Last weekend, the men’s golf team traveled to Wesleyan to compete in the NESCAC Championship Qualifier tournament.
The Jeffs were looking to build on their success last year when they placed third, earning a spot in the spring NESCAC Championship for the first time in team history.

The Jeffs started out the weekend quite strong, putting themselves in great position to qualify for the spring championship.
Their opening-day 301 was the third-lowest score, giving the Jeffs a two-shot lead over Middlebury and a three-shot cushion over Hamilton and Colby.

At the beginning of September, the Red Sox were a lock for a playoff spot. Three weeks later, after going 4-12 in September, their Wild Card lead reduced to three games, they still were, by any reasonable expectations. I myself proudly proclaimed that they would be just fine. Even on the season’s final day, when the Red Sox found themselves somehow tied with the Rays, it seemed easy enough. With Tampa Bay quickly falling behind 7-0 to the Yankees, all they had to do was beat the Orioles, the worst team in the American League, and they could avert any potential disaster.

After opening their season with a 3-6 loss to Williams, the women’s tennis team looked to rebound with a strong performance at the USTA/ITA New England Regional Tournament last weekend.

The Lady Jeffs headed to Bates for the event, which was unique in that each player competed individually, instead of as part of the team. After the departure of six key seniors from last year’s national runner-up squad, Amherst hoped to use the weekend as an indicator of how well they should match up against their NESCAC and Div. III rivals this year.

The volleyball team came back from a 2-1 deficit to finish the weekend on a high note Sunday, defeating Keene State 3-2 at Middlebury. In Saturday’s action, however, the Firedogs fell to a strong Middlebury team 3-0.

With Sunday’s win — their second over Keene this year — the team improved to 10-3 overall.

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.