Julie Smith '06
Senior Julie Smith led the conference in blocked shots last season and ranks third all-time in school history with 105 career rejections.

Amherst Set to Open Winter Schedules

Women's Basketball Hosts Inaugural Amherst Classic & Books Make You a Winner Challenge

November 16, 2005

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College winter sports teams are set to open their seasons this weekend as the men's and women's basketball teams host tournaments, while men's hockey hosts a pair of NESCAC opponents, women's hockey hits the road for a pair of conference tilts and men's and women's swimming and diving teams enter the water at Colby College.

The women's basketball team hosts the inaugural Amherst Classic Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, hosting Emerson College, Norwich University and Westfield State College. The Jeffs open play on Saturday at 6 p.m., facing Emerson, and Norwich and Westfield St. matchup in the nightcap. On Sunday, Emerson returns to battle Westfield St. at 2 p.m., and Amherst and Norwich close tournament play at 4 p.m. In conjunction with the tournament, the Jeffs are hosting the "Books Make You a Winner" Challenge. In an effort to bring books to Louisiana schools devastated by Hurricane Katrina, they ask that players, fans, parents, fellow Amherst athletes and the rest of the college community donate as many books as possible and they appreciate all those that attend and participate in this drive.

The men's basketball team hosts the fifth-annual Ken Wright '52 Classic on Friday and Saturday, hosting Fitchburg State College, Endicott College and Fisher College. The Jeffs have never lost a Ken Wright '52 game and are in search of their fifth-straight tournament title. Play opens Friday night at 6 p.m. as Amherst faces Fitchburg St., while Endicott plays Fisher at 8 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m., while Friday night's winners meet in the championship game at 3 p.m. Senior co-captain guard John Bedford is set to crack the 1,000-point scoring barrier for his career, needing only 26 points to accomplish the feat.

Men's hockey is set for its only two home games before winter break as the Jeffs host Little Three rival Wesleyan University Friday at 7 p.m. at Orr Rink, and follow up with a tilt against fourth-ranked Trinity College. Amherst posted a pair of wins over the Cardinals last season and stole their only matchup against the Bantams as well.

The women's hockey team opens its season on the road, traveling to seventh-ranked NESCAC rival Bowdoin College on Friday for a 7 p.m. face-off, and moving on to conference foe Colby College on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Jeffs field what head coach Jim Plumer calls "their fastest team ever" and look to steal a pair of road wins before returning to Orr Rink for their home opener against Wesleyan on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams get back in the water after finishing 16th and fifth, respectively at the 2005 NCAA Division III Championships last season. Junior Ethan Treat heads the men's lineup, grabbing the men's highest individual placing at the national championhsips with a fourth-place showing in the 400-yard individual medley, while senior teammate Rick Estacio grabbed eighth in the 100-yard backstroke. Sophomore Brittney Sasser leads the women's team after taking home national championships in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events. The Jeffs hit the pool at Colby on Saturday at 2 p.m.