Spring Highlights from 10, 25, and 50 Years Ago (Spring 2020)

Do you remember when…? Take a look back at a few highlights from The Williams Record of past spring Eph teams from 10 (2010), 25 (1995), and 50 (1970) years ago.

10 Years Ago

  • Women’s Crew – Women’s Crew Posts First on Onota – April 28th, 2010 – “‘Defend our house.’ That’s was the mentality with which women’s crew went into last weekend’s home race at Lake Onota. Lining up against Marist, Bates, Ithaca and the United States Coast Guard Academy, the women set the pace of the regatta, taking first in the 1V, 2V, varsity four and novice four raves and second in the 3V.”  Continue reading here.
  • Women’s Golf – Ninth-Ranked Women’s Golf Scores 628 En Route to Second Place Finish – April 28th, 2010 – “Women’s golf, ranked ninth nationally, hosted the Williams Invitational at Taconic last weekend and finished in second place with a score of 628, just behind first-place Amherst’s 626 result. Wellesley finished distant third with a score of 642. The team’s last regular season tournament of the year also makes its only home tournament of the spring season.” Continue reading here.
  • Women’s Tennis – Women’s Tennis Batters Conference Opponents – April 28th, 2010 – “Women’s tennis (14-2, 5-0 in the NESCAC) added three more victories to its now eight-match undefeated streak after 9-0 sweeps of conference rivals Colby and Bowdoin over the weekend and a 7-2 victory over Middlebury last Wednesday. The team’s last three matches furthered the Ephs’ undefeated conference record, putting them in good standing for the NESCAC tournament.” Continue reading here.
    Grace Baljon ’10, who won two singles matches last week, hits a forehand against Middlebury.


  • Women’s Lacrosse – Women’s Lacrosse Conquers NESCAC – May 12th, 2010 – “Following upsets of the No. 3 and No. 1 seeds in the NESCAC tournament, seventh-seeded women’s lacrosse (12-6, 4-5 in the NESCAC) claimed the programs first NESCAC title last weekend. The women shut out third-seeded Colby in the second half and came from behind to claim a 9-4 victory in the championship game on Sunday after overcoming a five-goal second-half deficit to edge out first-ranked Trinity 11-10 the day before. The women have come from behind in the second half in five games this season. Sunday’s win earns Williams its first NESCAC title and a bid to the NCAA tournament.” Continue reading here.
    Tracey Ferriter ’10 powers past a Colby defender on Sunday. The Eph had one goal and one assist in the women’s 9-4 victory over the Mules in the NESCAC title showdown.
  • Softball – Softball Climbs to Second in NESCAC West – April 21st, 2010 – “With 10 games left in the season, softball (9-17, 4-2 in the NESCAC) claimed its second NESCAC series of the season last weekend as the team defeated Middlebury at home. The women took the series when a walk off hit by Merrilee Weston ’13 capped a remarkable extra innings rubber match victory for the Ephs. The series win came after the women dropped two games to Keene State on the road early last week.” Continue reading here. 
    Mary Beth Daub ’11, who leads the Ephs with her .409 batting average as of Sunday, pitched in two of the three Eph victories last weekend, striking out 16 in 16 innings of work.
  • Baseball – Baseball Trumps Wesleyan in Doubleheader – April 28th 2010 – “Baseball (19-9-1, 9-2 in the NESCAC) stretched its win streak to eight games and clinched both the NESCAC West and Little Three titles last week. The team downed Union 15-7 on April 20 before dominating Southern Vermont 17-1 on Wednesday. The men then took the first two games of its series against Wesleyan at home on Saturday to claim the regular season conference title and the Little Three with dominating wins over both Wesleyan and Amherst. The third game of the series was meant to have been played on Sunday in Middletown, Conn., but was postponed due to weather.” Continue reading here.
    Taylor Mondshein ’13 slides into home against Wesleyan on Saturday. The third baseman went 4-7 on the day in the Ephs’ doubleheader sweep. Mondshein is hitting .345 with a .466 on-base percentage in 55 at bats on the season.
  • Men’s Track and Field Men’s Crew Crowned ECAC Champions – May 12th, 2010 – “Men’s crew followed up its impressive win over Trinity at the New England championship May 1 with another title last weekend at the ECAC National Invitational Rowing championship. Williams achieved the program’s best-ever result as the novice boat took bronze, the 2V won its first medal ever at the regatta in third place and the 1V triumphed against all comers, winning the regatta for the first time in 17 years it has competed there. The Ephs also claimed third overall when combined with the women’s results on the weekend with 100 points.” Continue reading here. 
    Josephat Koima ’12, who raced to fourth in the 800 meter Saturday, competes in the same event at the Little Threes April 18.

