Colleges: Amherst falls short in NCAA Division III men’s soccer final

  • Amherst College senior midfielder Cutler Coleman walked off with the runner-up trophy at the NCAA Division III national championship, Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina. COURTESY AMHERST COLLEGE

Published: 12/8/2019 6:41:15 PM

The top-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team fell to defending champion Tufts, 2-0, Saturday in the NCAA Division III championship.

The Jumbos scored once in each half to win the title at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina.

“We’ve had an amazing year,” Amherst coach Justin Serpone said. “I’m so proud of his group. I love them. It’s a soccer game. What doesn’t end is Amherst soccer.”

Gavin Tasker scored in the 20th minute to give Tufts a 1-0 lead. Max Jacobs added an insurance goal in the 74th minute.

“All the respect in the world for Tufts,” Serpone said. “They played great.”

Senior midfielder Cutler Coleman, junior defender Kyle Kelly and sophomore forward German Giammattei were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Bernie White made three saves for Amherst (19-2-2).

Men’s hockey

UMass 4, Maine 1 — The 11th-ranked Minutemen (11-4-1, 6-3-1 Hockey East) swept the Black Bears with the win at the Mullins Center on Saturday.

Mitchell Chaffee, John Leonard and Niko Hildenbrand each scored in the second period. Philip Lagunov added an empty-net goal. Matt Murray made 23 saves.

Williams 3, Amherst 0 — Giancarlo Ventre made 17 saves for the Mammoths (2-5-1, 1-4-0 NESCAC), Saturday.

Women’s hockey

Amherst 3, Oswego 0 — Anne Malloy scored twice and Kaitlin Hoang (assist) once as the Mammoths (3-3-2) won on the road, Sunday.

Elmira 3, Amherst 0 — Caitlin Walker made 19 saves in the road loss for the Mammoths on Saturday.

Women’s basketball

UMass 75, Holy Cross 72 — The Minutewomen led by two with 20 seconds left, but Hailey Leidel went 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch as UMass (6-3) won at home, Sunday.

Leidel finished with 19 points. Vashnie Perry led UMass with 20 points. Destiney Philoxy had 15 points, Bre Hampton-Bey 10 points and Maeve Donnelly 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.

Amherst 64, Eastern Connecticut State 39 — Madeline Eck had 20 points and Kate Sullivan (Granby) added six assists as the Mammoths (4-1) rolled on Saturday.

St. Joseph University 56, Mount Holyoke 44 — Ellie Hayward had 23 points and Annika Brooks had 14 points and 17 rebounds, but the Lyons (1-8) fell at home on Saturday.

Smith 89, MCLA 40 — Katelyn Pickunka (Westhampton) finished with 18 points and Dashelle Gleissner added 11 and eight assists as the Pioneers (7-0) won at home on Saturday.

Men’s basketball

Amherst 97, Emerson 86 — Eric Sellew had 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Grant Robinson added 22 points, six assists and four rebounds as the Mammoths (5-3) snapped a two-game slide, Saturday in Boston.

Men’s swimming

Amherst 163, Middlebury 112 — Craig Smith (200-yard backstroke), Sean Mebust (200 breast) and the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay each set pool records for the Mammoths, Saturday.

Women’s swimming

Amherst 176.5, Middlebury 112.5 — Natalie Rumpelt won the 200 free and 500 free, while Lindsey Ruderman won the 1- and 3-meter diving events for the Mammoths, Saturday.


Holiday Tournament of Champions — Mount Holyoke was named reserved champions at Penn State on Saturday.

Marina McDonald (Nortampton) placed first in Limit Equitation Over Fences, while Sarah Etzel (Northampton) was second in Limit Equitation on the Flat for the Lyons.

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