This week in NESCAC play, the women’s ice hockey team swept Conn. College in a couple of weekend matchups. The pair of victories extended the team’s winning streak to five, as the Jeffs improved their record to 15-3 (9-1 NESCAC).

“I think our games this past weekend against Conn were a really great test for our team,” sophomore goalie Kerri Stuart said. “The NESCAC is a tough, competitive league, and at this stage in the season every conference game is vital for us.”

Reilly Horan ’13
Staff Writer

The Lord Jeffs wrapped up an impressive winter break on Thursday, Jan. 19, after facing some of their toughest opponents to date and flaunting their scoring depth once again. In their last three weeks of play, Amherst went 6-1. Last night, they upset current first-place team and defending national champions Norwich Univ., earning them an overall record of 13-3 (7-1 NESCAC).

Amherst traveled to Wesleyan this weekend and came home with a pair of NESCAC wins. “We played incredibly well this weekend and maintained momentum throughout all six periods,” tri-captain Stephanie Clegg said. “Goals were scored by a variety of people, which is very promising for the future.”

Women’s ice hockey holds a 3-1 record (2-0 NESCAC) after the first four games of their season. “I think we all feel good about how we played this past weekend,” tri-captain Geneva Lloyd ’13 said. “More importantly, we feel good about how much we’ve improved just in the last two weeks.”

The women’s ice hockey team, who posted a 19-6-2 (13-2-1 NESCAC) record last year, will look to a core of returning players and some fresh new faces as they work their way through a demanding schedule, including facing the top five teams in the current national Div. III poll.

The field hockey team ended its impressive postseason run on Sunday when they lost to Middlebury 1-0 at Skidmore in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

After earning their at-large NCAA bid last Sunday night, the Jeffs hosted Gwynedd-Mercy College on Wednesday and delt them a decisive 7-0 shutout. Sarah McCarrick ’12, Katie McMahon ’13 and Madeline Tank ’15 each contributed a pair of goals, with Krista Zsitvay ’14 rounding out the Jeff’s offense with the seventh.

In the past week of action, the Jeffs ended their NESCAC run with a loss to Middlebury while extending their post-season by earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

On Saturday, the Jeffs fell to the Panthers 2-1 in overtime in the NESCAC semifinal game at Bowdoin. Amherst kicked things off at the five-minute mark when senior Carly Dudzik took advantage of a penalty stroke, firing a shot past Middlebury goalie Becca Shaw to put the Jeffs on top, 1-0.