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Winter Sports in Brief

The men’s basketball team headed into postseason play with a stellar 20-3 record, earning the top seed in the NESCAC tournament. Season highlights included a 67-61 win over Williams in front of a raucous home crowd so enormous that it spilled out of the bleachers, and a midseason string of four straight victories by 29 points or more. Senior co-captain Steve Zieja surpassed Jamal Wilson ’97 as Amherst’s all-time leading scorer, collecting his 1,551st point in a 90-60 win over Bates on February 1. Amherst survived a scare from Bowdoin to advance to the second round of the NESCACs; the winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Their counterparts on the women’s side finished the regular season at 12-12. Amherst opened the season with an incredible 8-0 run, including domination of the Pioneer Valley Classic on December 6 and 7, but had a rough time of it during the month of January. Seniors Sarah Walker, Sarah Bozorg and Brooke Diamond finished their Amherst careers with a total of 64 wins over four seasons; other big contributors this year included junior Shannon Russell, who scored her 1,000th career point in a 68-46 win over Springfield, junior Caitlin Farrell and freshman phenom Katie Latham.

The men’s ice hockey team clinched a spot in the NESCAC Tournament, ready to battle Colby in the first round of play. The regular season ended with a flourish that included a 4-3 defeat of Williams on February 7 and a 4-3 overtime win over Tufts on February 15. Several players had strong seasons, including first-year Sean Lynch, who played well in goal for the Lord Jeffs. Women’s ice hockey is also headed into the postseason, after a strong finish that included victories over Colby and Holy Cross.

Men’s squash headed into the NISRA Team Championships at Princeton with a solid 7-7 regular record, in a season that began with shutouts of Tufts and Colby; women’s squash entered the WISA Singles Championships at Trinity with a record of 13-11. At the regular-season-ending Howe Cup Tournament, senior Susanna Burke received the Wetzel Award, recognizing seniors who began playing at a collegiate level and have exhibited both outstanding growth and a keen understanding of the game.

The swimming and diving teams had a dominant winter season. The men were 2002-03 Little Three Champions, finishing at 9-0 and defeating Williams for the first time since 1998 with an exciting 123.5-119.5 win. The women completed the regular season at 8-2, finishing third at NESCACs.

At the New England Division III Championships, the women’s indoor track team recorded an eighth-place finish, behind strong performances from senior tri- captains Kate Hamill and Laurel Kilgour, junior Alyson Venti, sophomore Carter Hamill and first-year Lyndsey Scott. Their counterparts on the men’s squad finished 15th; the team was paced all season long by, among others, senior tri-captains Alex Lenkoski and Pat Hayes, junior John Stanton-Geddes, sophomore Mike Page and first-year Ngai Otieno.



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