Spring break has begun at Hobart and William Smith and many of the Colleges’ student-athletes have headed to exotic locales to fine-tune their skills for the upcoming season.
The William Smith soccer team will make its quadrennial trip across the pond for an 11-day playing tour of Portugal and Spain. The Herons will play several matches against international squads and will learn about the cultures and history of the region.
Other Statesmen and the Herons will practice and compete from Geneva to Palm Beach, Fla.
The 19th-ranked Hobart lacrosse team (2-0) will begin break in Geneva with a home game against Hartford at 1 p.m. on March 11, followed by contests at Binghamton on March 14 and Georgetown on March 18.
After a weekend of racing, the HWS sailing team will go to Virginia Beach, Va., for a week of practice before turning into the wind for another weekend of racing.
Staying on the water, the Hobart and William Smith crew teams will spend the break week training in Gainesville, Ga., an hour outside of Atlanta. While the 2005 Liberty League Championships were cancelled due to the weather, the Statesmen and Herons sport the reigning Varsity-8s of the Year, making them the preseason favorites in the chase for the 2006 conference title.
The Colleges’ tennis teams will take to the courts in Hilton Head, S.C. The Herons (6-5), who play most of their schedule in the fall, have three matches scheduled for their seven-day stay The Statesmen (1-3), who are just beginning the main portion of their schedule, will square off in five matches.
The Hobart golf team will make its first Spring Break trip to Orlando, Fla. The Statesmen enjoyed a very successful fall, placing third in the conference championship, and are eyeing its first invitation to the NCAA Championships this spring.
The William Smith lacrosse team will have the distinction of traveling the farthest south, spending the break in Palm Beach, Fla. The 19th-ranked Herons open their 2006 slate against No. 13 Franklin & Marshall on March 14, followed two days later by a showdown against No. 8 Bowdoin.