Amherst won both of its matches this weekend in straight sets. On Friday, the Firedogs smashed UMass Boston. The Beacons only came within six points of Amherst in the first set — otherwise the Firedogs were untouchable. Jamie Dailey ’21 had a team-high 12 kills and .259 hitting percentage over the match. On Saturday, Amherst traveled to Hartford to face Trinity in a NESCAC matchup, which the Firedogs handled with ease, keeping their perfect record in the NESCAC. Emily Kolsky ’20 had 15 kills and 12 assists in the team’s victory. Amherst next faced Westfield State on Tuesday night, sweeping their competition in straight sets, 3-0.
Amherst took down Williams in a home contest on Saturday, sweeping the Ephs in both singles and doubles matches, a truly impressive feat. Amherst only lost five of 72 games in singles, and failed to drop a single set. Amherst also impressed in doubles play, but won by much narrower margins. The Mammoths return to action next weekend when they travel to the prestigious New England Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament.
Men’s Cross Country:
At the Paul Short Invitational, Amherst paced the field and finished 36th out of 45 teams in the Gold Division, which included top teams from across NCAA cross country’s three divisions. Spencer Ferguson-Dryden ’20 topped the Mammoths’ harriers, finishing with a sub-five-minute average mile time over the 8K race. Jamie Mazzola ’21 finished 15 seconds behind Ferguson-Dryden to finish in the top 200 runners. Amherst will take fall break off and then return to action at the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness Memorial Park in New London, Connecticut.
Women’s Cross Country:
Amherst impressed at the Paul Short Invitational this weekend, finishing 20th out of 44 teams against DI, DII and DIII competition. Sarah Gayer ’21 smashed her personal best race by over a minute to finish 21st overall. Sophia Wolmer ’23 shaved two minutes off her record 6K time to finish 78th overall. In total, the squad posted an average 6K time of 22:41, which led them to great success at a pivotal moment in the season.
Amherst celebrated 40 years of women’s soccer at the college and hosted a stalemate against Little Three foe Wesleyan. Amherst had several opportunities to eke out a victory over the Cardinals, but unfortunately they were unsuccessful. Antonia Tammaro ’21 held down the fort in net for the Mammoths, thwarting several promising Wesleyan opportunities with ease. With the tie, Amherst moves to 2-2-1 in the NESCAC. On Sunday, playing through the damp weather, the Mammoths trounced Wentworth Institute of Technology, 5-0. Amherst scored two in the first half, with junior Hannah Gustafson’s effort standing out. The midfielder cranked the ball in the top corner on a majestic first-touch shot to score her first collegiate goal. In the second half, Amherst put on the pressure and nabbed three more goals. Ruby Hastie ’22, Sasha Savistsky ’20 and Erin McClave ’20 each tallied a score in the second half, and Amherst walked away with another clean sheet.