BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off its 10th straight United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championship appearance last winter, the Babson College men's alpine ski team is primed to continue its regional and national success in 2018.
LEADER OF THE PACK
Second-year head coach Sam Bensley returns after leading the Beavers to a second-place finish in the MacConnell Division regular season standings and a sixth-place showing at nationals last winter. Additionally, he became the first first-year head coach in program history to lead the Green and White to a USCSA regional championship, Babson's first since 2014.
Senior John Boland (Waitsfield, Vt.) enters the final season of his career coming off a 31st-place in the MacConnell Division individual standings last season. He has competed at the USCSA national championships in each of the last two years, and finished 24th in the combined standings at the 2016 event.
NOW FOR THE ENCORE
Sophomores MacIntyre Henderson (Park City, Utah) and Douglas DeLuca (Holderness, N.H.) put together two of the top rookie seasons in program history last winter. Henderson finished fourth in the MacConnell Division standings, first at the eastern regional championship and fifth at nationals, where he became just the third skier in program history to collect All-America awards in the slalom, giant slalom and combined standings. DeLuca came in third in the league standings and at the regional championships, and finished 14th at nationals to earn All-America laurels in the combined standings.
Sophomores Sean Robinson (Reno, Nev.) and Jack Blanchard (Dover, Mass.) combined to finish in the top 20 in 17 of the 20 races they completed last year. Robinson posted eight top-15 results on his way to coming in 11th in the MacConnell Division standings, and then placed sixth in the GS and eighth in the slalom at regionals. Blanchard finished 21st in the league standings and fifth overall at regionals, highlighted by a third-place showing in the slalom.
READY FOR MORE
After competing in just two carnivals on a team with four upperclassmen last winter, sophomore Eli Wolfson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) will be counted on to produce this winter. He recorded his top finishes of the season in the slalom (18th) and GS (29th) at West Mountain early last year, and came in 43rd in the MacConnell Division standings.
MACCONNELL DIVISION SLATE
The Green and White will compete six different venues during the regular season, including Okemo Mountain to open the season and both West Mountain and Whiteface Mountain in New York. West Mountain will host the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships in late February, while Babson hopes to make an 11th straight trip to nationals, which will be held at Whiteface in March.