Fall Highlights from 10, 25, and 50 Years Ago (Fall 2019)

Do you remember when…? Take a look back at a few highlights from The Williams Record of past fall Eph teams from 10 (2009), 25 (1994), and 50 (1969) years ago.

10 Years Ago

  • Men’s Golf Claims NESCAC Qualifier – October 7th, 2009 – “Men’s golf triumphed at last weekend’s NESCAC qualifier at Waubeeka Golf Club. After the Ephs fired 10 rounds in the 70’s, the men not only took the tournament win, but also secured the opportunity to host the NESCAC Championship at the recently renovated Taconic Golf Club in the spring.” Continue reading here.
    Chris Valle ’12 follows through after a shot on Saturday. Valle tallied a 149 two-day total in the Ephs’ victory last weekend
  • Volleyball Defeats Trinity, Amherst at Home – October 7th, 2009 – “Coming off its second place finish at the MIT Invitational tournament, volleyball (11-4, 3-0) looked to come out strong against NESCAC opponents Amherst and Trinity on Friday and Saturday following its defeat of Union on Wednesday. Thoroughly defending their home court, the Ephs were victorious in both of their matches to remain undefeated in the NESCAC.” Continue reading here.
    MIddle blockers Whitney Hitchcock ’10 and Nicole Ballon-Landa ’11 leap above the net to block an Amherst spike.

  • Women’s Crew Return to Onota After NCAA Win – September 19th, 2009 – “Women’s crew enters its fall season after winning its fourth straight national title and setting the fastest time in Div. III history. Unfortunately for the Ephs, the team graduated nine seniors, four of whom rowed for the national title, earlier in June. But after completing one of the fastest rounds of post-summer fitness testing last week, the team has high hopes for success in the upcoming fall season and beyond.” Continue reading here.
  • Women’s Golf Adjusts to New Coach, Prepares for Dartmouth – September 19th, 2009 – “This fall, women’s golfs embarks on the season while adjusting to new Head Coach Erika DeSanty. Despite the new leadership in coaching, the Ephs retain the strong veteran presence of their senior golfers. Kait O’Brien ’10, Anne O’Leary ’10, Kristin Nottebohm ’10 and Mary Gelber ’10 will help provide a solid foundation from which DeSanty can successfully build the rest of the team. These seniors played a pivotal role in the Ephs’ 2009 spring season. O’Leary, in particular, earned the NGCA All-American Scholar Honors for the third consecutive year – the first Eph golfer ever to do so – and also earned a spot on the All-NESCAC team in 2009.” Continue reading here.
  • Women’s Soccer Subdues Midd. for 3rd Straight Title – November 11th, 2009 – “Women’s Soccer (17-0-0, 9-0-0) capped its perfect regular season with a third consecutive NESCAC championship last weekend at home. Williams followed a 4-2 win against Tufts on Saturday with a highly contested 3-2 win over Middlebury. The win qualifies the Ephs, the NCSCAA’s No. 2 ranked team, for an automatic NCAA tournament berth and gave them the privilege of hosting the first two rounds.” Continue reading here.
    Sarah Wild ’11, winning a ball against Middlebury, scored two goals against Tufts on Saturday.

  • Men’s Cross Country Wins ECACs – November 11th, 2009 – “On Saturday, men’s cross country hosted the ECAC championships at Mount Greylock Regional High School. This year’s field included 43 teams and individuals from seven other squads. Most teams use ECACs as a chance to race their “second seven,” but with some teams bringing their top runners, the Williams squad of Sam Jackson ’10, Andrew Gaidus ’11, Geoff Rodriguez ’11, Jason Rapaport ’11, David Carlin ’12, Wade Davis ’13 and Brandon Abasolo ’13 locked in a tight battle for the team title. Led by Carlin, Williams ultimately pulled out the victory with a final score of 85 points, four ahead of runner-up St. Vincent. With this year’s title, Williams has now won ECACs on the men’s side five years in a row.” Continue reading here.
    Coming in 11th place, David Carlin ’12 was the Ephs’ top finisher.


25 Years Ago

  • Fall Rowing Campaign Ends with Good Fishing – November 1st, 1994 – “The crew team went to the Head of the Fish regatta in Saratoga, N.Y., Saturday for the Ephs’ last race of the fall season. The regatta is traditionally very laid back and is famous for the trophies given out, which have revolting fish heads mounted on a plaque. The rowers look forward to the regatta as a fun way to spend their last day on the water before beginning five long months of winter training.” Continue reading here.
  • Ephs Open Fall Campaign with Bagel Over Vassar – September 27th, 1994 – “The men’s tennis team, the defending NESCAC champion, welcomed Vassar Saturday with a 9-0 win in what was its only dual match of the fall season. The Ephs, who play a full schedule in the spring, were to have opened the fall with a trip to SUNY-Albany to defend their Great Dane Tennis Classic, but in the midst of the school’s fight to keep tennis and other sports programs alive, the tournament was canceled.” Continue reading here.
    Dennis Geronimus ’95 returns from Oxford with a smash in Saturday’s match against Vassar.

