AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Three Amherst teams will travel to Williamstown, Massachusetts on Sunday to face arch foe Williams for a piece of three coveted Little III titles, which go to the winner of the Amherst-Wesleyan-Williams trivalry in each sport. Women's soccer, field hockey and women's tennis all kick off competition at noon on Sunday, October 12.
Women's soccer enters the match with an 8-1 record after posting a 6-0 blowout of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (formerly North Adams State) last night. The Jeffs have won their last seven straight behind the creative footwork of forwards Katie Hersey '99 (Westford, MA) and Beth Leonard '98 (Longmeadow, MA) and the solid backfield of seniors Ellie Hickerson (Davenport, IA), Laura Kochansky (Newton, MA), Kerry Weeks (Longmeadow, MA) and keeper Sarah Fabian (Dover, MA). In the teams' last meeting, the rivals tied 1-1 at Amherst as both squads claimed a piece of Little III.
Field hockey is also coming off a win to contribute to their 8-1 record. Last night the Jeffs posted a 3-2 victory at Smith off a pair of goals by All-American midfielder Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE). Jes Rich '99 (Stillwater, NY) has reclaimed her spot as the NESCAC's leading goalie, as she has posted six shutouts so far this season. Last year, Amherst claimed its first victory over Williams in six years with a 1-0 decision in Amherst. The Jeffs went on to claim sole possession of the Little III title in a dozen years.
Women's tennis is already half-way to defending its trivalry title as the Jeffs posted an 8-0 blanking of Wesleyan on Wednesday night. Rookie Jamie Cohen (Rye, NY) played her first collegiate match at first-flight singles to a 7-5, 6-0 win after claiming both the singles and doubles titles at the Rolex Championship last weekend. Cohen has now qualified to compete at the Rolex National Small College Championship along with doubles partner Carolyn Pastel (Old Lyme, CT) in Memphis on October 23-26. That same weekend, Amherst hosts the New England Championships for women's tennis.
All matches begin at 12:00pm in Williamstown.
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