Looking to build off of a second place finish at the Springfield Invitational ten days ago, the Firedogs stumbled against a very talented Emerson squad that beat them 3-1 last Tuesday, in a match characterized by close games.

The match against Emerson, however, also signaled the emergence of first-year Nicole Gould who led Amherst with ten kills and believes that the Firedogs week of practice after the loss to Emerson helped Amherst a lot.

“We had a couple of great practices leading up to it, so we had a lot of momentum going into the tournament,” Gould said.

Robert Griffin III’s knee. Chip Kelly’s offense. The sports world buzzed about those topics before Monday night’s matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles. Robert Griffin III didn’t have a triumphant return from ACL surgery like Adrian Peterson last year. In fact, he looked uncomfortable in the pocket facing live action for the first time since the Redskins’ Jan. 9 loss to the Seahawks.

The Firedogs showed their talent and validated high expectations surrounding the program after opening their season with a second place finish at the Springfield College Invitational over the weekend. Coach Sue Everden believes that the team needs more time together to become a great team, but was very excited about the team’s g rowth over the course of the weekend.

“With only a week of practice before our first outing vs. very good competition, the Amherst squad needed and will continue to need more game time to gel,” Everden said.