It has been a trying month for the Amherst men’s basketball team. Heading into interterm as the number one team in the nation, the purple and white fell to No. 16 after multiple unexpected losses. The slump began with a crushing 71-70 loss to Springfield College, only a week after Amherst’s huge double overtime win against Babson College.

It was an exciting week for the Amherst men’s basketball team, as the team came away with three big wins, improving its overall record to 6-0. The purple and white hosted Westfield State University on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and, led by strong offensive performances from seniors Eric Conklin and Reid Berman, cruised past the Owls 84-59.

Amherst took control early, as consecutive three-pointers from Johnny McCarthy ’18 and Jeff Racy ’17 put the purple and white up 6-0. From there, Amherst went on two huge runs, sparked by clutch triples from Racy and Jayde Dawson ’18.

The 2016 season came to a heartbreaking end for the Amherst men’s soccer team last weekend, as the purple and white fell to Brandeis University in penalty kicks in the NCAA Sweet 16. After battling back from a one goal deficit and dominating the stat sheet, Amherst was unable to get the result that they deserved and advance in tournament play.

The Amherst men’s basketball team kicked off its season last weekend with the 16th annual Ken Wright ’52 Memorial Invitational Tournament. With two commanding wins over Green Mountain College and St. Lawrence University, the purple and white look poised to have yet another successful year.

The Amherst men’s soccer team is on course to repeat as Division III national champions. After being granted a bye in the first round of the tournament, the purple and white took on Daniel Webster College in the round of 32 at home on Sunday, Nov. 13. With a commanding 3-0 win, Amherst advanced to next weekend’s Sweet 16.

The Amherst men’s soccer team will head into the national tournament this weekend, looking to build on their 2015 championship title. The purple and white became the 2016 NESCAC champions after beating both Bowdoin and Hamilton, in the semifinals and finals respectively, on Hitchcock field this past weekend Nov. 5-6.

With two commanding wins over rival Trinity this past week, including a quarterfinal victor in the NESCAC tournament, the Amherst men’s soccer team is headed to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals.

Having finished the regular season at the top of the league standings with an impressive record of 8-1-1, the purple and white will host both the tournament semifinals and finals on Hitchcock Field.

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