2012 Fall Recap

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Best of 2012 Fall Semester

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Men's Soccer
The men’s soccer team never trailed in 2012, posting an unblemished 17-0-3 mark en route to a second-consecutive conference title. Allowing just one goal over its first 12 games, Amherst surrendered just three markers on the year, finishing the season ranked first nationally in goals-against average (0.15) and shutout percentage (0.85). Outscoring opponents 30-1 over the first eight games, the Jeffs tied then No. 17 Williams (0-0) on Oct. 6 in the first of three meetings this season. The archrivals met again in the NESCAC championship game with Amherst pulling out a 2-0 victory to secure its third league title and seventh straight NCAA berth. Earning a first round bye as one of the tournament’s top two seeds, the Jeffs cruised past Dickinson (4-0) and Swarthmore (2-1) to advance to the national quarterfinals, where they once again battled the Ephs to a 0-0 draw with Williams advancing on penalty kicks. Four Jeffs were named to the All-NESCAC team led by Spencer Noon ’13, who finished out his career as the program’s all-time leader in points (117) and goals (49). Noon also joined Julien Aoyama ’14 on the NSCAA All-America first team, with Chris Lerner ’13, Jae Heo ’14 and James Mooney ’13E earning All-Region accolades. READ MORE/TEAM PAGE

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Women's Soccer
Fresh off arguably the program’s best season, the women’s soccer team started out strong, going 6-0-1 over its first seven games, while outscoring opponents by a 19-1 margin. Suffering its first setback of the year on Oct. 6 against Williams, Amherst reeled off six wins to close out the regular season before securing a 1-0 victory over Colby in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. Falling to Bowdoin in penalty kicks in the semifinals, the Jeffs earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but lost to Lasell 3-1 in the opening round to close out the 2012 campaign with a 13-2-2 overall mark. Amanda Brisco ’14, Kathryn Nathan ’13 and Sandy Shepherd ’13 each earned a spot on the All-NESCAC first team, while Maya Jackson-Gibson ’15 rounded out the squad’s all-conference honorees. Piling on the postseason accolades, Nathan, Shepherd and Brisco also garnered NSCAA All-Region honors, with Nathan securing All-America recognition. Surpassing several milestones, the senior midfielder set the program’s single-season record for assists (11), while finishing her career tied for the school record in helpers with 23. Head coach Jen Hughes also reached a career benchmark, notching her 100th career victory with a 4-0 decision over Colby on Oct. 13. TEAM PAGE

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Football
Coming off its second undefeated season in three years, the football team jumped out to a quick start, defeating Hamilton (38-14) and Bowdoin (22-10) behind a potent rushing attack that opened the season averaging 308.5 yards per game. Amherst suffered its first setback with a 24-3 loss at Middlebury in Week 3, but rebounded with three-consecutive victories, which included a 17-9 triumph over Little III rival and previously unbeaten Wesleyan. Following a 32-20 loss to eventual league champion Trinity, the Jeffs welcomed archrival Williams on Nov. 10 for what would be the last game on Pratt Field’s historic turf. Trailing 20-10 after three quarters, Amherst scored 13 unanswered in the final frame to pull out a thrilling 23-20 victory over the Ephs, preserving the team’s winning record against Williams on Pratt (29-27-3) before the site undergoes a major renovation this offseason. Finishing with a 6-2 mark in 2012, the Jeffs’ seniors closed out their careers with a 28-4 overall record, becoming one of the winningest classes in the program’s 135-year history. Nine Amherst student-athletes garnered praise on the All-NESCAC teams, including five on the first team, led by offensive lineman John Ceccio ’13, who garnered his third-consecutive selection. TEAM PAGE

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Field Hockey
Outscoring opponents 26-4, field hockey raced to a 5-0 record to start the 2012 season. The Jeffs suffered their first setback on Sept. 23 against No. 3 Middlebury (3-1), before dropping a pair of overtime thrillers to No. 13 Tufts (4-3) and No. 16 Trinity (1-0). Trailing 2-0 to Williams, Amherst scored three unanswered second half goals to snap its worst losing skid since 2006. The Jeffs rode that wave of momentum to a 6-0 victory over Colby the following week before dropping its third overtime game to a ranked opponent with a 1-0 loss to Bowdoin. Securing a 5-1 non-conference victory over Smith, Amherst shut out NESCAC rivals Wesleyan (1-0) and Conn. College (2-0) before avenging its loss to Trinity with a 3-2 double-overtime triumph over the Bantams in the league quarterfinals. Giving top-seeded Middlebury all it could handle, the Jeffs eventually fell to the Panthers in yet another overtime affair (3-2) to finish the year with an 11-5 record. Four Amherst players garnered All-NESCAC recognition, led by Katie McMahon ’13, who closed out her career as the program’s all-time leader in points (150), goals (56) and assists (38). TEAM PAGE

