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Women’s Soccer (updated: WINS, 2-0!!) NCAA Elite 8 vs. Ithaca at 1 PM EST, Cole Field

The Williams women’s soccer team takes on the Ithaca Bombers today at 1 PM EST on Cole Field for the NCAA Elite 8/sectional final. Audio for the game will be available for free on Teamline, with the team’s regular online announcer Will Slack broadcasting.

The soccer parents will be picking up the NCAA admission fees for all Williams students who come down to Cole Field. Yesterday had quite a loud and loyal fan section, thanks in part to a similar parental funding incentive.

It will be another cold day, but may be a little bit warmer than it was yesterday. Expect rough, slippery going for the players as the temperature is not expected to reach above 29; as Will points out, cleats don’t work well on frozen ground. There may be flurries.

Go Ephs!

LAST UPDATE: Williams wins, 2-0. Looks like William Smith beat Amherst 1-0 in OT (but Amherst was the better team on stats — as we learned last year, anything can happen in these games).

UPDATE: At the start of the broadcast, Will just said it was 10 degrees warmer than yesterday (and I don’t hear the wind howling the way it did yesterday  Will says it’s very windy, and I hear it now), but still extremely cold. He expects the footing to be much improved. They’ve moved over to the men’s field today (because they chewed up the women’s field in yesterday’s semis). There is a good-sized Ithaca parent section present, in addition to very vocal Eph students, parents, and other fans.

Here’s what the end of the second half looked like yesterday:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Kris Dufour, copyright Williams College

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X-Country: Both Men and Women 3rd in Cross-Country (Updated)

The Williams men came in third at the cross-country national finals today, behind teams from SUNY Cortland and North Central College. Edgar Kosgey and Jeff Perlis earned All-American honors, finishing 10th and 26th respectively.

Middlebury won the national championship on the women’s side, followed by Calvin College and then the Ephs in third. Lauren Philbrook placed 19th, earning her All-American honors after a terrific season.

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Williams Soccer Wins Sweet 16, Advances to Play Ithaca (Updated)

In such heavy snowfall that broadcaster Will Slack was having trouble seeing some of the last plays, the Eph women’s soccer team has won the Sweet 16. 

Everything is up in the air. The weather is so bad that the other sectional semi may not be playable today.

But congratulations to the Ephs and the Lions for great play under worsening conditions. Hats off to Will for bringing it to the fans at home, and to the soccer fans (including a dedicated group of parents) for a great show of support at Cole Field.

LATEST UPDATE: The Ephs will face the Ithaca Bombers, winners of this afternoon’s frigid skating match on an icy Cole Field, tomorrow in the NCAA sectional final/Elite 8 round.

The Amherst women, too, will play  tomorrow. Having defeated Otterbein 1-0 today, they face William Smith in the Elite 8. Time will tell…. 

UPDATE: The broadcast has just come back on, with the other semi (Ithaca Bombers  vs. Lynchburg Hornets) going forward in snowy, 20-degree Williamstown. If they can finish it, the winner of this one is scheduled to meet Williams tomorrow (time uncertain — I’ve heard two things, which may have to do with the weather) on Cole Field for the sectional finals. Will is reporting that the field is well-dusted but the snowfall has abated; conditions remain extremely slippery, as well as cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photos by Kris Dufour, copyright Williams College

 


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NCAA X-Country Sat. @11 and 12 EST

Tomorrow (Saturday) watch the Williams men (12 PM EST) and women (1 PM EST) [times corrected to account for time zones] compete in the NCAA cross-country championships here on CBS College Sports/NCAA.com.

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Photos by Kris Dufour,

copyright Williams College

 

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Williams Women’s Soccer vs. TCNJ 11 AM Sat., Cole Field

Williams Women’s Soccer vs. The College of New Jersey in the NCAA Sectionals at 11 AM Sat. on Cole Field. Audio available at no charge on Teamline (I think Will Slack ’11 will be announcing the tournament). More information on the tournament here.

Go Ephs!

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Volleyball

Video of NCAA elite 8 match here. Adequate video quality, but not as good as JumboCast. Informed commentary. Williams is down 23-16 in game 1 against a team that seems very strong . . .

UPDATE: Alas, Williams was crushed. Ohio Northern was much better than Wellesley.

On the good side, there was a nice shot of a Williams fan (Melissa Pun’s mom?) with a cute hand-made sign after the second set.

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