The Amherst women’s cross country team traveled to rival territory this past weekend to participate in the Purple Valley Invitational. Out of a pool of 23 teams, which was expanded from the 17 that competed in the 2015 meet, the purple and white sped to a ninth place finish.

SUNY Geneseo took the title, with four runners finishing in the top-20 out of 274 runners. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and host-team Williams jockeyed for second and third, and the only other NESCAC to place above Amherst was a veteran-heavy Tufts team in fourth.

This past Sunday, Amherst kicked off their season at the University of Massachusetts Invitational, finishing seventh in the field. The 25th ranked Amherst women’s cross country team proudly returned this year after a strong 2015 campaign. Last fall, they competed in seven local and regional meets, including the University of Massachusetts Invitational, Little Threes and the Purple Valley Invitational.

On senior day, men’s lacrosse triumphed over longstanding rivals Williams to clinch a record of 11-2. It was a beautiful day in Amherst, and the purple and white looked to regroup from its loss to Tufts just one week earlier.

Seniors Dylan Park and Charlie Gill scored the first two goals, both unassisted, to give Amherst an early lead. Williams shot back to equalize with two goals of their own from Conor Roddy and Thomas Fowler. With 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter, junior Matt Killian snatched back the lead off an assist from Connor Crump ’16.

The Amherst men’s lacrosse team experienced another dramatic week of NESCAC play. They began their week with an important win against Connecticut College last Tuesday.

The Camels scored their first and only goal of the starting quarter off of an assisted goal. Quinn Moroney ’16 answered back with monstrous six assists to put the purple and white up 6-1.

By the end of a chaotic week of in-conference matchups, the Amherst men’s lacrosse team had claimed two important victories, one of which was over Colby. The purple and white outlasted the Mules to clinch the 12-9 win at home. The real story of the week, however, came just half a week earlier in a nail-biter against Wesleyan.

Following a thrilling loss to Middlebury that saw a near comeback in the fourth quarter, Amherst looked to regain their momentum against a tough Wesleyan team. However, they soon found themselves in a deficit, and had to claw themselves back into the game.

The Amherst men’s lacrosse team survived tough competition on their recent spring break trip to Florida. They played two gritty opponents during their week in sunny Orlando, seeing two nail biting matches against their toughest out of conference rivals.

An exciting weekend of competition at Yale ended in heartbreak last Sunday morning for the Amherst women’s squash team. The purple and white were dethroned as two-time Walker Cup Champions in the final match against their NESCAC opponent, Bates. The contest was a close one, with Amherst falling 5-4. Amherst had previously bested the Bobcats at the Pioneer Valley Invitational in January, a match that ended in a resounding 7-2 victory for the purple and white.

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