Sat Dec 03
12:00 PM
Wellesley
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Sat Dec 03
1:00 PM
WPI
at Fitchburg St.
Sat Dec 03
1:00 PM
MIT
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Sat Dec 03
1:00 PM
WPI
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Sat Dec 03
1:00 PM
Clark
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Sat Dec 03
2:00 PM
Westfield St.
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Sat Dec 03
2:00 PM
Connecticut Col.
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Sat Dec 03
2:00 PM
Babson
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Sat Dec 03
3:00 PM
Worcester St.
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Sat Dec 03
3:00 PM
Emerson
at Amherst
Sat Dec 03
4:00 PM
Babson
vs. Tufts
@ Waltham, Mass. Big 4 Challenge
Sat Dec 03
4:00 PM
Connecticut Col.
at Coast Guard
Mon Dec 05
7:00 PM
Lasell
at MIT
Mon Dec 05
7:00 PM
Brandeis
at Babson
Mon Dec 05
7:00 PM
Coast Guard
at Trinity (Conn.)
Tue Dec 06
7:00 PM
Lesley
at Emerson
Tue Dec 06
7:00 PM
Fitchburg St.
at Clark
Tue Dec 06
7:00 PM
Emmanuel (Mass.)
at MIT
Tue Dec 06
7:00 PM
MCLA
at WPI
Tue Dec 06
7:30 PM
Emerson
at Connecticut Col.
Wed Dec 07
6:00 PM
Coast Guard
at Merchant Marine
Wed Dec 07
7:00 PM
Bridgewater St.
at Wheaton
Wed Dec 07
7:00 PM
Springfield
at Trinity (Conn.)
Wed Dec 07
7:00 PM
Wheaton
at MIT
Wed Dec 07
7:00 PM
Wellesley
at Babson
Wed Dec 07
7:00 PM
Springfield
at Mount Holyoke
Wed Dec 07
7:00 PM
Clark
at Coast Guard
Wed Dec 07
7:00 PM
WPI
at Smith
Thu Dec 08
5:30 PM
Emerson
at Gordon
Thu Dec 08
7:00 PM
Framingham St.
at Clark
Thu Dec 08
7:00 PM
MIT
at Rhode Island Col.
Thu Dec 08
7:00 PM
Babson
at Amherst
Fri Dec 09
6:00 PM
Wheaton
at Newbury College
Fri Dec 09
7:00 PM
Emerson
at Brown
Ivy League Digital Network
Sat Dec 10
1:00 PM
Wheaton
at Pine Manor
Sat Dec 10
1:00 PM
Western New Eng.
at Clark
Sat Dec 10
1:00 PM
WPI
at Salem St.
Sat Dec 10
1:00 PM
Clark
at Nichols
Sat Dec 10
1:00 PM
Worcester St.
at Springfield
Sat Dec 10
1:00 PM
MIT
at Simmons
Sat Dec 10
1:00 PM
Emerson
at Lasell
Sat Dec 10
1:00 PM
Mount Holyoke
at St. Joseph (Conn.)
Sat Dec 10
3:00 PM
Williams
at Springfield
Sun Dec 11
1:00 PM
Curry
at Emerson
Tue Dec 13
6:00 PM
MIT
at Framingham St.
Tue Dec 13
7:00 PM
MIT
at Mass.-Dartmouth
Tue Dec 13
7:00 PM
Suffolk
at Clark
Tue Dec 13
7:00 PM
Emerson
at Tufts
Wed Dec 14
7:00 PM
Amherst
at Springfield
Wed Dec 14
7:00 PM
Wentworth
at Emerson
Thu Dec 15
7:00 PM
Smith
at Bridgewater St.
Fri Dec 16
7:00 PM
Springfield
at Westfield St.
Sat Dec 17
2:00 PM
Me.-Presque Isle
at Coast Guard
Mon Dec 19
1:00 PM
WPI
at Bates
Tue Dec 20
12:00 PM
Wheaton
vs. MCLA
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Classic
Tue Dec 20
2:00 PM
Babson
vs. Emory & Henry
@ Daytona Beach, Fla.
Tue Dec 20
4:00 PM
Washington College
vs. Wheaton
@ Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Cruzin' Classic
Wed Dec 21
10:00 AM
Wheaton
vs. Randolph-Macon
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Classic
Wed Dec 21
2:00 PM
Wheaton
vs. North Central (Ill.)
@ Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cruzin Classic
Wed Dec 21
4:00 PM
Babson
vs. Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Wed Dec 28
6:00 PM
Keene St.
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Wed Dec 28
9:00 PM
Emerson
at Claremont-M-S
Wed Dec 28
9:00 PM
Edgewood
vs. Clark
@ Daytona Beach, Fla.
Thu Dec 29
1:00 PM
Mass.-Dartmouth
at Wellesley
Thu Dec 29
1:00 PM
Bates
vs. MIT
@ Salem State University (Salem, Mass.) Salem State Holiday Classic
Thu Dec 29
2:00 PM
Salisbury
at Babson
Babson Tournament
Thu Dec 29
5:00 PM
Coast Guard
at DePauw
Amy Hasbrook Memorial Classic
Thu Dec 29
9:00 PM
Clark
vs. Lebanon Valley
@ Daytona Beach, Fla.
Fri Dec 30
TBA
TBA
at MIT
Fri Dec 30
1:00 PM
Salisbury
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Fri Dec 30
2:00 PM
Eastern Nazarene
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Fri Dec 30
2:00 PM
Mass.-Dartmouth
at Babson
Fri Dec 30
3:00 PM
Elizabethtown
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Fri Dec 30
4:00 PM
Smith
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Fri Dec 30
5:00 PM
Oberlin
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WPI Holiday Tournament
Fri Dec 30
8:00 PM
Emerson
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Fri Dec 30
5:30 PM
Clark
at Mass.-Boston
Fri Dec 30
5:30 PM
Middlebury
at Springfield
Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic
Fri Dec 30
6:30 PM
Coast Guard
at Roanoke
Cregger Tournament
Fri Dec 30
7:00 PM
Wheaton
vs. Trinity (Conn.)
@ Western Connecticut Hat City Classic
Sat Dec 31
TBA
TBA
at Springfield
Sat Dec 31
TBA
Coast Guard
at Roanoke Tournament
Sat Dec 31
TBA
Wheaton
vs. TBA
@ Western Connecticut Hat City Classic
Sat Dec 31
TBA
TBA
at Springfield
Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic
Sat Dec 31
TBA
WPI Holiday Tournament
at WPI
Wesleyan or Bridgewater State (1pm or 3pm)
Sat Dec 31
3:00 PM
Babson
at Chicago
Sat Dec 31
3:00 PM
Coast Guard
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A Better Way to Protect College Athletes

