• The men’s ice hockey team receives some negative attention on this blog.  It is only fair that they are recognized for their exemplary record of community service as well.  The team is currently engaged in an effort to assist the children of fallen soldiers, led by hockey humanitarian award finalist Zach Miller ’11, who follows in the sizeable footsteps of uber-Eph Will Bruce ’10 (if there is any way to get on David Kane’s good side, this HAS to be it).  Men’s ice hockey continues to perform well on the ice as well; with one of the strongest teams in recent history, hockey currently ranks second in NESCAC, just behind Amherst.   Women’s ice hockey is also much improved, led by star frosh and NESCAC player of the week Nicole Perry.
  • Speaking of community service, the wrestling squad participated in the awesomely-named “headlock for hunger” event last week.   The wrestling team continues to have its best year ever, and remains first in New England after upsetting 11th-ranked TCNJ.  Ryan Malo is having a spectacular junior year, and was recognized as a Sports Illustrated face in the crowd accordingly.
  • After several weeks on the road, hoops returns to Billsville in a huge way this weekend.  On Friday at 6:00,the Williams’ women’s basketball team, ranked third in New England and tied for first in NESCAC, battles Colby, ranked sixth in New England.  Women’s hoops continues to surprise this season, and right now are on the bubble as a potential NCAA team.   Beating Colby would go a long way towards securing a bid; beating Colby AND Eph nemesis Bowdoin on Saturday would put the Ephs in a particularly strong position.  Immediately following the women’s game (at 8:00), Williams’ men (fresh off last week’s huge win over Middlebury), ranked second in the country, first in New England, and tied for first in NESCAC, battle the Colby men (fresh off their own huge defeat of Amherst), who are ranked 25th in the country, third in New England, and are, like the Ephs, a perfect 5-0 in NESCAC.  Two of the best players in New England (and arguably the country), senior small forwards Blake Schultz and Adam Choice, will be facing off in a great head-to-head match-up; the winner of the individual battle will be a big favorite to earn NESCAC player of the year honors, but obviously the game result is far more meaningful to both.  Williams will also have to play close attention to physical forward Mike Russell, NESCAC’s leading rebounder by a comfortable margin.  The Eph women are led by sweet-shooting Chessie Jackson, a junior who is already only 60 points away from hitting 1000 for her career; she is on pace to finish as one of the all-time leading scorers for the Ephs.
  • Saturday is Senior Day for men’s and women’s basketball, the last regular season home game for both men’s and women’s hoops.  Men’s hoops features a huge (seven member) senior class that has had a lot of ups and downs over four years (surprise NESCAC championship run as frosh, rough year as sophomores, new coach and season-long improvement last year, capped off by a stellar senior year), so it should be an emotional day.  Bowdoin, the Senior Day opponent, has had the Ephs’ number in recent years.  The men have beaten Williams two straight and three out of four times, and the Bowdoin women’s juggernaut have beaten Williams an astonishing fourteen straight times (incredibly, ending the Ephs’ season in NESCAC tourney play in five out of the last eight seasons), so both squads should be doubly motivated.  Watch all the games here (you need to pay, but you can follow the live stats for free as well).
  • Men’s hoops continues to lead the country in numerous categories, including scoring margin, field goal percentage, and three point field goal percentage.  Junior Troy Whittington leads the nation with an astonishing 70.4 percent field goal percentage.  In addition, Blake Schultz and James Wang would be among the nation’s leaders in three point percentage had they attempted enough shots to qualify.
  • Article on future Eph running back Alex Scyocurka.  Anyone who picks the Ephs over Amherst, at the very minimum, has demonstrated good judgment.   Scyocurka, whose name is destined to give NESCAC broadcasters (who often struggle to pronounce “Ephs” correctly) fits, is a former Western Mass player of the year and dominated his competition in prep school last year.
  • Finally, this article notes the basketball coaching success of Eph alum Jessica Katz.
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