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Attention senior job-seekers!

Do you like sports? Would you like to stay at Wes next year?

The Wes sports information office is looking to hire a graduating senior to serve as an assistant in the office for the 2012-13 school year. The assistant will help in all facets of the operation including, but not limited to, game program production, web site updates, Facebook page management, in-game statistical coverage and post-game results distribution, and feature writing. Knowledge of a variety of software applications (Word, Excel, InDesign, Photoshop, etc.) very helpful but these will be learned on the job otherwise. Also, prior knowledge of Wesleyan’s Cascade web manager is ideal, but again, it will be learned.

Interested? Contact Brian Katten ’79, Wesleyan SID, at bkatten@wes for more info and formal application procedures. Also, feel free to contact current intern Ben Cohen ’10 (me) at bscohen@wes for more information.

Men’s basketball to host NESCAC Quarterfinal

For the first time since 2003–and the first time ever in the Silloway Gym era–Wes men’s basketball will host a NESCAC first-round playoff game. Wes, which set a program record for wins this season (19)–in the process becoming the first NESCAC team ever to go from ninth to third place, and just the second ever to host a playoff game a year after missing the tournament–will take on Bowdoin at 3:00 Saturday. Wes defeated Bowdoin 74-61 in Maine last Friday, but Bowdoin has never lost in Silloway Gym, including a one-point win on the last day of the 2010-11 regular season.

Admission will be free with a Wes student ID. As they said in high school…”BE LOUD. BE PROUD.”

Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: Silloway Gym
Cost: FREE with Wes student ID ($3 for adults, $1 for visiting students)

Family Hoops Day at Freeman

If you haven’t noticed–and with today marking the end of winter break, odds are you haven’t–Wes men’s basketball is having a pretty kickass year, currently sporting a 14-5 record with a pair of wins over teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. Friday the 13th proved to be quite lucky for the Cards, who earned their largest win over Williams since 1985 with a 66-43 romp. Wes followed that with a three-point loss to Middlebury–the nation’s #1 team–and then a thrilling 68-67 win over Amherst (#4 nationally) and a 58-57 win over Tufts on Shasha Brown’s ’13 buzzer-beater.

Wes will host Connecticut College this Saturday as part of Family Hoops Day at Freeman; this is one of only two home conference games post-break (the other being a Super Bowl Sunday double-header against Hamilton). Both the Wes men and women (who, at 11-5, aren’t doing too shabbily themselves) will be looking to avenge losses to Conn that effectively did in their playoff hopes last season.

This is both teams’ first chance to play a conference game in front of the home fans this season. Come out and make sure the atmosphere is electric for what should be a great day of basketball!

Date: Saturday, Jan. 28
Time: 2 pm (women’s game)/4 p.m. (men’s game)
Place: Silloway Gym, Freeman

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Men’s Soccer Wins Little Three Title

Adam Purdy '13

For the first time since 1992, Wes men’s soccer stands alone atop the Little Three following today’s 0-0 tie at Amherst. Combined with a 2-1 double-overtime win over Williams on Sept. 24, Wes went 1-0-1 in Little Three play to best Amherst (0-0-2) and Williams (0-1-1). (Of note, this was the first time since 1984 that the Ephs went winless in Little Three play.)

Standout goalkeeper Adam Purdy ’13 (photo) had seven saves in today’s game, his 10th shutout of the season and 23rd of his career (he owns the school records in both categories), and now sports a NESCAC-leading 0.29 goals-against average. Wes is the only team so far this season to shut out Amherst, which entered the game averaging 2.58 goals per game and had been held under two goals only three times in its previous 15 games (dating to last season). Wes is now 10-0-3, the best start in program history.

So what’s next? The Cards will host Trinity on Wednesday on Jackson Field, and a win gives Wes the top seed in the NESCAC–and an undefeated regular season–for the second time in the last three years. Wes has also clinched a first-round home game in the NESCAC tournament, to be played next Saturday. GO WES!!

(Photo courtesy Peter Stein ’84.)

Get paid to watch football!

Do you like football? More importantly, do you want to get paid $25 and receive free food for watching football?

The Wes athletic department is currently need of someone to keep defensive statistics at our four home games this season, starting with Saturday’s game against Middlebury. Your job would be to sit in the press box and identify the defensive players on each tackle (and blocked kick/punt, should there be one). The pay is $25 per game, plus indulgence in the free coffee/hot dogs/donuts/pretzels/Bon Appetit box lunches in the press box.

No prior experience with stats is necessary, though basic knowledge of football would obviously help.

Interested? Contact Wes sports information director Brian Katten ’79 at bkatten@wes.

(EDIT: We have filled the position. Thanks to everyone who responded!)

