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Interesting warning as I started to reply....about the length of time of last topic reply. About a year ago, I posted on the Amherst vs Williams games....Amherst won two out of three.  It had been about 120 days from the last reply made.
Oh well.   
Amherst Under it’s new HC won his first two Amherst vs Williams games on Saturday in Willytown. 
This is noted since, Amherst and Williams played the first college baseball in baseball history just down the road in Pittsfield, Ma.  Remembered the replay of that first game in Pittsfield in my lifetime.  There is a ballpark near the spot of the first game.  Watched a game in the ballpark awhile back.
Today, Amherst will play the third game against Williams at Memorial Field in Amherst...a postponed game.  It is noted that Robert Frost when he was teaching at Amherst, would often join his faculty friends in watching baseball on Memorial Field.  There is a large statue of Robert Frost placed in the main quad...Freshman Quad...just overlooking the field and close to the Frost Library.  JFK came up to Amherst to dedicate the Library in the Fall of 1963...soon afterwards JFK would lose his life.
Will be watching the third game today online.  Important game in the standings in the West Division for both teams.

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Ah!.....the input of the Development Office has appeared again on this board.  It is always in the background wrt to Nescac sports teams.  It has been in Amherst’s past and in the present Amherst Capital Program.  I point to the Hugh Athletic Complex underway at Colby.  It is noted that Williams is near the end of its Capital Development Campaign...soon to be followed by Bates.  Amherst’s is in its first year of it’s call for money.  Hamilton has just recently announced its Capital Campaign.   Will not be surprised if Wesleyan and Middlebury are making plans...it’s been awhile.  The Cardinal AD was a key to Wes’s last one.  Remember when Midd did a refresh of it’s Athletic facilities. 
Yes, there is always competition  for football student athletes, etc.  Facilitities and coaches help in recruiting as does Winning programs. 
I know...just repeating what many others have done.  Tufts’ program got a big boost when its facilities were upgraded and an all new “training” Complex was finished....for all students.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 29, 2019, 11:33:08 am »
Some random posts here.
Agree that “political potential” topics must be kept off this board.
Saw the past week, some replay of Un. Of Mich. NCAA games in 2018 and earlier.  Former FY EPH player who was “ one and done”  at Williams in order to attend UMich. was seen in both games wearing “brightly colored” shoes...different colors in the two games. 
Hope Jumpshot got to view Duncan too :).
Jumpshot.....your comment of helping Amherst grads/students is most generous and surprising to me.
Aware you are a D.C. area resident...posts on D.C. area playgrounds, etc.   Are you an alum of Williams??.  When I was much younger, I hung around a number of the same playgrounds.  Caught the HC of the Celtics...Red A....and a number of sports writers watching too.  My younger brother is a HS classmate of Red’s daughter at the local public high school.  Small world post.

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New England Region / Re: BB: LEC: Little East Conference
« on: March 28, 2019, 11:12:38 am »
Watched a few innings of the ECSU vs Wesleyan game in Middletown.  It is a shame the game is on the the oldest football field in continuous play in the USA.  At least it is on grass.  The ECSU’s newest HC, a Middlebury grad., Ct. native, was the HC of Amherst last season. 
Great hire, ECSUalum :).  He is aware of the Wesleyan for sure.

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Though immersed in D1 March Madness lately.....dropped in on this board to cite a news story on the Amherst website that may impact future posts here.
At 18:21 military notation time, Amherst has provided general info on next year’s entering class.  Amherst is sending out acceptance notices!  11% of over 10,000 plus applicants have been accepted.  Maybe more definitive info on the incoming FYs...in particular the football recruits will be available as well as the basketball student athletes, etc., etc.   Other Nescac schools have also been making similar announcements recently on their websites.
It is to be noted that this is the first incoming class that former Dean of Admission at MIT has been involved with....Head of Admission and Fin. aid....the head person....getting lost in the latest title morass these days. :'(

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Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: March 16, 2019, 06:57:45 pm »
Just watched the replay of the men’s game at Stevenson, md.  Three Nescac teams playing games.....Midd, Amherst, Wesleyan.  Amherst won in a thriller over RIT...both undefeated.  No. 2 ranked RIT is no longer undefeated! :).  Good Tourny for ranked teams to play out of conference foes.
Was in Annapolis, Md.....home of the U.S. Naval Academy.  Checking out the scene and favorite bookstores, art galleries, etc.  Several classmates have sailboats berthed there including a frat classmate  that went to Deerfield Acad.

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Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:42:42 am »
Amherst’s women lacrosse team has stormed back after it’s season opener loss.  An indication of getting over their “ showing up and winning attitude “ was there last win over the ladies from upper NY state.  Down 3-0, the team got a talk from the coaches.  Amherst fought back to a 5-6 halftime score.  In the second half, Amherst shut the opponent down and won in a blowout.  Would have loved to overhear the HC remarks, but it was tooooo cold on the field and I was online :).
Hannah Fox, a star on the WBB  team, has her name added to the roster now.  Expect her talents to show up in the box/stats soon.  Quite a lacrosse player.
Vandy74, nice to see your comments.  Heard your comments on Hoopsville recently.  What’s your sister in law doing now?....since her retirement from the Midd HC lacrosse job..

