to the National Championships in the process.

On the men’s side, Andrew Erskine ’13 individually qualified for the Championships in finishing sixth, while the team had a strong eighth-place showing.