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Daniel Okstein

Daniel Okstein '26  is a prospective history major from Sharon, Mass. He is a staff writer for the sports section.

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Men’s baseball closed out its season with a 9-22, 2-10 NESCAC record and high hopes for the seasons to come. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

What the stat sheet misses: Okstein ’26 reflects on this year’s baseball season

Daniel Okstein May 1, 2024
Baseball is one of a kind, in that it is primarily a game of failure. The best hitters in the world fail seven out of every 10 at bats, and they still make the hall of fame. The most dominant pitchers often fail to get a batter out at least once an inning. As Volunteer Assistant Coach, Stan Parese, told us before one of our weekend series, three batters must fail each inning for the game to progress — rendering failure an essential outcome for any game. So while our season (9-22, 2-10 NESCAC) did not turn out as we had hoped, the high points showcased flashes of the type of resilience that all great baseball teams possess.
The 1v placed 15th and the 2v placed 26th in the 35-boat field at Head of the Charles in Cambridge. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Women’s crew fares well at Head of the Charles despite tough conditions

Daniel Okstein, Staff Writer October 25, 2023

Last Sunday, women’s crew traveled across the state to compete in the famed Head of the Charles regatta on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. 200,000 spectators flocked to attend the largest three-day...

The Ephs currently sit in third place in the NESCAC, just half a game ahead of Bowdoin and Bates. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Field hockey contends with fierce schedule, improves season record to 7-4

Daniel Okstein October 18, 2023
Last weekend, nationally ranked No. 9 field hockey (7-4, 4-2 NESCAC) split its two games, earning a hard fought 3-1 victory over No. 19 Wesleyan (8-5, 4-4 NESCAC) on Saturday before falling on Sunday by a score of 2-1 in an overtime loss to No. 7 Tufts (10-3, 7-1 NESCAC). After their win over Wesleyan and against No. 14 Amherst (7-5, 4-4 NESCAC) on Sept. 30, the Ephs have clinched this year’s Little 3 Title.
(Theo Duarte-Baird/The Williams Record)

The psychology of individual sports

Daniel Okstein May 10, 2023
Five athletes who compete in individual events spoke to the Record about mindset, outlook, and community.
After beating Tufts in the NESCAC Quarterfinals Match, No. 11 womens tennis fell to Middlebury. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

No. 11 women’s tennis beats Tufts, falls to Middlebury in NESCAC semifinals

Daniel Okstein May 3, 2023
Women’s tennis (12-6, 7-3 NESCAC), ranked 11th in the nation, continued its strong season by defeating No. 10-ranked Tufts (8-9, 7-3 NESCAC) 5-1 in the NESCAC Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday.
Despite a rocky start, the Ephs won nine of their last 14 games. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Softball falls to Amherst, sweeps Middlebury in weekend doubleheaders

Daniel Okstein April 26, 2023
On Saturday, softball (13-13, 7-5 in the NESCAC) bounced back from Friday’s two losses against Amherst (21-11, 9-5 in the NESCAC) by sweeping Middlebury (13-13, 4-8 in the NESCAC) in its doubleheader on the road.
Baseball played its opening games in Florida and South Carolina.

Spring sports teams recount spring break training trips

Daniel Okstein April 12, 2023
Over spring break, several spring teams embarked on their annual training trips in search of warmer weather and non-conference competition.
The Ephs defeated Smith in their three-game win streak to start the season (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Women’s lacrosse enjoys early success, looks ahead to season

Daniel Okstein March 15, 2023
This past weekend, women’s lacrosse (3-1, 1-1 in the NESCAC) continued its three-game win streak, defeating seventh-ranked Colby (0-3, 0-2 in the NESCAC) 10-8.
Molly FitzGibbons took third in the 3000m at the Tufts Qualifier. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Women’s track and field excels after sweeping New Englands, looks towards Nationals

Daniel Okstein March 8, 2023
13 members of the women's track and field team have qualified for the 2023 NCAA Div. III Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, to be held March 10-11 in Birmingham, Ala.
Kelly McCarthy 23.5, co-captain of womens ice hockey. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Captain’s Corner: Kelly McCarthy ’23

Daniel Okstein March 1, 2023
The Record checked in with women's ice hockey captain Kelly McCarthy '23.
Chloe Aust ’25 skis into a top 20 finish for her event at the Harvard Carnival giant slalom. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Ski teams look to channel recent momentum for upcoming Winter Carnival race

Daniel Okstein February 15, 2023
This weekend the Williams Alpine and Nordic ski teams, ranked number 8 overall in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA), will host the Williams Carnival. This is the fifth carnival of this year’s EISA collegiate circuit and the first home competition during the College’s Winter Carnival weekend since 2020. 
On the heels of a victorious regular season, women’s soccer clinched a NESCAC playoff spot. (Photos courtesy of Olivia Dabinett)

Women’s soccer finds regular season success, looks to playoffs

Daniel Okstein and Kitt Urdang October 26, 2022
The women’s soccer team (10–3–2, 7–2–1 NESCAC) is sitting in second place ahead of NESCAC playoffs after notching regular season wins against skilled rivals, including Tufts, Bowdoin, and Amherst.
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