Welcome to Linking Around the NESCAC on a cloudy New England Thursday after an uneventful Wednesday. But that won’t stop us. And now, the links:
Football | A phone call before all the offensive calls (via Press Herald)
BRUNSWICK – Sometime Sunday, before his real work begins, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride will place a phone call to Maine.
Gilbride won’t be talking about how Eli Manning can avoid the pass rush of New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork, or how his receivers can get open for another Super Bowl-winning catch. Gilbride will want to know how the Bowdoin men’s basketball team did.
“The last two weekends, in the afternoon the phone is ringing and it’s Kevin,” said Tim Gilbride. “He’s asking ‘How’d it go this weekend?’ Both times it’s a couple of hours before his game.”
Men’s Basketball | Jumbos ride the Ferris wheel to wild victory (via Tufts Daily)
Freshman guard Ben Ferris was almost the goat on Tuesday. With 0.2 seconds left in regulation and Tufts leading 74−73, he was called for a loose−ball foul. But UMass Dartmouth made just one of two at the line, giving Ferris another chance and sending the game to overtime.
By the end of the extra period, Ferris was the hero. He stole two passes and sank four free throws in the final 10 seconds, leading the Jumbos to their most thrilling win of the season, 84−82. In the extra session, the Corsairs took an 82−78 lead with just two minutes left. But after sophomore guard Kwame Firempong sank a jumper to decrease the margin to two, Ferris pushed his game to a completely different level.
Ice Hockey | Surging Bowdoin coming of age (via Maine Hockey Journal)
In its second game of its season, back in November, Bowdoin traveled to Middlebury and got embarrassed, 7-1.
There was nothing nebulous about it. The Polar Bears gave up three goals in each of the first two periods, got outshot by a 2-to-1 margin and were forced to make peace with a very unfulfilling opening weekend.
Flash forward two months, practically to the day. In the rematch, it was Bowdoin scoring twice in each of the first two periods against Middlebury and holding a big edge in shots in a 5-0 home win.
What can we glean from that? Plenty.
Women’s Lacrosse | Preseason IWLCA poll released, 8 NESCAC teams in top 20 (via IWLCA)
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