On to 2017! Hopefully the NESCAC Conference can make it 4 titles in a row...
On that subject, who do we think the favorites for the NESCAC title will be next year?
I did not keep up with the NESCAC very well this year besides Tufts (because of geography and interest) and the Maine teams (mostly Bowdoin because of my family connections) so I don't really know who is looking like the best squad coming back. Based on what I know, I am tempted to say it is wide open – even with Tufts' and Amherst's success in recent years, I do not see one clear favorite for next year. Amherst loses a good number of starters. Tufts loses a decent amount right down the spine – Greenwood, Sullivan, Zach Halliday, Lawson, Becherano, and Majumder. I think having Hlinomaz coming back next year will be big for Amherst and I think Tufts has some good young guys but I think the loss of guys like Greenwood – a four-year starter and arguably the key to Tufts' title success this year – and Majumder and Becherano could be bigger than the Jumbos realize at the moment and could see them come back to the pack a bit more next year, but you never know. That said, I like Tasker a lot and Rojas and Braun made big impacts this year and could become household names in years to come.
Elsewhere, I think Midd.'s losses of Conrad and Glaser will be big. Conn's loss of Devlin will likely be big as well. Gimand and Savonen were the guys keeping Trinity competitive from what I could tell. I am tempted to say Bates could surprise but I said that I thought they would this year and they did not have a good year, finishing below .500. I look forward to the year that they finally break out and have a good year, but it doesn't seem likely to happen anytime soon. Is Hamilton legit or did they just overachieve this year?
Seems like Bowdoin brings back a good amount, Niang is a beast. Did we ever find out what happened to Van Siclen?