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Middle Atlantic Region / Re: Landmark Conference
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:20:54 am »
ronk....if Amherst had won it’s sectional, I would have joined you in Salem.  Alas, will await another season....next year when the three Amherst starters are seniors....maybe....all of your “ recruit list” players :)

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Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC Hoops
« on: March 11, 2019, 02:13:58 pm »
Side note of sorts to UWPSUPERFAN77.  LeFrak gym...used for basketball and volleyball games was rebuilt and enlarged after a fire.  It is large enough for two courts now and can hold graduation ceremonies indoors if needed.  In fact, the complex of facilities have been updated and upgraded recently too....see facilities info on the website.  Amherst with an enrollment of 1800 plus, is now spending big bucks for overall school improvements.....recently completed a 240,000 sq. Ft. new Science Center in the Fall, 2018. 
Thanks for your praise of the WBB team...three are multi sport players.  A senior guard plays on the soccer team, a junior forward...the one that had her shot blocked and made a shot to take the game into OT is a fine volleyball player from Ct.  Jr guard, Fox, has just had her name added to the lacrosse team.....very good player.  Sat with her parents at Gettysburg College, PA. last spring.  Amherst with significant contributions from Hannah Fox almost beat Gettysburg in a NCAA sectional game.

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Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC Hoops
« on: March 10, 2019, 09:17:21 am »
Amherst’s HC seems to prefer a “small in number” squad....11 players.  Last year, several players were injured and one was never dressed for the games.
The only conference team to remain is Bowdoin.  The Lady Royals finally beat Tufts and will be this year’s Purple and White team in the Final 4. 

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 10, 2019, 09:09:10 am »
It’s raining here in Md. and the temp will be up in the 60’s this evening....maybe Spring is here finally?  Went to the Amherst website and see it is snowing on the campus.  Saw pictures of the women’s tennis team...won first match...in Florida....joining the softball and baseball teams.
The basketball season for the Nescac teams has ended.  The Bowdoin’s WBB team will be in Salem.  Will congrat them here.  My attention will now turn to D1 teams in basketball for awhile....UConn women’s....but what Men’s team?
Maybe the Un. of Vermont...presently tops in their conf and the school where a frequent poster here played.  Saw MSU beat the higher ranked Un of Mich. last night to win the regular second title in their conference...formally known as the Big Ten.  Maybe follow them...the Spartans, I believe.  Had a happy moment with a MSU alum in Salem Va.  Believe it was the Time of the First Amherst MBB National Title.  The MSU alum had a son on the Amherst team.  He ran a business in Ann Arbor!! The man was on the playing floor with me and was looking around to see which hanging NCAA banner to take down for a souvenir :).  Yelp...will follow the Spartans in the March Madness to come.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 09, 2019, 02:43:43 pm »
I’m back to chat a little more wrt MBB. >:(.  Over lunch, saw a WSJ sport’s article about another matchup between UNC and Duke...this time in The Dean Dome!  It’s at 7PM.  The first one in Cameron Stadium on Feb.20 when Duke was ranked no.1 and full of non students willing to pay over 2000 bucks for a ticket, was the one where a FY player named Zion Williamson blew out his sneakers in the first 30 seconds...went out with an injury and never returned and UNC won.  That game or parts of it was watched by an audience of 4.5 million...tuned in.  Maybe I should not mention it on this D3 board?   Oh well....have a lot of connections to both UNC and Duke.  My grand nephew was a walk on to the UNC football team. My god daughter got her PHD from UNC....went to her graduation in the Dean Dome.  Attended a special Duke’s Business school program, etc.   Maybe I will watch a bit of the Williams game to root for the last Nescac MBB team....you think.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 09, 2019, 11:34:39 am »
Had to gather my thoughts and feelings this morning after watching both the MBB and the WBB games yesterday.  Several brief remarks on the women’s side.  Amherst lost in OT to the no. 2 team on their home court.  Nice three year run with two national titles won.  They should be in the running next season.
On the men’s side, I will call it an evening of the “underdog wins”....though I not sure the Ephs’ win was an upset.  Anyway, congrats to the Williams’ players!  They now carry the Nescac banner. 
At the Amherst site, Nicolas upset Amherst and The Garnet won over a higher ranked RMC squad.  Should be a good game this evening though I may search for some D1 games to watch.  I’m a fan of UConn WBB.
On the matter of limited Amherst fans....there were a large number on hand and I recognized the fans/alums that live in the Amherst area...and an alum from NY that helped bring the HC of the Lady Jeffs to Amherst.  Sat with him and his wife in Salem Va. several times.  Think he was on the board of Governors/trustees at Hamilton.  As to the students....remember there are a number of student athletes elsewhere, including Florida...baseball, softball, swimming teams and indoor track, maybe even the tennis teams...on yes, the WBB team.  Hats off to the Nicolas students/fans and the school in supporting their team.

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Trin8-0.....you are starting to scare me with all this talk wrt Bantam talent...in the midst of March Madness too! :).   Just kidding here.
In response to the earlier poster’s question on next season.....good news for Amherst in that both Midd and the Bantams play at Pratt Field.  Still Amherst goes to Williams and the Tufts for expected battles. Believe in recent history,  Amherst tend to be more successful against such tough opponents.  Wrt to the Cardinals....in Middletown?  It will be a toss-up in Ct.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 07, 2019, 02:27:08 pm »
BluesBrother......interesting info.  Yes, your school’s writeup of Williams MBB team is knowledgeable.  However, there is an error....the Ephs were never the no.1 ranked team in the NCAA NE regional rankings.  Still the EPHs are always a tough team to beat....in any sporting event.

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