This past weekend, Amherst Men’s Soccer travelled to Maine and notched back-to-back victories to extend their unbeaten streak to 31 games and improve their record to 9-0-2 (7-0-2 in the NESAC) on the season.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Jeffs faced a Colby team that was winless in the NESCAC entering play but had just come off a tough 1-0 loss in double overtime to Wesleyan and a dominant 5-0 victory in a non-conference matchup against Maine-Farmington in the week prior to the Jeffs-Mules game.

Today, Peggy McKay Shinn ’85 is known for her achievements in journalism and her sports enthusiasm — she is a four-time Harold Hirsch award winner and contributor to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Mountain Sports and Living and the Boston Globe, just to name a few.

In their last tournament of the fall season, the Jeffs placed ninth at the ECAC New England Division III Championships last weekend. Although not their best result, the team still put forth a strong showing. First-year Liam Fine led the Jeffs and has been a consistent force on the team throughout the season.

Fine finished with a two round score of 161, allowing him to place ninth overall.

Debby Applegate ’89 began her relationship with fellow Amherst College alum Henry Ward Beecher as a student employee in Frost Library’s Archives & Special Collections Department. It was love at first sight: a love, in fact, that would span more than 20 years. Applegate recalls, “Henry was so open-minded and so open-hearted … He was funny and lovable, an example of an average American who rose to fame.” And, although their age difference was quite large (Beecher was a graduate of the class of 1834), Applegate made it work, winning the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography in the process.

Sonya Clark ’89, award-winning artist and designer, is always making art. As the current chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Clark finds that everyday conversations with both students and colleagues, whether or not they concern art specifically, contribute significantly to her artwork.

Ever since losing to archrival Williams College in late September, the Firedogs have been playing exceptional volleyball, winning five matches in row. Amherst has been so dominant that they have only lost one game during that stretch of matches to go 15-1 in games.

The Firedogs fired on all cylinders last week led by first-year Maggie Danner. She was named NESCAC player of the week and led Amherst with a .407 hitting percentage during their sweep of last week’s opponents.

Asked to reflect on her most memorable moments at Amherst, writer Lauren Groff ’01 immediately recalled one cold spring morning at crew practice when coach Bill Stekl gave her the motivation she needed to start rowing for the day.