Last week, the Washington Nationals lost their fourth National League Division Series in the past six years, surrendering their early lead and serving up the Chicago Cubs’ third straight appearance in the National League Championship. As the Nationals choked away their chance for a D.C. team to make a conference final for the first time since 1998, an odd interpretation of an obscure rule helped them steal defeat from the jaws of victory. With two outs in the fifth inning and the Cubs leading by one, Javier Baez, as he is wont to do, swung and missed at an 0-2 slider in the dirt.

On a gorgeous day at Mt. Greylock, Williams’ home course, the Amherst women’s cross country team (43 points) placed second to the Ephs (20 points) at the annual Little Three Championships, defeating Wesleyan (69 points). This victory for Williams marks their 10th straight win at the Little Three Championships. As a result of their strong showing, Amherst moved up one place in the New England Region rankings to No. 7, while Williams retained their second-place regional ranking.

After a tough September fraught with heartbreaking losses, the Amherst women’s soccer team has begun to find their groove in the second half of the season. The Mammoths just completed a 2-0 week, with both wins coming against in-conference foes.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Mammoths took the field to face off against Colby. Amherst’s Mia Bongiorno ’19 had the lone goal in a closely contested match. Bongiorno scored her game-winning goal less than a minute before the halftime buzzer, and the Mules were unable to tie the score in the next 45 minutes.

Since 1988, Williams had emerged victorious at the annual Little Three Championship, a tri-meet between Amherst, Williams and Wesleyan. The Mammoths made history on Saturday when they defeated the Ephs by a score of 25-36 to break their archrivals’ 29-year winning streak.

Williams hosted the meet on their home course at Mt. Greylock High School, but due to construction, the course was different from years past.

However, it was the same course the harriers traversed at the Purple Valley Invitational in September.

Last week, the Amherst College men’s soccer team played three tough matches, with two of the three battles going into overtime. Recording two wins and one loss, the Mammoths are now 4-2-2 in NESCAC play and sit comfortably fourth in the league standings.

This past weekend, the Mammoths traveled to Maine for a doubleheader against Colby and Bates. Amherst suffered only their second loss of the season on Saturday, as the Mules managed to pull out a 2-1 overtime victory.

Continuing the momentum from their strong showing at the New England Regional Championship, Amherst men’s tennis had a great weekend at the MIT Invitational led by Zach Bessette ’19 and the doubles pair of Jayson Fung ’20 and Ethan Hillis ’21.

In the singles competition, Amherst represented three of the top fifteen seeds, with No. 5 seed Bessette, No. 11 Kevin Ma ’21 and No. 15 Sean Wei ’21. All three advanced to at least the round of 16, where they were joined by fellow Mammoth Nathan Kaplan ’20.

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team snapped a four-game losing streak this weekend with a NESCAC win over Williams.

Before facing off with Williams, however, the Firedogs endured two tough away losses against strong opponents: Clark University and Hamilton.

Against the Clark Cougars, Amherst played well in an evenly contested match, but dropped a tight first two sets and ultimately fell 3-1 (17-25, 21-25, 25-12, 20-25). In the third set, the Firedogs showed tenacity and grit to avoid the sweep.