Sports Shorts: Mid-season update on winter teams

Anika Lee

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Overall: 14–5 | NESCAC: 3–2

Women’s basketball opened the season with 11 consecutive wins. Despite a few subsequent losses, the women bounced back on Jan. 25, defeating Middlebury 59-50. Mikaela Topper ’21 dominated the game with 4 assists and a striking 18 points. Maggie Meehan ’21 leads the team this season with an average of 13.2 points per game, placing her within the top 10 shooting leaders in NESCAC. 

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

The men took second at the Little Three Championships, with first place finishes by Scott Fineberg ’22 in the weight throw, captain Mykel Miller ’20 in the shot put and Cole O’Flaherty ’21 in the 400-meter dash. The men also took home first place at the Nazareth Conference Challenge Cup on Jan. 26. The Ephs dominated the long distance runs, with Aidan Ryan ’21 and Tristan Colaizzi ’20 finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the 1000-meter run. Will McGovern ’20 clinched first in the 5000-meter. 

MEN’S SQUASH

Overall: 9–5

No. 17 men’s squash followed early tough losses against Columbia and Dartmouth with five consecutive victories between Jan. 5 and Jan. 17. With his winning streak against competitors at Bates, Bowdoin and Colby, Wyatt Khosrowshahi ’21 was named NESCAC Player of the Week on Jan. 13. In their final home match of the season on Jan. 24, the men secured a 5-4 win against the No. 25 St. Lawrence. Last Sunday, the men beat Tufts in a 6-3 away match-up.  

MEN’S SWIM AND DIVE

After two seasons without new divers, the men welcomed divers Ben Shapiro ’23 and Kobe Tray ’23 to the team. The men competed against Connecticut College on Jan. 18, where they dominated with a final score of 206-88. The Ephs went undefeated with a seven-game winning streak against Div. III competition before narrowly falling to MIT on Jan. 24. In their final dual meet of the season, the men emerged victorious against both Middlebury and Hamilton to end the year with a dual meet record of 10-1. 

NORDIC AND ALPINE SKIING

Nordic and Alpine traveled to Vermont on Jan. 25 for the second day of the Craftsbury Supertours and the UVM Carnival, respectively. At Craftsbury, Nordic skier Ingrid Thyr ’20 placed 32nd among all female collegiate racers, while Isaac Freitas-Eagan ’22 clinched fourth place against all collegiate men in the individual 10k event. At the UVM Carnival, five Ephs secured finishes in the top 50 for the individual 5k race, with Maddie Deko ’21 leading in ninth place. Will Kannegieser ’20 finished second for the Ephs, placing 19th. The Ephs then overcame difficult terrain to place sixth overall. 

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

The women started their indoor season at the BU Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener, where Megan Powell ’20 set a school record of 56.43 seconds in the 400-meter race. Following the strong opening, the women claimed their 35th consecutive Little Three Championship on Jan. 11. The Ephs next competed in the Conference Challenge Cup on January 25th. Sierra Diaz ’20 won the triple jump with a personal best of 11.15 meters. Eva Borton ’23 dominated the 5000-meter race and Izabelle Ith ’21 marked a facility record in the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 9.15 seconds. 

MEN’S SQUASH

 
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY

Overall: 9–5–3 | NESCAC: 6–3–1

The women began the year with five wins, before narrowly losing to Bowdoin in a 5-4 game on Jan. 25. Despite the Ephs’ strong comeback in the second and third periods, the Bears clinched the game with a goal 13 seconds into overtime. Elizabeth Welch ’22 led the game, scoring 2 of the Ephs’ 4 points. “I think we had some defensive zone lapses that Bowdoin capitalized on,” said head coach Meghan Gillis after the game.

WOMEN’S SQUASH

Overall: 12–3

No. 13 women’s squash secured a decisive 9-0 win against Tufts on Jan. 26, marking their ninth consecutive win since Jan. 5. In their final home game of the season, the team triumphed over St. Lawrence with a 9-0 win, despite the absence of co-captains Anna Nicholson ’20 and Kathryn Wright ’22. Ranked one spot ahead of George Washington, the women proved their prowess with a 6-3 victory in their most competitive match of this season. 

WRESTLING

The men decisively opened the season with a 28-18 victory against Trinity on November 15. Co-captain Yo Akiyama ’19 led the team with a 15-4 victory against his competitor. The men then took ninth place overall at the Doug Parker Invitation on November 23, with co-captain Joey Rossetti ’21 securing first, Akiyama placing third and David Yeh ’22 finishing fifth. The men then achieved a solid 3–1 record at the NEWA Duals, defeating Wesleyan, Bridgewater and RIC. 

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Overall: 9–9 | NESCAC: 2–3

Following their landmark 23–7 finish last year, the Ephs have had a shaky start to the season. In their most recent game on Jan. 25, the men struggled against Middlebury and ultimately fell 84-66. Matt Karpowicz ’20 leads the Ephs so far this season with an average of 15.6 points per game, which places him within the top 10 in the NESCAC. The men are currently No. 7 in the conference.

WOMEN’S SWIM AND DIVE

After finishing fourth at the NCAA Championships last year, the Ephs continued their winning streak with an impressive start to the season. On November 16, the women trumped WPI, Tufts and Wesleyan, securing their 100th straight Div. III victory. In their last home meet of the year, the Ephs defeated MIT and NYU. The women then bested both Hamilton and Middlebury on January 25, ending the dual meet season undefeated with an 11-0 record. 

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY

Overall: 11–4–1 | NESCAC: 8–2

The men opened the season with four straight wins before falling to Babson 5-0. In the time since, the men have triumphed over a number of conference rivals, including Amherst, Wesleyan and Colby. On Jan. 25, the men faced Bowdoin and secured a 5-1 victory. Jack Forrest ’22 led the Ephs, clinching 3 of the 5 goals for the men. This win propelled the men to No. 1 in the NESCAC.