#TopNine of 2018 Highlighted by Championship Teams

#TopNine of 2018 Highlighted by Championship Teams

AMHERST, Mass. – People "like" it when you win.

If you ever needed more proof, all you have to do is look at Amherst Mammoths' Top Nine Instagram posts from 2018, where the likes from our more than 2,500 followers tell the story of a year filled with championship victories and outstanding individual performances.

Here is a rundown of the Top Nine Instagram posts from 2018 and the moments that made them happen.

National Champions!
(March 18, 616 likes)

With a 65-45 victory over Bowdoin, the Amherst women's basketball team completed their second consecutive perfect season with back to back national championships. The photo taken on the court in Rochester, Minnesota shows the team with their championship trophies, hats and t-shirts and is the most-liked post of all time on Amherst Athletics Instagram.

Threepeat Complete
(February 25, 450 likes)

The first step towards women's basketball's National Championship run was winning a third consecutive NESCAC championship, which they did with a 44-40 win over Tufts in the title game. It was the third straight NESCAC championship in which Amherst had defeated Tufts, and the 60th consecutive victory for the Mammoths.
Final Four Bound
(March 10, 396 likes)

The next step came with a 62-38 victory over #16 Rochester at LeFrak Gymnasium to book a third consecutive Final Four appearance for Amherst women's basketball. Emma McCarthy '19 led the way with 17 points and Amherst held All-American Alexandra Leslie scoreless with another outstanding defensive effort.

Opening Day Sky
(September 6, 392 likes)

After an 8-0 win over Mount Holyoke for women's soccer in their 2018 home opener, more than a few fans and players stopped to take photos of the miraculous sunset over Hitchcock Fields.

Kings of the Diamond
(May 13, 377 likes)

Needing a win on the final day of the regular season just to make the playoffs, Amherst baseball capped an incredible postseason run with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Tufts to claim their fourth NESCAC title and first since 2013. The Mammoths also came from behind in extra innings in their tournament opener over Bates and beat the Jumbos twice on their way to the crown.
Legends of Fenway 
(May 18, 370 likes)

The 2018 National Champions were honored at Fenway Park for the second straight season. Hannah Hackley '17 threw out the first pitch before a Red Sox victory. The women's basketball team would later be honored at Gillette Stadium before a New England Patriots preseason game, an event that included time on the field before the game and a picture with Robert Kraft and surprise guest Joel Embiid.

Defending the Crown
(October 27, 365 likes)

Defending champion Amherst men's cross-country fended off heavy rain and wind to capture the program's second-ever conference title. The Mammoths would go on to win the New England Division III championships, topping a field of 44 schools, and finished 6th out of 32 teams at the NCAA National Championships. Clark Ricciardelli '20 claimed All-America distinction and Cassie Funke-Harris was named  USTFCCCA New England Coach of the Year.

Tamen Tops America
(November 29, 347 likes)

Rubii Tamen '19 capped a phenomenal senior season with a spot on the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Division III All-America First Team. The NESCAC Player of the Year and a USC All-New England First Team selection, Tamen led the conference with 16 goals and 33 points on the season. She scored seven game-winners, including one in the NCAA Second Round against MIT, and had a three-game stint of scoring multiple goals during the year.

Maeve the Assists Machine
(November 27, 338 likes)

Senior two-sport star Maeve McNamara set a new Amherst single-game record with 12 assists in a 78-48 victory over Emmanuel College. McNamara broke the previous record of ten assists in a game, which had occurred four previous times, most recently by former teammate Hannah Hackley '18 in 2016.