In the wake of Saturday night’s Duke vs. North Carolina game, which saw the Tar Heels clinch the regular season ACC championship crown, the annual excitement of March Madness began. Now, on the dance’s doorstep, teams will compete in their conference tournaments to determine who gets the automatic bids and who has to romance the stone hoping for an at-large bid.

This past weekend, only one member of the Amherst women’s track and field team participated in competition. Senior Kiana Herold traveled to the Tufts Last Chance Invitational with the hope of qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships in high jump.

With Katherine Treanor ’20 and Abbey Asare-Bediako ’18 already qualified for NCAA Division III Championships in the 5,000-meter run and triple jump, respectively, Herold sought to become the third member of the purple and white’s squad to make the trip to Illinois.

After receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament, the Amherst men’s basketball team concluded their season with a heartbreaking 69-66 first-round loss to Keene State College on Friday, March 3.

The loss marks the first time in eight years that the purple and white have failed to advance to the round of 32.

Aware of the tournament’s single elimination format, both sides came out hard in the first half. Neither team distinguished themselves in the opening minutes, as no lead exceeded four points.

The Amherst women’s ice hockey team competed in the NESCAC Championship tournament last weekend, March 3-4. After a 2-0 win in the semifinals against Connecticut College on Saturday, the purple and white fell 4-1 to Middlebury on Sunday.

On Saturday, No. 5 Amherst traveled to Middlebury to play second-seeded Connecticut College in the NESCAC Championship semifinals. The team came away with a 2-0 win, marking the second consecutive shutout for goalie Sabrina Dobbins ’18.

In their 2017 NESCAC tournament appearance, the Amherst men’s ice hockey team was unable to recreate last year’s Cinderella run to the championship game. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the purple and white were bumped from the first round of the NESCAC tournament after a 2-1 loss to archrival Williams. Just a week ago, the purple and white survived a close 1-0 victory over the Ephs at Orr Rink, but luck would not be on their side in Williamstown.

Ranked as the fourth- and fifth-seeded teams in tournament play, this was aptly predicted to be a nail-biter from start to finish.

Amherst women’s squash picked up their seventh straight victory last Sunday en route to the program’s fourth Walker Cup title since 2009.

Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 saw two blowout victories for the purple and white against St. Lawrence University and William Smith College.

Sunday’s match proved more difficult, however, with Amherst clawing their way back to a 5-4 win over No. 17 Franklin and Marshall in the deciding match of the tournament.

The weekend started favorably for the purple and white, as they matched up with No. 23 St. Lawrence.

The Amherst men’s track and field team returned to Boston last weekend, Feb. 24 to Feb. 26, with a small mid-distance and distance contingent to compete at the Open New England Championship.

This meet pitted New England athletes across all three NCAA divisions against each other. The championship was held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, a banked track that often hosts collegiate and professional meets.

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