Buff & Blue Weekly Preview

Buff & Blue Weekly Preview

Take a look at what's going on with the Buff and Blue this week!

Basketball, Men
Basketball, Women
Hockey, Men
Hockey, Women
Squash, Women
Swimming, Men
Track & Field, Men and Women

* NESCAC contest

Men's Basketball

TUFTS UNIVERSITY
2020 NESCAC Championship
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m.
Medford, Mass.

Watch | Live Stats

Records: Hamilton (16-8 overall) goes into the postseason with a two-game win streak after defeating Trinity and Connecticut College last weekend. The Continentals tied for seventh place in the conference standings with a 4-6 record and earned the eighth seed for the championship. Five of Hamilton's six NESCAC losses were by seven points or less. The Continentals and Tufts are meeting in the postseason for the fourth year in a row. The Jumbos (18-6) fell by 12 points at Middlebury and by five points at Williams last weekend as they dropped their first two conference games this season. Despite the setbacks, Tufts (8-2 NESCAC) tied for first place in the conference standings and earned the No. 1 seed for the championship. The Jumbos received votes in this week's D3hoops.com Top 25 poll and are ranked fourth in the Northeast Region according to the NCAA.

Last Meeting: Tufts was a 78-72 winner in Massachusetts on Jan. 17.

Series: 16-13 (Tufts)


Women's Basketball

BOWDOIN COLLEGE
2020 NESCAC Championship
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.
Brunswick, Maine

Watch | Live Stats

Records: Hamilton (15-9 overall) split its 10 NESCAC games, tied for fifth place in the conference standings and earned the sixth seed for the championship. The five NESCAC wins and seeding are the best by the Continentals since they joined the conference for basketball in 2011-12. Hamilton is playing in the postseason for the first time since 2015. Bowdoin (22-2) won by 33 points at Wesleyan last Sunday. Both of the Polar Bears' losses have come in their last five games. Bowdoin (8-2 NESCAC) tied for second place in the conference standings and received the third seed for the championship. The Polar Bears lead the NESCAC with 78.0 points per game, as well as field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage. Bowdoin is fourth in the Division III Top 25 coaches poll and fifth in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, and ranked fourth in the Northeast Region according to the NCAA.

Last Meeting: Bowdoin prevailed 89-74 just two weeks ago on Feb. 8 in New York. Carly O'Hern '20 set a Hamilton women's basketball record with eight 3-pointers against the Polar Bears.

Series: 15-1 (Bowdoin)


Men's Hockey

WILLIAMS COLLEGE*
Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
Williamstown, Mass.

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Records: Hamilton (10-8-4, 9-5-2 NESCAC) had its conference unbeaten streak come to an end at nine games with a 3-2 overtime setback against Connecticut College last Saturday. The Continentals are in third place in the NESCAC standings going into the final weekend of the regular season. Hamilton will finish either as the No. 2, 3 or 4 seed and will host a 2020 NESCAC Men's Hockey Championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 29. Williams (15-6-1, 12-4-0) swept Middlebury last weekend by scores of 3-2 (OT) and 5-3. The Ephs are ranked 12th in this week's USCHO.com Division III Top 15 poll and are in first place in the conference standings.

Last Meeting: Hamilton blanked Williams 1-0 at Russell Sage Rink back on Dec. 6.

Series: 72-62-16 (Williams)


MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE*
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.
Middlebury, Vt.

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Records: Middlebury (8-11-3, 6-7-3) has one win in its last 12 games and is just 2-6-2 this season at Chip Kenyon Arena. The Panthers are tied for fifth place in the conference standings. Middlebury played Amherst at home on Friday night.

Last Meeting: The Panthers shut out Hamilton 3-0 on Dec. 7 in New York.

Series: 89-37-6 (Middlebury)


Women's Hockey

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE*
Russell Sage Rink

Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. -- Watch | Live Stats
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. -- Watch | Live Stats

Records: Hamilton (14-8-0, 8-6 NESCAC) has won three in a row and eight of its last 10 after sweeping last-place Wesleyan in Connecticut last weekend. The Continentals are in fourth place in the conference standings and will host a 2020 NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 29 with a good weekend at home against Connecticut College. The Camels (13-6-3, 6-5-3) posted a loss and a tie against Colby at home last weekend. Connecticut College is in sixth place in the conference standings going into the final weekend of the regular season. This two-game series features the top two offenses in the NESCAC as Hamilton is first in goals per game and the Camels are second.

Last Meeting: The Continentals blanked Connecticut College 2-0 in last season's regular season finale in New London.

Series: 22-11-9 (Hamilton)


Women's Squash

AMHERST COLLEGE
CSA National Team Championships
Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m.
Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)

Records: Hamilton (8-9 overall) split a pair of matches in the 2020 NESCAC Women's Squash Championship at Wesleyan on Feb. 7 and 8. The Continentals are the eighth seed in the Walker Cup (C Division) and Amherst is the top seed. The winner of their quarterfinal will take on the winner of Wesleyan and Bowdoin in a semifinal on Saturday morning at 9:30. The other teams in the Walker Cup main draw are Tufts, William Smith College, Dickinson College and Franklin & Marshall College. The Mammoths (11-6) won one out of three matches two weekends ago at the NESCAC championship.

Last Meeting: Amherst was a 9-0 winner at home on Jan. 25.


Men's Swimming

2020 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thursday, Feb. 20 - Sunday, Feb. 23
Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.)

Watch | Live Results

Just the Facts: The four-day meet will be held at Williams College's Carl R. Samuelson and Robert B. Muir Pool. The 800-yard freestyle relay is the only event scheduled for Thursday night at 7 p.m. Preliminary heats start at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the finals begin anywhere from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Four teams are ranked in the latest Division III Top 25 coaches poll.

Who to Watch: Hamilton's Nick Wilkins '22 has the fourth-fastest peformance in the 50-yard breaststroke in the NESCAC this season at 26.82 seconds according to the psych sheet. Wilkins is also fourth in the 100 breast with a time of 57.74 seconds and Emilio Vicioso '23 is right behind him in fifth in 57.91 seconds.


Men's and Women's Track & Field

MARC DENEAULT INVITATIONAL
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.
Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Live Results

Just the Facts: The invitational is held at Barton Hall. The non-team scoring meet begins at 10 a.m. with the men's and women's weight throw. The track events start at 10:15 with the men's 3,000-meter run.

Who to Watch: Hamilton's Emily Dunetz '21 finished first in the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.99, Liza Greene '22 took the top spot in the women's 1,000-meter run in 3:11.52 and Andrea Shipton '22 captured first place in the women's pole vault with a height of 3.30 meters (10 feet, 10 inches) at Colgate University's Class of '32 Invitational last Saturday. Ty Kunzman '20 won the men's weight throw and broke his own program record with a distance of 18.23 meters (59 feet, 9.75 inches). Kunzman moved up to seventh on the NCAA Division III Descending Order list. Nicholas Ng '23 won the 400-meter dash in 51.79 seconds and was part of the winning 4x400-meter relay.