For any in Williamstown looking for a day of interesting athletic events, Friday features an impressive line-up:

11:00 A.M.: Williams vs. Messiah in NCAA soccer is the headliner. For the first time in years, Williams will be an underdog on its home field, playing against two-time defending national champion Messiah. Williams also has an impressive squad, led by eight senior starters.

1:30: Western New England College vs. Johns Hopkins in NCAA soccer action. The winners of these games meet on Saturday for a chance to go to the final four. The Williams connection? Erin Sullivan ’96 (possible eventual Russo successor?) coaches Western New England.

6:00: Bates men’s basketball vs. Western New England

7:00: Men’s hockey season opener vs. Connecticut College

8:00: Men’s basketball season opener vs. Southern Vermont

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