Men’s hockey upsets top-seeded Hamilton in NESCAC Tourney

Wes men’s ice hockey got its first-ever NESCAC tournament win in a big way this afternoon, heading to Hamilton and rolling past the top-seeded Continentals 5-2. (Hamilton had gone 4-1-4 agains the NESCAC in the regular season (losing only 3-2 at Wes in the season’s second game.) Wes trailed 1-0 before the game was 90 seconds old but forged a 1-1 tie at intermission and held a 3-1 lead after two periods. Hamilton closed to within 3-2 with nine minutes left, but Wes added two goals in the last four minutes for the final.

Tom Salah ’12 (lower-left photo) had two goals, including an empty-netter with 2:37 left that iced the game. Tommy Hartnett ’14, Nik Tasiopoulos ’14, and Geoff Mucha ’12 also scored for Wes, and Matt “Hurricane” Hadge ’13 (lower-right photo) had 33 saves.

This is just the second time in NESCAC tournament history that a #8 seed has upset a top seed; the other came last spring, when men’s lax beat top-seeded Conn. College 6-5 in the NESCAC quarterfinals. (In other recent upsets, 7th-seeded men’s soccer took down second-seeded Williams 2-1 in OT last fall.)

The Cards will take on none other than second-seeded Williams in the NESCAC semifinals next Saturday, as the Ephs were the only higher-seeded team not to fall victim to an upset today. The game will likely be webcast as well. Go Wes!!

Top-Ranked Wrestling Takes NEWA Duals Title

Wes wrestling traveled to Bridgewater State yesterday for the annual NEWA Duals and came away with its first-ever championship in the 11-year history of the event, topping its second-place finish in 2002. After a first-round bye, the second-seeded Cards rolled past Coast Guard 37-6, then trounced second-seeded Williams 28-7 (including a one-point penalty on Williams for unsportsmanlike conduct) and upended Plymouth State 24-12 in the title match.

Four Cardinals were undefeated on the afternoon: 125-pounder Chris Alvanos ’11 (top-left photo), 133-pounder Maika Nagata ’13 (top-right photo), 149-pounder Howard Tobochnik ’13 (lower-right photo), and heavyweight Dan Conroy ’11 (lower-left photo). Alvanos, who is 12-0 in dual matches this season and ranked fifth in New England, beat the third- and fourth-ranked wrestlers in the region. Nagata had Wesleyan’s only pin in the championship match, and Tobochnik defeated the top-ranked 149-pounder in New England. Tobochnik currently holds the #4 spot in New England, and Conroy is ranked second.

Wesleyan is now the top-ranked team in New England and stands 9-2-1 on the year, and has established a new school record for consecutive wins (nine). The Cards have four matches this week: Friday at Western New England (which Wesleyan defeated 55-0 last season) and Saturday against Rhode Island College, Norwich, and Springfield, which had been ranked #1 in New England. The following Saturday, Wes travels to Williamstown for rematches with the Ephs and Plymouth State. Make us proud, gents!

Hurricane Hadge Makes Landfall at Freeman

Another day, another enormous win for men’s ice hockey. Fresh off the first win over Middlebury in program history, Wes took down defending national champion Norwich, which entered the game ranked third in the country, 5-2, thanks in no small part to 47 saves from Matt “Hurricane” Hadge ’13 (main photo).

After a scoreless first period, Wes was outshot 18-5 in the second, but four of the Cards’ shots found the back of the net as Anthony DePietto ’11, John Guay ’13 (who had the game-winner at Middlebury), Adam Kaiser ’13, and Geoff Mucha ’12 spotted Wes a 4-0 lead at intermission. After Norwich made it 4-1 in the third, Nik Tasiopoulos ’14 answered back 13 seconds later to make it 5-1, before Norwich scored again late.

Wes has beaten Norwich only twice in program history in 18 all-time meetings, having also beaten the Cadets 4-1 in the 2006-07 season. The Cards will look to make it three straight over Vermont foes Saturday when they host St. Michael’s at 3:00.

Vote Shea Dwyer ’10 for Gagliardi Trophy!

Another day, another honor for Shea Dwyer ’10. Having already set school records for rushing in a game, season, and career, and received first-team all-NESCAC honors, Shea is now a player on the national stage as well, having recently been named one of 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, the Division III equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

The field has already been narrowed from 26 nominees to 10 finalists, and only four of those finalists will make the final cut. Each member of the 35-member national selection committee ranks the candidates 1-10 and submits his/her vote…but there are 36 ballots in all. Yes, that’s right, fan voting comprises the “36th ballot.” Voting is open now on; the deadline is this Tuesday (Nov. 30) at noon. Regardless of your views on athletes, anyone who knows Shea knows that there are few (if any) people here as deserving of this award. Besides, wouldn’t this be a nice break from constantly hearing about how we’re the Most Vegetarian-Friendly College? Gagliardi Trophy ballot down to 10