AMHERST, Mass. -- The Amherst College women's soccer team is looking to make their mark again in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in the upcoming 2018 season and build off of last year's stretch, where the Mammoths reached a semifinal appearance in the conference playoffs.
Head Coach Jen Hughes begins her 15th season at the helm of the Mammoths. The 2011 and 2016 NESCAC Coach of the Year has lead the team to nine NCAA DIII Championship appearances, including three NCAA Quarterfinal berths. Hughes was also named the NSCAA New England Coach of the year in 2011 and has compiled a total record of 164-52-30 over her Amherst career.
The Mammoths will be joined by new assistant coach, Su DelGuercio, for the upcoming season. DelGuercio returns to the NESCAC after competing at Colby College from 2007-10. She has spent the last two year serving as a faculty member and coaching various sports at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. Prior to that, she was an assistant coach at the University of Redlands (California) and was part of the staff that was named SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year.
"Coach DelGuercio has injected us with positive energy, enthusiasm, and passion," said Hughes, "Her motivation for being the best coach that she can be is evident and inspiring. She also really focuses on connecting with each player individually both on and off the field."
Last season, the Mammoths finished with an overall record of 9-7-1 (4-5-1 in conference).
The Mammoths return 23 players this season and have six seniors with a lot of experience that they will be looking towards to provide added leadership for the group.
"I am really impressed with the energy and work rate that they are bringing as we establish the foundation that will carry us through the season," said Hughes of the Senior class. "I am excited to work with this group and see what we can accomplish this season."
The Mammoths return one Senior to the attack this season, Rubii Tamen '19, who has played in 54 total games for Amherst College and notched eight goals with four assists last season. Junior Laura Greer '20 joins Tamen up front with 15 total games played under Hughes.
Sophomores Navva Sedigh '21, Cassie Chin '21, Lexy Cook '21, and Natalie Landau '21 lend experience to the attack as well after tallying 52 total games played collectively during their first campaign.
The midfield corps will be led by seniors Maeve McNamara '19 who has tallied 23 career points, and Eden Charles '19, who has notched eight points in her 52 appearances. Juniors Sasha Savitsky '20, and Hayley Roy '20 also return to the midfield after dishing out five assists collectively during the 2017 season.
Seniors Caleigh Plaut '19, Morgan Machiele '19, and Megan Root '19 anchor the defensive end this season for Coach Hughes. Juniors Madison Kahn '20, Bella Palma '20, Sloan Askins '20, and Erin McClave '20 lend heavy experience to the team after their first two years of competition.
First year Kim Zhou '22 is the sole representative in her class on the defensive end and will be vying for a role for the Mammoths this season.
Junior goalkeeper Erica Sanders '20 joins Amherst College for her third season in the purple and white. First year Brooke Harrington '22 and transfer Toni Tammaro '21 will look to add depth to the goalkeeper position this season.
The Mammoths open their 2018 campaign at home on Thursday, Sept. 6th at 5:00pm against Mount Holyoke College in non-conference action. They immediately hop into NESCAC play two days later as they travel to Bowdoin College to take on the Polar Bears at 12:00pm on Saturday. After hosting Lasell College (9/9) and traveling to Middlebury College (9/15), the Mammoths have a three-game home stint where they welcome Smith College (9/16), Williams College (9/22), and New England College (9/23) to Hitchcock Field. The Mammoths then travel to Tufts University on Sept. 29th at 12:00pm for more NESCAC action before hosting Bates College on Sept. 30th to close out the month.
October begins with a home game against Hamilton on Oct. 6th at 12:00pm, and then the Purple and White travel to Connecticut College on Tuesday, Oct. 9th to take on the Camels at 7:00pm. Colby College visits Hitchcock Field on Oct. 13th to battle the Mammoths before a two-game road trip to Springfield College (10/14) and Little III rival Wesleyan University (10/20).
Amherst College's women soccer team concludes their 2018 regular season when they host Trinity College on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd beginning at 7:30pm.