Fueled by dynamic offensive play, the men’s soccer team defeated Husson Uni. and Eastern Connecticut State Univ. over the weekend to advance to the NCAA Round of 16.

The Jeffs made quick work of Husson, winning 4-0 and finishing with a decisive 27-5 shot advantage. The Braves could only muster two shots on goal, both of which Lennard Kovacs ’12 saved for the shutout.

The Jeffs found themselves in a difficult spot on semifinal Saturday. The NESCAC’s top seed and regular season champ was down 1-0 against Middlebury, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year and had participated in the last five championship games. But the Jeffs came back to win 2-1 in double overtime before dispatching Trinity 2-0 in the title game on Sunday.

The men’s soccer team had a crazy up-and-down week ­— and not only because of the weather.

After suffering their first loss of the season — a miserable 3-2 defeat to unheralded Conn. College — the Jeffs rebounded with a convincing 4-0 win over Colby in the NESCAC quarterfinals.

After enduring a grueling two-week span that included four key away NESCAC games, the men’s soccer team remains undefeated. After drawing with rival Williams, the Lord Jeffs proceeded to defeat Trinity, Colby and Bowdoin in succession. The No. 4 Jeffs (11-0-1, 7-0-1 NESCAC) have climbed into a first-place tie with No. 9 Wesleyan, setting up a blockbuster matchup between the two teams on Homecoming weekend.

The men’s soccer team capped a successful and busy week with three wins against Gordon, Tufts and Lesley, pushing their undefeated streak to eight games.

The Jeffs rode a quick start to a 4-1 victory against Gordon. Amherst opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Brendan Caslin ’14 finished a cross from Jae Heo ’14. It was the first goal of Caslin’s career.

The men’s soccer team gave Hamilton a rude welcoming to the NESCAC, defeating the Continentals 1-0 in the inaugural conference meeting between the two programs. Junior Spencer Noon’s 17th-minute goal provided all the offense the team would need.

Noon has been in top form of late. The forward has recorded goals in each of the last three games. This particular finish was a direct result of all the practice time the team has put in on the pitch.

The men’s soccer team had the kind of weekend they hope will define their season. The Lord Jeffs opened NESCAC play with a perfect 2-0 record, with wins over rivals Bates, 3-2 and Middlebury 3-0. Amherst was able to turn a fast start into a win in both games, but the way they did so could not have been more different.