GREENSBORO, N.C. -- There were plenty of double takes throughout Albany International, Baltimore-Washington International and, finally, Raleigh-Durham airports Wednesday.
Double takes, questions, and a lot of "udderly ridiculous" jokes.
But what stood out most was the many, many people who stopped to talk with members of the Williams College women's soccer team -- the defending national champions of Div. III -- and coaches Michelyne Pinard, Sarah Raymond, Tressa Palcheck and Sarah Brink, who asked for the story behind the cow suits, the college, the team and/or all of the above, then asked for a picture because their daughter, niece, neighbor, cousin would be inspired by it.
There was also a highly-intense, spirited effort by many team members to perfect a dance routine, while countless others burrowed deep into studying. Oh, an a CBS-TV reporter from the Albany affiliate stopped by for a few interviews with seniors Sarah Hollinger, Lauren Brown and Kristina Alvarado.
Thursday the Ephs hit the ground running here, traveling to nearby by Hunter Elementary School at 9 a.m. to entertain 178 first and second graders with dazzling displays of skill, humor and knowledge. Maybe even some magic tricks with a soccer ball. Stay tuned. After that it's off to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro campus for a walk through on the game field. An early afternoon practice follows, and then some down time before an official NCAA team picture and banquet back at the hotel.
Of course, the Ephs are here for one main reason, a national semifinal contest versus Christopher Newport University (21-1) Friday at 7:45 p.m. You can watch that game HERE.
A couple of additional items of note. Seven members of the women's soccer team were named to the NESCAC Fall All-Academic team, including Ilana Albert, Olivia Barnhill, Nkem Iregbulem, Mikayla Kappas, Hollinger, Sarah Kelly, Aspen Pierson. To be honored, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be in good standing on their team with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40.
In addition, Alvarado was named to the NESCAC Fall All-Sportmanship Team.