Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
By Liza Katz '24
May 11, 2022
Softball continued their dominant run this weekend, beating Bowdoin, Trinity, and top-seeded host Tufts in the NESCAC tournament to take home the 2022 NESCAC title, the program’s first. The team clinched an automatic bid to this year’s NCAA Tournament with the win.
By Maya Reiner '25
Traveling to Williamstown, the illness-depleted men’s and women’s track and field teams put up a strong showing at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, earning a combined 11 All-New England honors.
By Alex Noga '23
In the opening round of the NESCAC tournament, the baseball team swept Bowdoin in two games to advance to the semifinals. Now entering the double-elimination Championship series, the Mammoths will open against Middlebury.
By Mike Schretter '23
Amherst men’s lacrosse lost to Bowdoin in a shocking come-from-behind victory in the NESCAC semifinals. Still, the Mammoths secured a bid to the NCAA tournament, where they will play an undefeated MIT team in Rochester, New York, on Saturday, May 14.
By Leo Kamin '25
Playing at home in the first round of the NESCAC tournament, the men’s and women’s tennis teams advanced to the semifinals with victories over No. 9 Bowdoin and No. 13 Williams, respectively. In the second round the women lost a close match to Wesleyan while the men were routed 5-0.
May 4, 2022
Playing at their home course, the Amherst women’s golf team won their first-ever NESCAC Championship this past weekend. Dominant play over two rounds earned an emphatic 11-shot victory and a trip to the Division III National Championship in Houston, Texas. The men’s team finished fifth of 10.
In a must-win three-game series, the baseball team decisively swept rival Williams. The Mammoths will now travel to Maine to play Bowdoin this weekend in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament.
The men’s lacrosse team is through the semifinals of the NESCAC playoffs after beating rival Williams at home. The Mammoths have now won five straight. They advance to face Bowdoin on Saturday, May 7.
The softball team closed their regular season on a high note this past weekend, against Little Three rival Wesleyan. They clinched the Little Three Title in emphatic fashion, sweeping the Cardinals to clinch the top seed in the NESCAC West Division.
After five combined matches this past weekend, the men’s and women’s tennis teams have completed their regular season. In conference play, both teams swept Bates but lost to Tufts. The women’s team also lost a tough match to MIT.
By Carter Hollingsworth '25
Women’s lacrosse fell to Trinity in their regular season finale and to conference- and national-No. 1 Middlebury in NESCAC quarterfinals, ending their first season since the onset of the pandemic.
April 27, 2022
Men’s lacrosse continued its strongest stretch of this season this past week, building upon a win against Williams with a big win over No. 19 Middlebury.
The softball team continued their run of good form this week, going 3-1 overall. They defeated Western New England University via the mercy run rule, and then took the first two games of their three-game series versus Williams before dropping a one-run thriller in their final contest of the week.
By Leo Kamin '25 and Liza Katz '24
The men’s and women’s tennis teams took on NESCAC foes Trinity and Hamilton this past week, with both teams notching impressive wins over their two opponents. With two wins under their belt, the teams head into their decisive final slate of regular season matches.
By Ava O'Connor '24
The women’s and men’s track and field teams traveled to MIT this past Saturday, April 23, to compete at the Sean Collier Invitational. A strong field included athletes from all three NCAA divisions. There was no team scoring at the meet, but the Mammoths’ individual performances were a highlight.
Amherst women’s lacrosse took on undefeated national No. 1 Middlebury this weekend in their last regular season home game, celebrating their eight seniors and retiring head coach on Senior Day. The Panthers maintained their undefeated season in a hard-fought match against the Mammoths 15-7.
The baseball team won three of five games this past week but lost an important NESCAC series against Middlebury. Heading into the final week of regular season play, the upcoming weekend series against Williams will determine the final team that makes it into the playoffs from the West division.
By Ethan Samuels '23
April 20, 2022
Amherst first-year Dani Torres Werra ’25 accomplished one of the toughest feats in sports last Wednesday, pitching a perfect game in a win over Springfield College. The team then lost a second matchup with Springfield before sweeping a NESCAC doubleheader against Trinity College.
The Mammoths had two extraordinarily memorable victories in their series win against Trinity this past weekend: a 10-run ninth-inning comeback and a no-hitter thrown by Nick Giattino ’24, his second in as many years, helped the Mammoths win their first series of the year.
Men’s lacrosse picked up momentum this past week, beating NESCAC rivals Connecticut College and Williams to improve to 7-5 on the season and reignite their postseason hopes. Brock Gonzalez ’23 led the way with nine goals and two assists across the two games.
Despite having a hard time finding team success, the men’s and women’s golf teams both saw standout individual play from their first-years in their first weekend of play in 2022 following the winter hiatus.
By Hedi Skali '25
The men’s and women’s track and field teams displayed stellar performances in the Silfen Invitational — finishing second and third, respectively. Members of the teams also participated in the decathlon and heptathlon at the Williams Invitational and the 5,000 meter at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
Coming off a huge overtime win against Tufts last weekend, women’s lacrosse returned to the field on Wednesday night, beating Connecticut College 12-7 before overtime heroics sealed a Mammoth win for the second straight weekend, this time over archrival Williams, 8-7.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams took a break from NESCAC play this past weekend. The women secured their biggest win of the season, beating Emory, the No. 4 team in the nation, 6-3. The men were clutch when they needed to be to beat Skidmore 5-4.
