Saturday is, at least until NESCAC championship season, the biggest day of the fall for Eph athletics.  I’ll be at a regional alumni event (Mountain Day tribute hike), so I’ll leave it to others to update this page throughout the day.  The big games to watch:

  • Aaron Kelton’s first huge game as Williams head coach is Saturday vs. a very talented Trinity team.  [Kelton is an intense guy, check out the video of him on this page].  Williams beat Bowdoin in Kelton’s first game last week, thanks in large part to huge performances from NESCAC players of the week Ryan Lupo ’11 and Pat Barren ’11.  The Trinity game often ends up determining the NESCAC title, and this year figures to be no exception.  Williams has lost absolute heart-breakers to Trinity for three years running, each in agonizing fashion: an amazing 46-40 triple OT game in 2007, a 20-17 game in 2008 where Trinity came back from a 10 point deficit, and last year’s 26-21 loss, a game Williams appeared to have in hand until Trinity scored two TD’s in the last three minutes, facilitated by an onside kick recovery.  Needless to say, Williams will not be short on motivation for this game.  Trinity looked very impressive in an opening week demolition of a decent Colby team, so the game will pose a huge challenge.  One thing to look out for: Weston Field does not respond well to rain, and conditions could be a bit tricky tomorrow.
  • Men’s soccer hosts Amherst at Cole Field at noon.   [Note Amherst has a nice preview of all the Williams-Amherst match-ups here].  Both teams are undefeated and ranked in the top 15 nationally, so it should be a classic.  The game also features an intriguing individual match-up between NESCAC’s leading point scorers from last year as well as, to date, this year: Amherst’s Spencer Noon ’13 and Williams’ Charles Romero ’11.
  • Women’s soccer hosts Amherst at Cole Field at 1:30 in another match-up of nationally ranked teams.  Williams is led by NESCAC’s leading goal scorer Brett Eisenhart ’12 and reigning NESCAC player of the week Sara Wild ’11.
  • Women’s field hockey hosts Amherst as well.  This time, the Ephs are the underdogs vs. a ranked Amherst squad.
  • Women’s tennis plays at Amherst.  Amherst women have won six straight NESCAC titles, but the last three years, Williams has one-upped them on the big stage, winning three straight national titles in the process (including once defeating a favored Amherst squad in the title match).  This year, however, Amherst (thanks to the addition of superstar frosh Jordan Brewer, who announced that she may already be the best player in Division III after decimating defending national champion Julia Browne of Tufts and defending regional champion Kristin Alotta of Williams a few weeks ago)  is a decided favorite vs. the Ephs.  When all is said and done, Williams and Amherst figure to be, as usual, two of the top five teams in the country.
  • Men’s Golf plays in day one of the NESCAC qualifier at Trinity.  The top four teams advance to the NESCAC championship in the Spring.  After a rocky start to the season, Williams’ very experienced team had a stellar performance at home last week.

A few other sports stories of note from the past few weeks:

  • Boston Globe article on Williams athletic success (sidebar to a larger article on Title IX).
  • Be sure to check out the snazzy new Sports Information homepage.
  • Blake Schultz ’10 is playing professional basketball in Germany, and off to a good start.
  • Abi Jackson ’03 named head coach of women’s lacrosse at Union.
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