The 2015-16 school year marks the 20th year that Williams Sports Information has posted game stories online. To honor the accomplishments of all the Eph teams and individuals from the 1995-96 season, Williams Sports information -- ephsports.williams.edu/ -- will be posting a Throwback Thursday during the duration of the coming academic year.
The first Throwback Thursday posting occurred September 3. Each Thursday after that Eph fans following the Williams Sports Information Twitter feed (@EphSports) and /or Facebook (Williams College Athletics) will receive alerts and links to see these old game stories.
The 27th throwback Thursday from the 1995-96 academic year is about the men's golf team reclaiming the Little Three title. Due to prevalent inclement weather that spring the Little Three title came down to Williams versus Amherst at Taconic Golf Club in a 36-hole affair on May 6, 1996. A Scotch format was played in the morning round and then match play singles competitions were featured in the afternoon. Deadlocked 2-2 on the strength of the play of the teams of first- years Mike Szkodzinski '99 and Devin Redmond '99, and first-year Tony McCutcheon and senior co-captain Brain Lee after the Scotch portion, the Ephs turned it up a notch to edge the Lord Jeffs 7-5 in match play to claim their third title in the last four years.
The 1995-96 Williams Sports Information website does not look anything like the current website.
1995-96 was a year full of success for all Eph teams. Overall, Williams' teams combined for an astounding 416-118-5 (.776) record.
In addition, the Ephs won or tied 20 of 25 Little Three championships.
Eight different Eph teams enjoyed undefeated seasons.
Women's Lacrosse finished the year 15-0 and won the ECAC-New England Championship with a #1 national ranking.
Football completed its second consecutive unbeaten season with a 7-0-1 record. The Amherst game, a 0-0 tie, was broadcast live on ESPN2.
The 1995 fall season featured the men's soccer (17-0-2) and men's cross country teams capturing NCAA Championships.
The Sears Directors' Cup, a national competition sponsored in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) debuted in NCAA Division III play and the Ephs claimed the first Cup. The Directors' Cup is now sponsored by Learfield Sports and Williams has won an astounding 18 out of 20 Cups.
The Directors' Cup is considered to be emblematic of athletic supremacy.
Along with the many Eph team successes in 1995-96 Eph athletes and coaches also notched several outstanding individual accomplishments.
We all hope you enjoy this look back at a most remarkable year.