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Women's Volleyball
After opening the season 3-0, the women’s volleyball team dropped its first two conference matches to Bowdoin (3-1) and Tufts (3-1), before posting 5-3 mark over its next eight. Entering a mid-October showdown with rivals Middlebury and Williams with a 3-3 league ledger, the Jeffs secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Panthers on Senior Night before notching a big 3-1 triumph over the Ephs the following afternoon. Going just 1-3 over its next four, Amherst righted the ship to close out the regular season, picking up victories over Smith, Colby and Bates without dropping a set. Earning the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Tournament, Amherst once again squared off with archrival Williams, but fell to the Ephs 3-0 to finish the year with a 14-9 (7-3 NESCAC) mark. Twice named the Player of the Week, Lizzie Ahern ’16 was the lone Jeff to garner recognition on the All-NESCAC team, becoming the first Amherst rookie to earn all-league honors since the conference began the current two-team format in 2000. TEAM PAGE

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WOMen's Cross Country
Beginning the year with a third-place showing at the UMass Invitational, the women’s cross country team finished sixth at Williams’ Purple Valley Invitational before placing second of 43 teams at the James Earley Invite hosted by Westfield State. Also coming in second at the Little III Championships, Amherst took third at the NESCAC meet before finishing fourth of 41 squads at the ECACs. Placing fifth of 51 programs at the NCAA Regionals, the Jeffs closed out the year with a 16th-place showing at nationals. Once again leading Amherst all season, Keri Lambert ’13 won five consecutive races in October and November, which included individual titles at both the NESCAC and NCAA Regional Championships. Putting the wraps on a stellar cross country career she turned in another All-America performance at nationals, placing third overall and second among team scorers. TEAM PAGE

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men's Cross Country
Opening its season with a pair of fourth-place finishes at the UMass and Wesleyan Invitationals, the men’s cross country team began October with consecutive runner-up showings at the James Earley Invite and the Little III Championships. Led by Charlie Reighard ’14, five Jeffs finished in the top-30 at Westfield State’s James Earley, while Greg Turissini ’15 paved the way at the Little Threes, coming in second in a field of 61 harriers. Improving one place from their performance in 2011, Amherst came in seventh overall at the NESCAC Championship, led by Andrew Erskine ’13, who finished 16th. Dillon Buckley ’13, Gus Greenstein ’14 and Romey Sklar ’15 placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively, as the Jeffs took top honors at the ECACs, before Erskine led Amherst to an 11th-place showing at the NCAA Regional Championship to close out the year. TEAM PAGE

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Women's Golf
Recording a pair of top-three finishes, the women’s golf team enjoyed a solid fall season with its schedule set to resume in mid-April. The Jeffs opened the year by placing third of 13 teams at the NYU Invitational, led by Liz Monty ’13 and Sooji Choi ’14, who came in second and ninth, respectively. Monty once again paced Purple & White the following weekend, taking home the top individual honor at the Mount Holyoke Invitational before tying for fourth at Middlebury in late September. Monty added another top-10 finish to her stellar fall, tying for eighth at the Williams Fall Invitational, before coming in sixth while leading the Jeffs to a third-place tie at the Ann S. Batchelder Invite hosted by Wellesley. TEAM PAGE

 

 

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The men’s golf team still has half of its schedule remaining after enjoying a promising month of play to open the 2012-13 campaign. Nicholas Koh ’14 led the Jeffs at all three events he participated in this fall, including the NESCAC Qualifier. He began the year tying for sixth at the Trinity Invitational, leading Amherst to a seventh-place tie. Koh continued his strong play, pacing all Jeff golfers at the Williams Invitational before coming in fifth at the qualifier to earn first team all-league accolades. While the Jeffs just missed out on qualifying for the conference championship with a fifth-place showing, Amherst should continue to make strides in the Spring as it hopes to defend last season’s Little III crown. TEAM PAGE

 

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Women's Tennis
Sitting atop the ITA preseason poll to begin the season, the women’s tennis team lived up to the hype this fall, putting together strong showings at three tournaments, while winning its lone dual-match over archrival Williams, 6-3. Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14, who won an NCAA doubles championship as first-years, set the tone by taking the Stony Brook Classic doubles title in a field that featured Division I, II and III tandems. Brewer continued to excel at the ITA Regionals, reaching the semifinals of the singles bracket, before later teaming up with Sue Ghosh ’16 to defeat teammates Jen Newman ’14 and Zoe Pangalos ’14 in an all-Amherst NEWITT Championship. TEAM PAGE

 

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Men's Tennis
Ranked 19th in the ITA Division III preseason poll, the men’s tennis team saw several youngsters emerge this fall on a roster already stocked with talent. First-years Ben Fife and Andrew Yaraghi set the tone at the ITA Regionals, with the Jeff rookies advancing to an all-Amherst final that saw Yaraghi pull out a 6-2, 6-2 triumph. Dropping dual-matches to national powers No. 7 Johns Hopkins (6-3) and No. 18 Carnegie Mellon (5-4), Amherst rebounded with a strong showing in its final outing of the semester, ousting Little Three rival Wesleyan, 8-1, in a mid-October showdown in Middletown. TEAM PAGE