After frigid temperatures delayed the team’s season-opener from Saturday to Sunday, the ninth-ranked Amherst men’s lacrosse team began their 2017 season with a home win against NESCAC foe Bowdoin. In a rematch of last year’s season opener, in which the purple and white narrowly held onto a 10-7 win, the home-field advantage proved useful for the hosts, who dominated the Polar Bears by a score of 17-12.
In their 2017 NESCAC tournament appearance, the Amherst men’s ice hockey team was unable to recreate last year’s Cinderella run to the championship game. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the purple and white were bumped from the first round of the NESCAC tournament after a 2-1 loss to archrival Williams. Just a week ago, the purple and white survived a close 1-0 victory over the Ephs at Orr Rink, but luck would not be on their side in Williamstown.
Ranked as the fourth- and fifth-seeded teams in tournament play, this was aptly predicted to be a nail-biter from start to finish.
The Amherst men’s hockey team closed out their regular season on a high note this week, with wins against NESCAC rivals Williams and Middlebury.
They conclude their regular season with a record of 14-6-3.
The purple and white played in front of packed stands on Friday night, Feb. 17, when they took on NESCAC leader and rival Williams and prevailed 1-0.
Tested early in the first period, Amherst’s standout goalie, Connor Girard ’18, made two huge saves to keep the game knotted at zero goals apiece.
The Amherst men’s ice hockey team hosted NESCAC rivals Trinity and Wesleyan on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28, respectively. Following their 10-goal demolition of Assumption College last week on Jan. 21., the team battled to overtime ties against both of their conference foes this weekend.
In December, the Cardinals blanked Amherst in a 3-0 victory, but the tables were turned on Friday night when the purple and white opened up the scoreboard in the second period with a goal from Austin Ho ’17 assisted by Joey Lupo ’20.
This January, the Amherst men’s ice hockey team caught fire, posting seven impressive wins over both conference and non-conference rivals. Following a rare stretch of losses to NESCAC opponents before the break, the purple and white went on a revenge tour that saw 33 goals for and just 10 goals against.
After an extremely successful start to the season, the Amherst men’s ice hockey team suffered two minor setbacks against NESCAC opponents. Despite notching two emotional wins over top 10 teams last week, the purple and white could not overcome Wesleyan and Trinity.
On Friday, Dec. 2, the purple and white were shutout for the first time this season against Wesleyan, 3-0. James Kline opened the scoring for the Cardinals with a goal on a six vs. four power-play in the second period.