When asked about his team’s quarterfinal victory this weekend, Amherst men’s ice hockey coach Jack Arena’s face was overwhelmed by his joyful grin. “It was crazy. Just crazy,” he said, shaking his head. Arena could be referring to many things about the game — the fact that sixth-seeded Amherst took down third-seeded Bowdoin, 8-5, the fact that the purple and white tallied six goals in the third period, or the fact that they fought back from a 3-0 deficit early in the game. The final period was surreal for the Amherst team, who put as many pucks in the net as saved shots on goal.

Q: How did you first become interested in mathematics?
A: I declared sometime toward the end of sophomore year, but I think I realized I wanted to be a math major at the beginning of sophomore year.

The impossible happened: Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar and the Academy owned up to its lack of diversity. The #OscarsSoWhite controversy emerged in the last couple of years, but the issue became even more pertinent this year when there were no actors of color nominated. After Neil Patrick Harris danced around the subject last year, the Academy chose straight-shooter Chris Rock to be this year’s host. When it was first announced that he would be hosting the Oscars for the second time, everyone knew Rock wouldn’t keep quiet about the Academy’s lack of diversity.

The Amherst men’s indoor track & field team placed tied for 21st overall at the two-day NEICAAA Championships hosted by Boston University this weekend.

The Amherst women’s hockey team has advanced to the NESCAC semifinals this weekend, thanks to an overtime goal from first-year Katelyn Pantera on Saturday in the win over Bowdoin. The purple and white defeated the Polar Bears at Orr Rink in a thrilling NESCAC quarterfinal game on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Men’s basketball faced tough competition in the NESCAC tournament last weekend, where they won an exciting matchup over Tufts last Saturday and then dropped a close game to fourth-seeded Middlebury in the championship game on Sunday. This performance by the 13th-ranked purple and white was enough to earn them an at-large bid for their 18th appearance in the NCAA tournament, their sixth-straight since 2011.

Last weekend, the Amherst women’s track and field team competed in the two-day NEICAAA Championships at Boston University last Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, Amherst had two runners featured in the preliminaries of the 400-meter dash. Both senior Victoria Hensley and first-year Julia Asin competed in the event. Hensley finished with a time of 58.45 seconds and Asin with a time of 59.45.

Hensley’s time broke the indoor school record for the 400-meter dash previously held by All-American Naomi Bates ’14 with a time of 58.61.