25 Years Ago

  • Women’s Tennis – Women’s Tennis Squad Lands NCAA Berth – May 2nd, 1995 – “After a few anxious days of waiting, the Williams women’s tennis team learned yesterday that it had been awarded a spot at this year’s NCAA Division III tennis championships, to be held May 9-12 in Sweet Briar, Va. The Ephs head into the tournament with a 12-2 mark on the year. The team went undefeated this fall and ended the 1994 campaign with the largest margin of victory ever in the New England championships…” Continue reading here.
  • Women’s Lacrosse – Laxwomen Crack .500 Barrier with Convincing 2-0 Week – May 2nd, 1995 – “The women’s lacrosse team, now 6-5 on the year, finally found some much needed consistency this past week. With victories over Mt. Holyoke and Wesleyan, the Ephs have now won three of their last four games. Williams’ 2-0 week was highlighted by the play of junior standout Kasia Sullivan, who Saturday against the Cardinals passed Ashley Edgar ’92 to become Williams’ all-time goal-scoring leader.” Continue reading here.
    Kasia Sullivan ’96 scored her 153rd Williams goal in Saturday’s 17-11 win over Wesleyan to become the school’s all-time leading goal-scorer.
  • Women’s Track and Field – New England Title Returns to Friendly Berkshire Home – May 9th, 1995 – “Thirty-one teams made the trek out to the Berkshires for the New England Division III championships. After a day of spirited competition they all returned home, but without the one thing for which they had come: the team title. That trophy will remain in Williamstown for at least another year.” Continue reading here.
    Carrie Elson ’97 (right) breaks from the blocks en route to victory in the 100-meter dash. Elson’s time of 12.32 broke her own school record and automatically qualified her for nationals.
  • Men’s and Women’s Crew – Men Go Undefeated, Women Earn Four-Race Split at Home Regatta – May 2nd, 1995 – “Williams had the home water advantage once again this week as it confronted one of the toughest races of the season against crews from the University of Massachusetts, Ithaca and Mt. Holyoke. Conditions were much better than last week as calmer water and a brisk tailwind picked up the speed of the boats.” Continue reading here.
    The women’s JV boat (bottom) glides across Lake Onota. Facing tough competition Saturday from Ithaca, UMass and Mount Holyoke, the boat finished last. From left to right are Letitia Lee ’97, Binney Putnam ’97, Heidi Weilbach ’96, and Emily Pas ’98.
  • Men’s Tennis – Marked Squad Returns from NESCACs Unblemished – May 2nd, 1995 – “When you’re on top everyone is out to get you. When you’re the Little Three champions, ranked sixth in the nation and have a 13-match winning streak, you’re marked me, as they say. The true test comes when the champion is put to its toughest task.” Continue reading here.
    Dennis Geronimus ’95 fought off four match points to defeat Conn. College’s Jean-Eric Penicaud in three sets for the NESCAC top-flight singles title
  • Men’s Lacrosse – Ephmen, Jeffs to Meet Again in Tourney Opener – May 5th, 1995 – “To play off a familiar phrase, when the going gets tough, the tough look to Amherst. After a decisive loss last Wednesday to Middlebury College, the Williams College men’s lacrosse team looked to close out its regular season as it has for each of the past six years – with the Little Three title in hand. And as would any other Williams squad, this group of Ephs would savor the opportunity to do it by downing their Lord Jeff counterparts.” Continue reading here.
    Sophomores Connor O’Rourke (left) and Matt Buck (right) put the squeeze on a Lord Jeff during a 10-6 Williams win. The two squads will meet again at Cole Field Wednesday at 4p.m. in ECAC play.

50 Years Ago

  • Men’s Golf – Hewitt, Bangser Lead Golf Win – April 21st, 1970 – “The Williams Varsity golf team scored their second triumph of the young season, overcoming a talented University of Vermont squad, 4-3, last Saturday at the Taconic Golf links. Jim Hewitt, Hank Bangser, and Mark Udall all turned in fine performances to pace the Eph victory.” Continue reading here.
  • Baseball – Baseball Team Splits – April 21st, 1970 – “The Coombsmen returned from a trip to Maine Saturday night with one victory and one loss. Lou Buck pitched a one hit shut-out Friday in Waterville, as the Ephs defeated Colby 2-0. On Saturday they were handidly defeated in Brunswick by Bowdoin 11-2.” Continue reading here.
    Dick Deslauriers pitching against A.I.C. in a game that the Ephs lost 3-0. Their record now stands at 2-2 after a weekend trip to Maine where they beat Colby but fell to a strong Bowdoin team.
  • Men’s Tennis – Coach Chaffee Honored – May 5th, 1970 – “An enthusiastic segment of the college community gathered here last weekend to pay tribute to one of Williams’ most beloved coaches.” Continue reading here.
  • Men’s Lacrosse – Lax Stops MIT – April 17th, 1970 – “Using the experience gained against Baltimore and Rutgers over Spring vacation, the varsity lacrosse squad out-hustled MIT to an 11-7 season opening win.” Continue reading here.
  • Men’s Track and Field

    Tim Burns of Williamsville, N.Y. one of four Eph pole vaulters along with Vin Raskopf, Tom McInerny, and Kevin Ulmer, goes over the bar. All except Raskopf are freshmen who are allowed to compete in Varsity competition this year due to a ruling by the Faculty Committee on Athletics. There are 25 freshmen on this year’s track squad.