The men’s hockey team has skated to an impressive start to the season, compiling a 12-3-1 record (9-1-0 NESCAC) to surge to the top of the conference standings. The Jeffs are currently tied with Bowdoin (8-2-2 NESCAC) in the race for the No. 1 seed, but Amherst holds two games in hand.

Before a 3-0 loss to Utica on Saturday, the Jeffs collected a 12-2-1 record in their first 15 games. The 25 points accumulated in that span marked the program’s highest point total through 15 games since the 1998-99 season.

With solid team defense, stellar goaltending and a healthy dose of grit, the men’s hockey team earned two hard-fought victories this weekend, defeating Wesleyan 3-2 before edging out Trinity 2-1 on Sunday.

The team’s 5-1-0 record (3-0-0 NESCAC) marks the program’s best six-game start to a season since 2006.

The men’s hockey team has skated out to a strong start this season, compiling a 3-1-0 record over its first four games.
The Jeffs began this year’s winter campaign with a 2-0 victory over Hamilton two weekends ago, then sustained that momentum by thrashing Westfield State 8-1 the following Tuesday. This past weekend, Amherst competed in the Cape Cod Lighthouse Invitational (hosted by Babson). The Jeffs defeated Salem State 5-1 before suffering their first loss of the year to Hobart, falling 3-1 in the tournament finals.

On the heels of a 20-game winning streak, the women’s soccer team suffered its first ­­— and only — defeat of the 2011 season against top-ranked Messiah in the NCAA Quarterfinals last Sunday, losing by a 3-1 score. The No. 8 Jeffs finished the year with a sterling 20-1-0 overall mark, setting a program record for wins in a season.

After an undefeated regular season and a NESCAC championship victory over Williams, the Jeffs cruised through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, defeating both Castleton State and Misericordia by a 3-1 result.

The undefeated women’s soccer team continued its perfect season with NCAA Tournament wins over Castleton State and Misericordia this weekend, earning a pair of 3-1 victories to advance to the national Round of 16.

The Jeffs, the No. 8-ranked team in the country, secured the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance in three years. Amherst (19-0-0) will face Johns Hopkins (21-0-0) in a battle of undefeated heavyweights for a berth in the national quarterfinals.

After a grueling preseason of intense lifting workouts and breakneck skating drills, the men’s ice hockey team is looking to improve on last year’s 12-9-4 record and challenge for the NESCAC title this winter. The Jeffs start their campaign with a home tilt against Hamilton on Friday night.

Trailing 1-0 to Williams with just 7:30 remaining in the NESCAC championship final on Sunday, the Amherst women’s soccer team — despite outplaying the Ephs for long stretches — was teetering on the brink of a painful defeat.

The resilient Jeffs, however, staged a sensational comeback, netting two goals in the final minutes to secure a 2-1 victory. By capturing their first NESCAC title since 2003, the Jeffs (17-0-0) kept their perfect record intact, and also avenged last year’s championship loss to Williams, a 1-0 defeat that ended Amherst’s 2010 season.