Frustrated by a tough opposing goaltender, the men’s hockey team ended its season in gut-wrenching fashion, suffering a 4-3 loss to Middlebury in the NESCAC Quarterfinals at Orr Rink last Saturday.
The Jeffs (15-7-3, 11-5-2 NESCAC) mounted a furious comeback in the dying minutes —scoring twice in the final 2:47 to close the deficit from 4-1 to 4-3 — but the spirited rally provided little consolation in the dejected postgame locker room.
“When a season ends there are no moral victories,” head coach Jack Arena said. “The guys were devastated.”
After a gut-wrenching 4-2 loss to Williams on Friday, the men’s hockey team rebounded to a thrilling 5-3 comeback win over Middlebury in the regular season finale last Saturday. With the victory, the Jeffs (15-6-3, 11-5-2 NESCAC) clinched home-ice advantage in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinals. As the No. 4 seed, the Jeffs have earned a rematch with No. 5 Middlebury (12-10-2, 11-5-2 NESCAC) at Orr Rink this Saturday at 1 p.m.
Bolstered by tenacious forechecking and surging offensive production, the men’s hockey team cruised to a pair of easy victories last weekend, defeating NESCAC bottom-feeders Conn. College 4-2 and Tufts 6-1.
The Jeffs (14-5-3, 10-4-2 NESCAC) are now preparing for the most pivotal regular season weekend of the year — a home doubleheader against Williams and Middlebury, two of Amherst’s most competitive rivals in hockey.
Propelled by an early four-goal outburst and a virtuoso 37-save performance from goaltender Nathan Corey ’13, the men’s hockey team skated to an impressive 6-3 win at Bowdoin last Friday. The Jeffs (12-5-3, 8-4-2 NESCAC, No. 11 in the country) matched a season-high by scoring six goals against the No. 2 Polar Bears (17-2-1, 11-2-1 NESCAC).
Perhaps still suffering from an NCAA Frozen Four hangover last winter, the men’s hockey team continued its maddeningly inconsistent season by splitting a home doubleheader this past weekend. The Jeffs posted a solid 3-1 win over Wesleyan on Friday night before collapsing in a 7-4 loss to Trinity on Saturday.
The weekend’s results moved the Jeffs’ record to 11-5-2 (7-4-1 NESCAC), dropping Amherst to fifth place in the NESCAC standings, behind Bowdoin, Williams, Middlebury and Trinity.
The men’s hockey team battled through a pair of tight games last weekend, eking past Wesleyan 3-2 on Friday before falling to Trinity 1-0 on Saturday. After surging into the NCAA Frozen Four last winter, the Jeffs (4-2-1, 3-1-0 NESCAC) are still trying to piece together consistent, 60-minute performances on the ice in the early season. Despite securing a 3-2 road win at Wesleyan (3-3-1, 1-2-1 NESCAC) in a crucial rivalry matchup, many players were disappointed in the team’s overall performance, describing it as lethargic and uninspired.
Soccer can be a cruel sport, a game in which it’s often better to be lucky than good.
Derailed by five shots off the crossbar, the men’s soccer team suffered a devastating loss to Williams in the NCAA Quarterfinals last Sunday, battling to a 0-0 tie in regulation before falling 4-3 in penalty kicks.
Amherst (17-0-3) controlled play for the majority of the contest — outshooting the Ephs 23-7 and peppering the Williams’ box with corner kicks and long throw-ins all afternoon — but inexplicably failed to find the back of the net.