I’ve spent part of the last month as a big basketball fan, rooting for the Nichols men’s team as it made school history.
I attended the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship game at Holy Cross. It was packed with far more Nichols than Gordon fans. I also traveled to the NCAA Round 1 at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey–where Nichols had wins over Middlebury and Rowan to advance to the Division III Sweet Sixteen for the FIRST time in College history!
The next weekend I attended two games at Amherst College. Nichols beat vaunted Amherst to advance to the Elite 8, but lost to Swarthmore, which ended the road for the team as they knocked on the door of the Final Four. In the Swarthmore game, the team was down by as much as 19 points. They battled back within 2, but ultimately lost by 4.
Three consecutive years as CCC Conference Champs is quite a feat. The team was a joy to watch this season. No ball hogs. Constant communication. Up tempo play that really rattled many of their opponents. I think we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Many of our sports teams this year have provided points of pride by competing strongly in the CCC playoffs. Women’s ice hockey had a terrific season and quite a turnaround from just two years ago. While it was not the year for men’s ice hockey, they typically take a run deep into the conference playoffs and have brought home many a trophy.
So has men’s tennis, which is another juggernaut to watch this spring. In the 8 years I’ve been at Nichols, they have accumulated quite a collection of championship jewelry and perennially make it to the NCAA tournament.
Student athletes comprise a large proportion of the student body. What’s more, their grade point and retention rates are above the overall average, so they truly take the “student” part of student athlete very seriously.