Mon Apr 24
3:30 PM
Clark
at Keene St.
Mon Apr 24
3:30 PM
MIT
at Clark
Rescheduled From 4/22
Mon Apr 24
4:00 PM
MIT
at Wheaton
Rescheduled from April 21
Mon Apr 24
7:30 PM
Babson
at Emerson
Campanelli Stadium, Brockton MA
Tue Apr 25
3:00 PM
Brandeis
at Clark
Tue Apr 25
3:30 PM
Johnson & Wales (RI)
at Babson
Tue Apr 25
3:30 PM
Endicott
at MIT
Tue Apr 25
3:30 PM
Connecticut Col.
at Babson
Tue Apr 25
3:30 PM
Wheaton
at Tufts
Tue Apr 25
3:30 PM
Connecticut Col.
at Babson
Tue Apr 25
4:00 PM
Wheaton
at Clark
Tue Apr 25
5:00 PM
Brandeis
at Clark
Tue Apr 25
5:30 PM
Wheaton
at Tufts
Wed Apr 26
3:30 PM
WPI
at Johnson & Wales (RI)
Wed Apr 26
3:30 PM
Clark
at Worcester St.
Rescheduled from 4/9
Wed Apr 26
3:30 PM
Keene St.
at Springfield
Wed Apr 26
3:30 PM
Wheaton
at Babson
Wed Apr 26
3:30 PM
Clark
at Coast Guard
Wed Apr 26
4:00 PM
Suffolk
at MIT
Wed Apr 26
4:00 PM
Wheaton
at Wellesley
Wed Apr 26
4:00 PM
Emerson
at MIT
Wed Apr 26
5:30 PM
Keene St.
at Springfield
Wed Apr 26
6:00 PM
Emerson
at Springfield
Wed Apr 26
6:00 PM
Smith
at Mount Holyoke
Wed Apr 26
6:00 PM
Babson
at Emerson
Wed Apr 26
7:00 PM
MIT
at Babson
Wed Apr 26
7:00 PM
Mass. Maritime
at Coast Guard
Wed Apr 26
7:00 PM
Springfield
at Clark
Wed Apr 26
7:00 PM
Wheaton
at MIT
Thu Apr 27
4:00 PM
Mass.-Boston
at MIT
Fri Apr 28
TBA
NEWMAC Tournament Day #1
at WPI
Fri Apr 28
2:00 PM
Clark
at Worcester St.
Rescheduled from 4/4
Fri Apr 28
2:30 PM
MIT
vs. Babson
@ Worcester, Mass. (WPI) NEWMAC Tournament - Game 1
Fri Apr 28
2:30 PM
Wellesley
vs. Wheaton
@ Springfield, Mass. NEWMAC Tournament Day 1 (Hosted by Springfield College)
Fri Apr 28
3:00 PM
Babson
at Bowdoin
Fri Apr 28
3:30 PM
NEWMAC Tournament - First Round
at MIT
Fri Apr 28
4:00 PM
Clark
at Worcester St.
Rescheduled from 4/4
Fri Apr 28
4:30 PM
TBA
at Springfield
NEWMAC Championship - Day 1 - Game #4
Sat Apr 29
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals
Best-of-3
Sat Apr 29
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals
Best-of-3
Sat Apr 29
TBA
NEWMAC Tournament Day #2
at WPI
Sat Apr 29
TBA
Springfield
at TBA
NEWMAC Championship
Sat Apr 29
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Day 2
Sat Apr 29
TBA
Springfield
at TBA
NEWMAC Championship Quarterfinals
Sat Apr 29
TBA
MIT
at TBA
Sat Apr 29
TBA
Springfield
at TBA
Sat Apr 29
TBA
TBA
at Clark
Sat Apr 29
TBA
TBA
at MIT
NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinals
Sat Apr 29
11:30 AM
MIT
at Bowdoin
Sat Apr 29
12:00 PM
NEWMAC Tournament - Semifinals
at MIT
Sat Apr 29
12:00 PM
NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Game #1
at WPI
Sat Apr 29
1:00 PM
Babson
at Coast Guard
Sat Apr 29
1:00 PM
Mass. Maritime
at Wheaton
Sat Apr 29
1:00 PM
Emerson
at Clark
Sat Apr 29
1:00 PM
MIT
at Springfield
Sat Apr 29
3:00 PM
NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Game #2
at WPI
Sat Apr 29
3:00 PM
NEWMAC Tournament - Semifinals
at MIT
Sat Apr 29
4:00 PM
Endicott
at Babson
Sun Apr 30
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals
Best-of-3
Sun Apr 30
1:00 PM
NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Game #3
at WPI
(If Necessary)
Sun Apr 30
1:00 PM
NEWMAC Tournament - Semifinals
at MIT
Sun Apr 30
1:00 PM
Johnson & Wales (RI)
at Clark
Mon May 01
3:30 PM
Western New Eng.
