A Year for the Record Books

Contact: Justin Long

AMHERST, Mass. - From the football team completing a perfect season at Williams, to five individuals earning NCAA titles on the final day of spring competition, the Lord Jeffs had plenty to be proud of these past 10 months. In case you missed out on the action, here's a crash course on Amherst's 2011-12 athletics year.

FALL - Three teams won NESCAC titles for the first time in any season in school history, while four competed in their respective NCAA championships. The Lord Jeffs were a combined 82-15-2 (.838), including 14-5 in the postseason. Notably, the football, field hockey, men's soccer and women's soccer teams were a combined 59-7-2 (.882) and each set or tied a program record for wins in a season. Three student-athletes were named NESCAC Player of the Year, with nine earning All-America status. Amherst landed in third place in the Directors' Cup final fall standings with its second highest point total in 17 years. FALL TEAM SUMMARIES
WINTER - Not to be outdone, the winter teams added another three NESCAC titles and featured three National Players of the Year. The only school to compete in all four basketball and hockey NCAA tournaments, Amherst remained in third place in the Directors’ Cup by leading Division III with 390.75 winter points. The Jeffs were a combined 141-36-2 (.793), with the basketball and hockey teams notably posting a 50-3-1 record in NESCAC play (.935). Home court advantage was the real deal, as the men’s hockey, men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams were a combined 45-0 in front of home crowds. WINTER TEAM SUMMARIES
SPRING - With two more NESCAC titles and six teams competing in NCAA championships, Amherst finished fourth in the Directors’ Cup with a school-record 950.75 points. The Jeffs were 130-36 (.783) during the spring, giving them a 353-88-4 (.798) mark for the year. Five individuals were crowned NCAA champs on the final day of competition, as Amherst became the first DIII school to claim both men’s and women’s tennis doubles titles in the same year. Amherst’s eight NESCAC titles led the conference and marked a new school record, making 2011-12 arguably the most successful athletics year in Lord Jeff history. SPRING TEAM SUMMARIES

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