Women’s Basketball Women’s basketball sailed through their first round matchup in the NESCAC women’s basketball conference championship tournament, downing seventh-seeded Bates 69-44 in the quarterfinal matchup. The Mammoths, with the victory, have now won 13 straight, good enough for a record of 22-3. Seniors Hannah Fox ’20 and Madeline Eck ’20 again led the charge for the Amherst squad, as they have all season. Fox scored a game-high 17 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds. Eck registered 11 points on the night.
Amherst was remarkably efficient when shooting, and consistently outperformed their opponents on the defensive end. Shooting 45 percent to their opponents’ 31.1 percent, the Mammoths were able to pull away early, with the score a lopsided 30-19 heading into halftime. Courtney Resch ’22 continued to be a defensive anchor for the Mammoths, registering her 63rd block of the season. With that swat, Resch now holds the third-best defensive season all-time for the Mammoths in that category.
The squad will return to action this Saturday for a semifinal matchup against Bowdoin.
Men’s Ice Hockey In its last regular game of the season, the men’s ice hockey team fell to archrival Williams in an away contest. The Mammoths lost, 5-2.
Despite the setback, the Mammoths finished the season with a record of 9-11-4, a remarkable turnaround due in large part to a mid-season surge that saw them rattle off ten straight games without a loss.
It was this turnaround that carried them into the NESACAC tournament, as prospects looked dim just two months into the season. The Mammoths will face second-seeded Trinity in their first round matchup in an away contest this Saturday.
Women’s Ice Hockey The women’s ice hockey team battled to a closely-contested 2-2 draw in its final regular season game, tying the Colby. With the draw, the Mammoths finish the year with a stellar 14-5-5 regular season record, and high expectations for the NESCAC tournament.
During their most recent contest, Caitlin Walker ’22 had a career-high 49 saves between the pipes.
Seeded third in the conference, the Mammoths will face stiff competition in what looks to be the deepest conference in women’s hockey, and will open their title challenge against sixth-ranked Conn. on Saturday at home.
Men’s Track and Field The men’s track and field team traveled to Brown University to compete in its final regular season meet of the indoor season.
Aydin Williams ’23, Ben Wadsworth ’22, Jack Dufton ’20 and Owen Daily ’22 finished first in the distance medley relay.
In the individual events, standout performances came from Yonas Shiferaw, who qualified, in two events, for the regional championships meet. In the 60 meter hurdles, Shiferaw crossed the line in a time of 8.66 seconds. Then, competing in the triple jump, Shiferaw hit a distance of 13.24 meters, good enough for second place.
Women’s Track and Field In their final meet before the regional championships, the women’s track and field squad competed at the Brown University Invitational.
In the track events, notable races came from Isabel Park ’20, who finished in first place in the 200 meter race and Isabella Landry ’23 and Mary Kate McGranahan ’23, who finished in third and fourth place, respectively.
The Mammoths will return to action for their first post-season race next Saturday when they compete at the regional championship meet at Middlebury.