The Amherst men’s tennis team opened its season with a spring break trip to Florida, where the purple and white faced a daunting slate of 12 matches in seven days. However, the purple and white was more than up to the challenge, posting an impressive 11-1 mark on the week, with the sole loss coming at the hands of No. 1 Emory University.
The Amherst women’s indoor track and field team sent Katherine Treanor ’20, Abbey Asare-Bediako ’18 and Kiana Herold ’17 to compete at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 10-11. Held at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, the meet marked the final competition of the indoor season for the purple and white.
The Amherst women’s basketball won the Division III National Championship on March 17. The team posted four consecutive double-digit wins on their way to a 33-0 record, the program’s first undefeated season.
Ali Doswell ’17 was named Women’s Basketball College Association (WBCA) Division III Player of the Year and a D3hoops.com First Team All-American. After picking up NESCAC Coach of the Year honors the week prior, coach G.P. Gromacki was named both the Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coach of the Year and D3hoops.com Coach of the Year.
The Amherst women’s basketball team advanced to the third round of the Division III national tournament with two victories in LeFrak Gymnasium on Friday, March 3.
Entering the tournament undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country, Amherst swept aside Regis College 65-37 in Friday’s first round. The team then defeated No. 22 Mary Washington, 60-51, on Saturday.
Against Regis College, Amherst played solid defense right off the bat, allowing their opponents to only score two points in the opening quarter.
After several weeks of preseason, the Amherst women’s lacrosse team opened their season against NESCAC rival Bowdoin in Brunswick, ME. Originally scheduled for Saturday, March 4, the game was moved to Sunday due to dangerously cold temperatures on Saturday. No. 15 Amherst dropped a hard-fought battle to the Polar Bears in a 7-6 overtime loss.
Bowdoin was first to strike with a goal off a free position shot from senior Mettler Growney. From that point forward, the game was an exciting back-and-forth match up.
After frigid temperatures delayed the team’s season-opener from Saturday to Sunday, the ninth-ranked Amherst men’s lacrosse team began their 2017 season with a home win against NESCAC foe Bowdoin. In a rematch of last year’s season opener, in which the purple and white narrowly held onto a 10-7 win, the home-field advantage proved useful for the hosts, who dominated the Polar Bears by a score of 17-12.