A few athletics tidbits from the past few weeks, now that we’ve moved into the Spring sports season:

  • Williams, behind huge winters from men’s and women’s basketball, track and field, and swimming, among other winter stand-outs, has moved comfortably ahead of the competition after yesterday’s Director’s Cup standings release.  Amherst is the only school with a realistic shot of catching Williams, but the Lord Jeffs have to overcome a huge deficit, and will have to post surprising finishes in several spring sports in order to do so.
  • Pat Duquette ’93 was recently named interim head coach of Boston College basketball, following the firing of his mentor Al Skinner.  It seems highly unlikely that Duquette would be tabbed for the permanent gig due to his close association with Skinner and his lack of head coaching experience, but it speaks highly of his reputation that the university tabbed him to steer the program until a replacement can be named.  Duquette is also a likely candidate for the (once again) vacant Holy Cross head coaching gig.  In all events, Duquette should, at some point, get the opportunity to permanently lead a D-1 program of his own.
  • Women’s crew begins this season in its customary position, ranked first in the country.  The rowers are aiming for, incredibly, their FIFTH straight national title.
  • It’s been a bit of a slow start for some of the Eph spring teams, but two-time defending national champion women’s tennis has been a notable exception.   Second-ranked Williams has already defeated, during the past two weeks, three of the top five teams in the country (Emory, UChicago, Washington & Lee).  With Amherst ranked first nationally, this year could feature a repeat of last year’s national title rivalry showdown won by the Ephs.
  • New Southern Vermont head softball coach Twink Williams ’06 is featured in this great Bennington Banner article.
  • A big rivalry weekend looms for many of the Spring teams.  On April 9th and 10th, baseball faces off with Amherst three times, while softball also has three Little Three showdowns, in its case with Wesleyan.  On April 10, men’s and women’s lacrosse both take on the Lord Jeffs.  Another game to watch: baseball will try to upset D-1 Dartmouth on April 6.
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