Preview Amherst's Spring Teams

men's lacrosse
The Amherst men's lacrosse team begins its 2013 season on Saturday, Mar. 9 at Colby before wrapping up a tough NESCAC opening weekend at Bates. Jumping out to a 7-0 start a year ago before suffering a late season swoon, the Purple & White hope to regain the form that saw them post a program-record 15 wins in 2011. But with four teams ranked in the USILA preseason top-20 on the schedule, a young Jeffs squad will need to come together quickly in order to navigate a grueling conference slate. Under the watchful eye of third year head coach Jon Thompson and tri-captains Danny Gold '13, Ramsey Bates '13 and Devin Acton '14, Amherst looks to once again earn the right to be mentioned among league's elite. Full Preview/Video

women's lacrosse
The women’s lacrosse team will begin its 2013 season at home this weekend with a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader against NESCAC rivals Colby and Bates. Ranked eighth in the first Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll of the spring, head coach Christine Paradis’ squad returns an experienced and talented corps of attackers and midfielders while excitedly anticipating the contributions of an up-and-coming defensive unit. Full Preview/Video

Coming off arguably the best season in program history, the Amherst women's softball team enters the 2013 campaign with a new sense of confidence and purpose. Losing just one senior from last year's historic run, the Jeffs stand poised to make another postseason run this season, behind veteran co-captains Theresa Kelley '13 and Reilly Horan '13. Interim head coach Whitney Mollica Goldstein has added four talented first-years to the mix, filling out a balanced, potent lineup and one of the conference's most complete pitching staffs. Full Preview

The baseball team kicks off its 2013 season this weekend with a Sunday doubleheader against regional rival Eastern Connecticut State University at the Baseball Heaven Sports Complex in Yaphank, N.Y. With their top four starting pitchers and many key lineup pieces returning from the 2012 team, the Lord Jeffs are set to chase their third straight Little Three and NESCAC West Division titles behind the leadership of 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year Bob Cook '13 and fellow senior captain Nolan Stewart. Full Preview

Liz Monty ’13 will lead women’s golf into its spring season after the Jeffs posted a pair of top-three finishes at five fall competitions. Monty placed second overall at the NYU Invitational before capturing the individual title at the Mount Holyoke Invite a week later with a two-day 148. After finishing behind rivals Williams and Middlebury throughout the fall, the Jeffs will look to get over the hump and defend their titles at the Vassar Invitational and Amherst’s own Jack Leaman Invite. Fall Headlines

The men’s golf team will look to add a second consecutive Little Three title this spring after a fall season in which the Lord Jeffs placed fifth at the NESCAC Qualifier and competed at three other invitationals. Nicholas Koh ’14 earned his second straight All-NESCAC award after carding a two-day 149 for a fifth-place showing at the qualifier. Spring play begins with a break trip to Arizona where the Jeffs will battle Tufts. Fall Headlines


With a standout first-year class and a battle-tested veteran corps led by three-time All-American Mark Kahan ’13, men’s tennis will look to continue its national prominence with a third consecutive NESCAC title and a fifth straight trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. Playing without several key team members, the Jeffs went 1-2 against tough dual-meet competition in the fall, but Amherst’s rookies stole the spotlight at the ITA Regional tournament, with Andrew Yaraghi ’16 beating Ben Fife ’16 in an all-Jeff final. Fall Headlines

Two-time defending NCAA doubles champions Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14 return to lead women’s tennis as the Jeffs pursue a fifth straight trip to the national semifinals. Amherst topped Williams, 6-3, in its lone fall dual match while Brewer and Devlin won the Stony Brook Classic doubles title. Brewer then reached the singles semifinals at ITA Regionals before teaming up with Sue Ghosh ’16 to the NEWITT tourney crown, defeating teammates Jen Newman ’14 and Zoe Pangalos ’14 in the final. Fall Headlines


Keri Lambert ’13 and Naomi Bates ’14 will lead the Jeffs into the spring after qualifying for indoor nationals in the 5k and long jump, respectively. After a second consecutive All-American cross country season this fall, Lambert will look to defend her national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and improve on last spring’s All-America, seventh-place finish in the 5k. After a stellar sophomore spring, Bates will seek to lower her school-record times in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Winter Headlines

With Pat Grimes ’13 (mile) and Matt Melton ’14 (800m) heading to the National Indoor Championships after outstanding winter seasons, Amherst will look to improve on its seventh-place finish at last spring’s NESCAC outdoor meet. With the move outdoors, Josiah Terrell-Perica ’15 also returns to his specialty event after earning All-Conference in the javelin last spring while Grimes will look to qualify for his second straight trip to outdoor nationals. Winter Headlines