A Better Way to Protect College Athletes

The following article, written by Mount Holyoke College President and chair of the NEWMAC Presidents Council, Lynn Pasquerella, appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education on July 16, 2012.

After Dale Lloyd II, a first-year student at Rice University, died following an intense football workout in 2006, it was discovered that he had sickle-cell trait, which placed him at increased risk during heavy physical activity. He is one of 21 NCAA athletes who have died unexpectedly following intense practices since 2000—10 of whom were found to have carried the trait. Lloyd's family filed suit against both Rice and the National Collegiate Athletic Association to make sure that no other students or families suffered similar tragedies.

People with sickle-cell trait have one of the two genes needed for sickle-cell anemia. Generally people with the trait have no medical problems, but the blood cells of some carriers can become sickle-shaped during extreme exercise, making it more difficult for the blood to deliver oxygen to organs and muscles.

As part of a settlement with the Lloyd family, the NCAA now requires sickle-cell testing of all Division I athletes, and beginning in August it will extend testing to Division II athletes. This response raises serious questions regarding the extent to which organizations are justified in protecting themselves against liability at the expense of individual privacy rights. These concerns are at the forefront of public discussion for those of us with Division III athletic programs, as the NCAA pushes to extend its requirements to cover our athletes, too.

The NCAA says testing for the trait will keep athletes safe by raising awareness among carriers of the trait and their coaches. Yet the fact that the organization allows an opt-out from testing if players sign a waiver protecting their colleges and universities from liability suggests that the policy's paternalism is more liability-driven than in the best interest of the athletes.

Players who fear stigmatization or discrimination may feel pressured into opting out, knowing that being treated differently on the field will automatically send a signal to teammates and scouts. Once a medical condition is revealed, there are further risks in terms of insurance, employment, and future athletic opportunities. The fact that 8 percent to 12 percent of blacks but only a very small percentage of people of other races carry the trait adds another dimension and raises the specter of a disparate impact on a group that has historically faced discrimination.

Some medical experts have said that the NCAA's policy is an experiment that will allow us to learn. However, experimenting at the possible expense of the rights of students is a lesson with too high a price. The fact that the screening now takes place without intervention or counseling places athletes at further risk of misinformation and undue psychological distress.

Instead of mandatory testing, the NCAA should consider a policy that changes the training protocol for all athletes and requires aggressive education about the warning signs of life-threatening overexertion. The advantage of such a policy, which has been adopted by the military, is that it protects not only those with sickle-cell trait but athletes who are at risk of other conditions linked to death following extreme workouts. This surely seems preferable to requiring EKG's or CAT scans to ward off future lawsuits based on undetected aneurisms or seizure disorders.

The NCAA's attempt to protect athletes is laudable, but the new policy has social and ethical consequences that may well override the benefits, especially when the benefits can be achieved using a less restrictive alternative.

Providing information to all athletes and their families about the value of testing and the signs of risk has advantages over mandatory testing. Yet whether or not the policy is changed, the NCAA's recent ruling forces us to consider how far we are willing to go as a society in response to liability-driven concerns.

Lynn Pasquerella is president of Mount Holyoke College and chair of the president's council for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.