Amherst Soccer Alums Return to Hitchcock Field for Spirited Bout


AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s and women’s soccer teams welcomed alumni back to Amherst this past weekend. Thanks to perfect weather conditions and a great turnout, the weekend was a success as former players served as spectators, fans, participants, friends and mentors.

The weekend kicked off Saturday afternoon with men’s alumni and the coaching staff cheering on the 2010 Amherst Men’s Soccer team in a scrimmage against McGill College. Those in attendance socialized with old friends and teammates while enjoying an excellent match.

On a gorgeous Sunday morning, the women’s and men’s teams each kicked off their annual matches at 11 a.m.  With several former standout players back on Hitchcock Field, the alums were determined to display for the 2010 squads the tradition of Amherst soccer. Participating alumni on the men's side included former team captains Roger Pennington ’61, David Downs ’77 and Rory O’Connor ’09 as well as former NSCAA All-Americans Mike Wohl ’07 and Grayson Holland ’09. 

The men's game was physical and competitive, but it was a sad day for the egos of the alumni as the 2010 varsity squad slipped away with a 2-0 victory. After watching their predecessors on the playing field, the current Lord Jeffs took the opportunity to speak with past players about their experiences as student-athletes at Amherst College.

Members of both games gathered for photos, followed by an afternoon cookout above Hitchcock Field. Sunday evening featured the final event, with all participants gathering at Amherst Brewing Company to unwind with some fun and games.

The Amherst coaches and players would like to thank all of the alumni for their involvement over Labor Day Weekend.  Your support is at the center of this program’s success. Thank you for all the continued support and we hope to see you at games this fall!