April 13, 2022
The baseball team were swept in their second NESCAC series of the year over the weekend, bringing their conference record to 1-5. They ended the week on a high note however, picking up a resilient 6-5 win on Monday.
Amherst women’s lacrosse went 1-2 on the week after hard-fought losses against No. 11 Wesleyan and No. 5 Colby and an exciting overtime win against No. 6 Tufts. It was the Mammoths’ first win over the Jumbos since 2018.
The men’s tennis team suffered lopsided defeats against Middlebury and Williams this past weekend. The women’s team lost a close match against the Panthers before besting the Ephs in a 5-4 thriller.
By Violet Glickman '25
For the first time since 2019, the men’s and women’s track and field teams took to Pratt Field on Saturday, April 9, hosting their only home meet of the year. Despite the ominous storm clouds overshadowing the day (and causing two rain delays), the Mammoths shone through.
The softball team continued their successful start to NESCAC play, defeating Hamilton two games to one for their second series win of the year. They sit atop the NESCAC West division with a 4-2 record in conference play and a 12-5 record overall.
After two 30-minute rain delays in a crucial match against Colby on Saturday, Amherst men’s lacrosse managed a 12-7 comeback win against their conference rival — their first victory in three games.
April 6, 2022
Softball returned to the diamond this past week after a short hiatus, winning their NESCAC-opening series versus Middlebury and going to extra innings three times in five games.
Amherst women’s lacrosse took on Bowdoin at home this weekend in a hard-fought loss. Despite a back-and-forth game, two late goals gave the Polar Bears the edge in the end.
By Leo Kamin '25 and Alex Noga '23
In their second week of NESCAC competition, the men’s and women’s tennis teams played away matches against Bowdoin and Colby. The men’s team defeated Colby but lost to Bowdoin, while the women’s team achieved convincing victories in both matches.
It was a hard week for Amherst baseball. Despite jumping out to multiple early leads, they dropped five of the six games they played.
Amherst men's lacrosse lost to Bowdoin in a close game on Saturday, the final score ending at 15-12. Looking forward, the Mammoths will hope to improve their defense to get back in the win column.
March 30, 2022
Despite losses this past weekend to Springfield and No. 5 St. John Fisher Colleges, the men’s lacrosse team has started the season relatively strong. The exclamation point has been Jake Bennett’s ’24 viral goal, which brought national attention to the program.
The 19th-ranked women’s lacrosse team maintained their momentum this past weekend, beating nearby Westfield State University and Keene State College in consecutive Mammoths versus Owls matchups.
In their first home doubleheader of the young season, the softball team battled the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers in two close contests this past Saturday. The Mammoths earned two hard-fought wins, highlighted by late-game heroics from several players.
By Sylvan Wold '25
Both tennis teams took to the court this weekend. The women’s team swept Connecticut College, but lost to Wesleyan in a tight contest, while the men’s team proved victorious over both Connecticut and Wesleyan, dominating the pair of matches.
Returning home from their spring break trip, the baseball team lost their first three games played in Massachusetts, dropping their home opener to Wheaton College and losing both games of a doubleheader against Brandeis University.
By Nick Edwards-Levin '25
March 23, 2022
Women’s lacrosse was red hot over spring break, winning three straight games, including a comeback win in overtime and a tight conference win, to secure a four-game winning streak and a 21st place national ranking.
By Mike Schretter '23 and Liza Katz '24
Men’s lacrosse have gotten off to a fast start. They began spring break with a tough loss against Tufts, one of the top-ranked teams in the nation, before ripping off two wins against Bates and Gettysburg College.
Both men’s and women’s tennis faced a series of tough matches against some of the best teams in the country during a spring break trip to California. Despite strong individual performances, both teams saw up-and-down results.
Coming off a NESCAC title victory in the 2021 Covid-shortened season, the baseball team opened their 2022 season with a spring break trip to Florida, where they went 4-2 in six games.
In their shortened 2021 season, Amherst softball had a great season to build on, including two separate five-game win streaks and encouraging seasons from a multitude of underclassmen. Here’s what their 2022 season has in store.
March 9, 2022
Despite falling behind early against Hamilton, men’s lacrosse rallied to notch a narrow win in their first game in almost two years.
Amherst women’s lacrosse had an up-and-down start to the season, falling in an away game at Hamilton in NESCAC play before blowing out Springfield College on home turf.
February 9, 2022
After six months, the college reached an out-of-court settlement with the former lacrosse coach’s employment discrimination lawsuit.
Long-time women’s lacrosse coach Chris Paradis has announced that she will retire from coaching after the 2022 season, leaving behind a lasting legacy and big shoes to fill for whichever coach comes to the program next.
April 14, 2021
After a strong 7-2 victory against Hamilton last week, the women’s tennis team
traveled to Wesleyan University on Saturday, April 10, looking to start the
Wesleyan, however — the reigning Little Three champion — triumphed with a score
of 7-2, a role reversal from the Mammoths’ Hamilton win.
First-year Emily Sivarak ’24 was the lone Mammoth to lose in three sets,
defeating Caitlin Goldberg of Wesleyan 6-4 in the first set. Goldberg bounced
back, winning the second set 6-1 and the ti