The Amherst men’s soccer team will head into the national tournament this weekend, looking to build on their 2015 championship title. The purple and white became the 2016 NESCAC champions after beating both Bowdoin and Hamilton, in the semifinals and finals respectively, on Hitchcock field this past weekend Nov. 5-6.

Division III women’s basketball national runners-up, the purple and white of Amherst, return to their home court this season, looking to dominate the NESCAC and into postseason once again. Last year, before falling to Thomas More in the NCAA championship finals, the team capured a NESCAC championship and finished the season with an impressive 30-2 overall record. The Amherst squad looks to start the season strong, as they return the majority of their starting lineup and add four newcomers.

After last season’s remarkable successes, including a 26-6 overall record, a second place at the NESCAC tournament and a berth in the NCAA Division III final four, the Amherst men’s basketball team heads into this season with high hopes.

Ever felt like you’re so close yet so far away? Sort of like the Val line on buff chick wrap day. You know there’s that glorious breaded chicken rolled into a cozy tortilla snuggie waiting only for your consumption. Patiently you wait — sometimes all by yourself with no conversation to distract you from the long wait. Finally, you round the bend. The wraps are in your line of sight, but hordes of people still stand in your way. Then, at long last, you stand at the front of the line.

Amherst women’s soccer took down Middlebury (2-0) on Saturday, Nov. 5 and then went on to defeat Trinity (3-2) on Sunday, Nov. 6 to claim the 2016 NESCAC championship.

After losing to Middlebury earlier in the season by just one goal, the purple and white were thirsty for revenge. It was revenge that they won, and on Sunday they clinched the long sought-after league championship title. This marks the first time the Amherst women’s soccer program has won the NESCAC championship since 2011.

The 2016-17 season came to an end this past Saturday for the Amherst volleyball team as they fell to the second seeded Middlebury 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-23) in the NESCAC semifinals. Top-seeded Tufts hosted the three-day conference tournament, which began Friday, Nov. 4 and concluded on Sunday, Nov. 6.