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Amherst roster posted!

Amherst has posted its 28-member 2017-18 roster, with 6 freshmen and a 7th new player in junior Alex Einarsson, a goalie from Sweden. All 20 of Amherst’s players from last year’s roster who did not graduate in 2017 have returned for another year so no attrition.

Amherst kicks off the season this Friday (Nov. 17) at 7pm as it hosts defending NESCAC regular season champion and travel partner Hamilton.

Three NESCAC teams–Conn College, Middlebury, and Trinity–have yet to disclose their rosters for the 2017-18 season.


Trinity posts preview but no roster

Like Middlebury, Trinity has posted a preview for the 2017-18 season but has yet to release its roster for the season . .

Middlebury preview but still no roster

Here is Middlebury’s preview for the 2017-18 season, with a focus on returning players. The Panthers have yet to post their 2017-18 roster . .

Wesleyan roster posted!!

Wesleyan has posted its 25-member roster, featuring small senior and freshmen classes (just 5 each). There are several veteran forwards who did not return for another season (sophomores Dom Oliver and Matt Horton and junior Elliot Polur) although none of them saw much action in 2016-17. Otherwise, the roster contains the 6 newcomers listed in our database (5 freshmen and Hobart transfer G Tim Sestak) and 19 veteran players.

Wesleyan kicks ooff the season on Friday (Nov. 17 by hosting Conn College at 7pm and then hosts Tufts on Saturday at 3pm.

Four NESCAC rosters still have not been publicly disclosed: Amherst, Conn College, Middlebury, and Trinity.


Hamilton roster posted!!!

Defending regular season champion Hamilton has posted its 28-member roster consisting of 10 newcomers (7 freshmen and 3 transfers) and 18 veteran players.  All of the recruits listed in our database are on the roster and all 18 veteran players returned for another season. So a perfect record for the Continentals on the attrition front (as in no attrition).

Hamilton begins the season this Friday (Nov. 17) with a road trip to travel partner Amherst fir  7pm game and then returns to Clinton to host visiting Stevenson on Sunday afternoon (3pm). The Hamilton-Amherst face-off on Friday should be one of the better games of the weekend . .

We are still missing rosters for half the NESCAC teams: Amherst, Conn College, Middlebury, Trinity, and Wesleyan.

Williams preview

Here is Williams’ preview for the upcoming season. Williams kicks off its season this Saturday at 7pm when it hosts Bowdoin at Lansing Chapman. It should be an interesting year for the Ephs with assistant coach Mike Monti taking over the reigns for the year (HC Bill Kangas is on sabbatical) and facing the challenge of integrating a strong class of recruits into the line-up to replace the equally strong class of 2017.

Preview for the 2017-18 NESCAC season: Part I

[Here is the first installment of our predictions for the 2017-18 NESCAC season. The team predictions have been simplified by grouping the teams into three tiers or categories (top, middle, and bottom) instead of the 1-through-10 rankings provided in past previews in recognition of the difficulties of trying to draw micro-distinctions between closely bunched teams in an era of parity. The analyses of each team are provided in three additional installments: 

second installment
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fourth installment]

The preseason predictions for the top-tier finishers in the NESCAC regular season are Trinity, Hamilton, Amherst, and Wesleyan, with Trinity having a definite edge for the no. 1 spot over the other three. (Trinity has won back-to-back NESCAC championships from the no. 2 spot (2016) and the no. 3 spot (2017) but tends to underperform in the play-offs when it is the no. 1 seed (losing in the semifinals and the quarterfinals in 2014 and 2015).) The next group of finishers after the top four (middle-tier finishers in the 5th through 7th spots) are likely to be Tufts, Williams, and Colby. Bunched together in the bottom tier (8th through 10th spots) are Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Connecticut College. As is the case in an era of parity, there is not much difference among the teams in each tier and plenty of opportunity for teams to move up a tier with a better-than-expected performance.

Teams with the biggest question marks are Conn College, which lost 38% of its points and 41% of its goals to graduation (these losses are less than the Camels experienced last year when it lost the first of two high-scoring classes to graduation in 2016), and Williams, which returns the least experienced roster (it lost 41% of game experience to graduation), followed by Colby and then Trinity. Conversely, teams with experienced rosters include Amherst and Middlebury, with Amherst losing only 10% of game experience to graduation and Middlebury losing just 15%. Similarly, the team that returns the most offensive production is Trinity (98 points in spite of heavy graduation losses), followed by Wesleyan (94 points). Continue reading