Stretch run!!!

Of the top 6 teams, # 1 Bowdoin has the easiest path forward, not just because it is in first place but also because it has the easiest schedule in terms of games at home (4) and smallest number of against top 6 teams (3). Whether the Polar Bears can capture the benefit of their scheduling advantage will depend on whether they can retain the steady focus they have had so far this season for those last 6 games and continue their disciplined and consistent play. No.  5 Amherst has almost as good a chance to help itself as Bowdoin, with a game against the # 1 Polar Bears and only 3 games against the top 6 teams but is disadvantaged by having only 2 remaining home games and starting from 5th place and 6 points out of first place. Travel partners # 2 Williams and # 4 Middlebury face difficult schedules, with 5 games remaining against top 6 teams, games with each other, and just 3 home contests. Travel partners # 3 Trinity and # 6 Wesleyan face equally daunting schedules, capping the season off with back-to-back games against each other.

The road ahead in the NESCAC for the stretch run (home games are in bold; games with a top 6 team are italicized):

No. 1 Bowdoin (4 home games and 3 games with top 6 teams):

Feb 1-2: Amherst-Hamilton
Feb 8-9: Wesleyan-Trinity
Feb 15-16: Tufts-Conn College

No. 2 Williams (3 home games and 5 games with top 6 teams):

Feb 1-2: Trinity-Wesleyan
Feb 8-9: Middlebury-Middlebury
Feb 15-16: Amherst-Hamilton

No. 3 Trinity (3 home games and 5 games with top 6 teams):

Feb 1-2: Williams-Middlebury
Feb 8-9: Colby-Bowdoin
Feb 15-16: Wesleyan-Wesleyan

No. 4 Middlebury (3 home games and 5 games with top 6 teams):

Feb 1-2: Wesleyan-Trinity
Feb 8-9: Williams-Williams
Feb 15-16: Hamilton-Amherst

No. 5 Amherst (2 home games and 3 games with top 6 teams):

Feb 1-2: Bowdoin-Colby
Feb 8-9: Tufts-Conn College
Feb 15-16: Williams-Middlebury

No. 6 Wesleyan (3 home games and 5 games with top 6 teams):

Feb 1-2: Middlebury-Williams
Feb 8-9: Bowdoin-Colby
Feb 15-16: Trinity-Trinity

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