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The Ephs will play the Tufts Jumbos on Friday for their first of two NESCAC matchups this weekend.

Women’s basketball beats Bowdoin, Middlebury, climbs to second-place ranking in NESCAC

Noor Naseer January 25, 2023
The women’s basketball team (13-6, 4-1 NESCAC) is currently ranked second in the NESCAC, after wins against Bowdoin and Middlebury and a loss to Amherst this week.
Varsity soccer players populate the womens JV basketball team. (Photo courtesy of Avery Mohan)

From cleats to tap shoes: Students step into Winter Study sports

Quinn Casey January 25, 2023
Students reflected on classes through the Athletic Department and Free University program that allowed them to engage in unconventional sports over Winter Study.
For a twenty-fifth consecutive year, community gathers in memory of Matt Stauffer ’96

For a twenty-fifth consecutive year, community gathers in memory of Matt Stauffer ’96

Izzy Polanco January 15, 2023
Family and friends of Matt Stauffer ’96 gather annually at the College in remembrance of the senior tri-captain of the men’s soccer team who passed away on Jan. 10, 1998 after a three-year battle with leukemia. On Jan. 10, 2023, the group gathered once again at the Rock to remember and honor Stauffer’s life, marking the 25th consecutive year that the group has reconnected.
The Ephs blazed past opponents, including the No. 1 ranked Messiah University Falcons, to advance to the title game. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Men’s soccer falls to UChicago 2-0 in NCAA Div. III National Championship game, ending Cinderella run

Izzy Polanco December 7, 2022
The University of Chicago Maroons (22–0–1) defeated the Ephs (10–2–11, 4–1–5 NESCAC) 2-0 in the NCAA Div. III National Championship game on Saturday, putting an end to the Ephs’ Cinderella run. The Ephs earned an at-large berth in the tournament and, after winning a series of tightly contested matches, landed a spot in the championship game for the first time since taking home the national title in 1995.

Inside Williamstown’s Tuesday Night Rides

Skylar Yarter December 7, 2022
For the last 16 years, the Tuesday Night Ride cycling tradition has brought together a hodgepodge group of Williamstown residents, students, and faculty.
Bill Kangas goes incognito in the Ephelia costume at a women’s golf match. (Photo courtesy of Tomas Adalsteinsson.)

What it’s like to be Ephelia: Students and staff reveal stories from their time inside the iconic costume

Annie Lu November 30, 2022
Inside a large bag on the third floor of Mears House lies an assortment of purple-and-yellow fabric parts: two hooved shoes, a pair of purple gloves, a zippered jumpsuit, and a helmet in the shape of a cow’s head. This is where the College’s mascot, Ephelia, resides while off duty.
Projessor Bakija competed at a tournament in Sarasota, Fla., earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Katie Cooper/UltiPhotos.)

Jon Bakija recounts storied ultimate frisbee career

Gabe Miller November 30, 2022
Over the years, Professor and Chair of Economics Jon Bakija has played a lot of ultimate frisbee. Through the sport, he met his wife, fostered a love for athletics, and competed in world championships. This is his ultimate frisbee story.
Football “took the Walk” after their Homecoming win against Amherst, ending 3–6 and on a high note. Co-Captain Ian Devine ’23 called his final Walk “surreal. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Football triumphs 20-10 over Amherst at Homecoming

Izzy Polanco November 16, 2022
The football team (3–6) finished their season on a high note with a homecoming win against Amherst. Both teams entered the matchup with 2–6 records, vying to bring home a win in the “The Biggest Little Game in America.”
The womens crew team finished seventh at the Head of the Charles regatta in October. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Students find community by walking on to crew teams

Payton Ahola November 16, 2022
Much of the recent success of both men’s and women’s crew can be attributed to the walk-ons, athletes who were not recruited for the sport and joined the team after arriving at the College.
Maddy Mandyck ’22.5, a fifth-year on women’s basketball, blocks a shot. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Basketball fifth-years reflect on taking time off, leadership, and team culture

Chloe Aust November 16, 2022
While life at the College was overwhelmed with COVID protocols many student-athletes decided to take time off to maximize their college athletic careers, creating a substantial class of “fifth-years.”
(Photo courtesy of Olivia Dabinett.)

Pre-game songs and mid-game cheers: Ultimate frisbee and women’s soccer talk team traditions

Megan Lin November 9, 2022
In the second article of a two-part series, the Record spoke with Williams Ultimate Frisbee Organization (WUFO) and the women’s soccer team about the traditions that foster a sense of camaraderie.
Women’s cross country won the NESCAC championship in October. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Six varsity teams move on to NCAA postseason competition this weekend

Kitt Urdang November 9, 2022
Six varsity teams will compete in NCAA postseason competition this week: field hockey, volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s soccer, and men’s soccer. 
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