at Babson
Mon May 01
4:30 PM
MIT
at Saint Joseph's (Me.)
(Rescheduled from 4/2)
Mon May 01
7:00 PM
Emerson
at Mass. Maritime
Tue May 02
3:30 PM
Salem St.
at Babson
Tue May 02
3:30 PM
Wheaton
at Mass.-Dartmouth
Tue May 02
4:00 PM
Wesleyan (Conn.)
at MIT
Wed May 03
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals
Wed May 03
TBA
MIT
at TBA
Wed May 03
TBA
Clark
at TBA
Wed May 03
TBA
Coast Guard
at TBA
NEWMAC Semifinals
Wed May 03
7:00 PM
Wheaton
at Eastern Conn. St.
Wed May 03
7:00 PM
Springfield
at TBA
NEWMAC Championship Semifinals
Thu May 04
4:00 PM
MIT
at Southern Me.
Sat May 06
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Finals
Best-of-3
Sat May 06
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Finals
Best-of-3
Sat May 06
TBA
NEWMAC Tournament Day #3
at WPI
Sat May 06
TBA
Springfield
at TBA
NEWMAC Championship
Sat May 06
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Day 3
Sat May 06
TBA
Springfield
at TBA
NEWMAC Championship Semifinals
Sat May 06
TBA
MIT
at TBA
Sat May 06
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals
Sat May 06
TBA
Coast Guard
at NEWMAC Tournament
May 6-7
Sat May 06
TBA
TBA
at MIT
NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals
Sat May 06
TBA
TBA
at Clark
Sat May 06
TBA
Springfield
at TBA
Sat May 06
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals
Sat May 06
TBA
Coast Guard
at TBA
NEWMAC Finals
Sat May 06
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Finals
Sat May 06
TBA
MIT
at TBA
Sat May 06
12:00 PM
NEWMAC Championship
at MIT
Sat May 06
12:00 PM
WPI
at NEWMAC Tournament Championship Game #1
Sat May 06
1:00 PM
Springfield
at TBA
NEWMAC Championship
Sat May 06
1:00 PM
Clark
at TBA
Sat May 06
3:00 PM
WPI
at NEWMAC Tournament Championship Game #2
Sat May 06
3:00 PM
NEWMAC Championship
at MIT
Sun May 07
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Finals
Best-of-3
Sun May 07
TBA
NEWMAC Tournament Day #4
at WPI
Sun May 07
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Day 4
Sun May 07
TBA
MIT
at TBA
Sun May 07
TBA
Springfield
at TBA
NEWMAC Championship
Sun May 07
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Finals
Sun May 07
TBA
TBA
at Clark
Sun May 07
TBA
TBA
at MIT
NEWMAC Tournament Championship
Sun May 07
TBA
Springfield
at TBA
Sun May 07
TBA
Babson
at NEWMAC Tournament Finals
Sun May 07
1:00 PM
NEWMAC Championship
at MIT
Sun May 07
1:00 PM
WPI
at NEWMAC Tournament Championship Game #3
(If Necessary)
Fri May 12
TBA
MIT
at NCAA Regionals
Sat May 13
TBA
MIT
at NCAA Regionals
Sun May 14
TBA
MIT
at NCAA Regionals
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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.