  • Three-setter Successes Reap Two Lopsided Results – September 27th, 1994 – “The women’s tennis team played two matches this week in its crusade to defeat every team on its fall schedule. This week’s victims were Union and Smith. The Ephwomen dominated Union last Tuesday with a 9-0 win. Saturday against Smith, the Ephwomen again left no question unanswered as to who was the better team, with a resounding 8-1 victory.” Continue reading here.
  • Postseaon Prophesy To Be Challenged In New Venue – November 1st, 1994 – “The field hockey team finished up its regular season this week with two more wins, bring its tally to an outstanding 12-1-1. The Ephs have not lost a contest since their first fame of the season against Clark and hope to fulfill their tournament prophesy that over the past five years, every time Williams has lost its first game to Clark, the team has advanced to the ECAC tournament finals. Last year, the Ephs opened their season with a win over Clark and were eliminated in the ECAC tournament semifinals.” Continue reading here.
    Tory Bender ’97 winds up for a drive as a Springfield defender awaits.

  • Ephwomen Hit Stride at Right Time, Defy Prognosticators in Upset Win – November 15th, 1994 – “‘Three teams will earn the right to advance to the national meet at Lehigh University. Two of the positions appear to be all but locked up [by] Colby and Bowdoin…. Williams College… appears to have the depth necessary to contend for a national berth.’ Or so the official program for the Division III New England women’s cross country championships predicted. Future predictions may be less decisively worded as the underdog Williams squad ran away with the New England title Saturday, a prize that was not quite locked up by either Colby or Bowdoin.” Continue reading here.
  • Season Long Quest Ends As Ephmen Realize Goal – November 15th, 1994 – “8-0! Despite a valiant second quarter effort by the Lord Jeffs, the Ephmen pulled away in the second half for a 48-14 victory at Amherst and its third-ever undefeated season. The key to Williams’ victory was a career performance by Brian Gugliotta ’95 who ran for 241 yards and four touchdowns in his final collegiate game.” Continue reading here.
    Canterbury’s Athlete of the Week: “This week’s award goes to Brian Gugliotta ’95, running back on the football team. In Saturday’s win over Amherst, Brian rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns to earn NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Brian’s 1,021 yards on the season make him the fourth Eph ever to rush for 1,000 yards. Congratulations, Brian, and thanks for hour great seasons!”


50 Years Ago

  • Gridders Run Over Middlebury, 37-14 – October, 14th, 1969 – “A brilliant offensive machine churned out over 500 yards in total offense Saturday, as the Williams football team steamrolled Middlebury’s lackluster Panthers by a convincing 37-14 margin. It was the ninth victory in a row for the Ephs who have dominated the hapless Middies in this series which began back in 1906, winning 36 out of 43 games.” Continue reading here.
    Tailback Jack Maitland, who romped for 227 yards in Saturday’s win over Middlebury, pushing his career rushing total to a hefty 2,341 yards

  • Chaffeemen Top Jeffs, Win Title; Searles Boots Two in 2-0 Win – November 18th, 1969 – “On this cold and windy Saturday morning the spirited soccer team won the Little Three title by shutting-out Amherst 2-0. The victory marked the end of coach Clarence Chaffee’s extremely successful twenty-year coaching career in soccer.” Continue reading here.
    Closing out their careers with a 2-0 win over Amherst and a Little Three Championship Saturday were senior tri-captains Pete Thorp, Dave Norris, and Rob Durkee.

  • X-Country: ‘The Ideal Williams Team’ – October 17th, 1969 – “Webster defines the verb ‘to run’ as ‘to go faster than a walk, specifically, to go steadily by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant in each step.’ For centuries, running was the principle means of fast locomotion for all of mankind. Who could forget the noble Greeks and their impressive runs at Marathon. But alas, as man developed the horse and the automobile for his locomotive purposes, the art of running declined.” Continue reading here.
    Coach Tony Plansky, considered by some to be the greatest college athlete of his time has been the driving force behind the cross-country team over the years
    Senior capt. Bran Potter spoke at length of the values of running cross-country at Williams.