A Storybook Season to Remember
Add to that several All-America honors, the men’s basketball team playing into the second round of the NCAA tournament and, of course, the women’s ice hockey team advancing all the way to the NCAA Frozen Four with Head Coach Emily McNamara named national coach of the year!
“It is gratifying to see our coaches and student-athletes compete with such drive and energy, and to have our community support them with such passion and enthusiasm,” said Athletics Director Jon Hind ’80. “Our deep pride for our Buff and Blue, always balanced with humility, is what is so special about our Hill. #LetsGoBlue!”
Here are a few of the teams and individuals recognized during the winter season for outstanding performances. Congratulations!
Women's Ice Hockey
The Continentals won a team-record 22 games (previous record was 16), recorded their highest finish in the NESCAC standings finishing in second place, and advanced to the conference championship final for the first time. Despite losing the NESCAC title to Amherst College, Hamilton received an at-large bid to its first NCAA championship and responded by defeating Nazareth College in the first round and shutting out Adrian College 2-0 on the road in the quarterfinals. That set up the Continentals to once again face off against NESCAC rival Amherst on their home ice. Hamilton’s storybook season would come to an end with a 2-0 loss in the semifinals.
Head Coach Emily McNamara
- Named the 2022-23 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Women’s Division III Coach of the Year as she guided nationally ranked No. 6 Hamilton to a landmark season. This is her first national award, and she’s the first Hamilton coach to receive it. McNamara is also just the second woman honored since the AHCA started recognizing a coach of the year in 2000.
- Chosen NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second time, having also earned the honor in 2017.
Defender Abby Kuhns ’23
- Named NESCAC Player of the Year. She is just the second defender to be voted to the honor since the award was established in 2002.
- Named a 2022-23 AHCA Division III All-American and was one of 11 finalists for the Laura Hurd Award, which goes to the AHCA Division III Women’s Player of the Year.
- Tied for the team lead with 15 assists and third with 22 points in 30 games. She led the Continentals with a plus/minus rating of plus-23 and in blocked shots with 33.
Forward Nancy Loh ’23
- Named a 2022-23 AHCA Division III All-American and to the first team NESCAC all-conference team.
- Led the NESCAC with 21 goals including eight game-winners.
Goaltender Evie Sheridan ’26
- Named to the second team NESCAC all-conference team.
- In her first year, she finished second in the NESCAC with a 1.41 goals against average and fourth with a .941 save percentage.
Hamilton shot better than 67 percent from the floor in the second half in a come-from-behind win over Colby College, 71-59, in the NESCAC championship game. The victory marked the Continentals’ first conference title since joining the NESCAC for basketball in 2011-12. Hamilton earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament where the team bested Montclair University 84-75 before falling to Johns Hopkins 81-71 in the second round.
Head Coach Adam Stockwell
- Named NESCAC Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a tie for first place in the NESCAC standings with a 7-3 record. Stockwell also earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in 2018.
Guard Teja Singh ’25
- Named to the second team NESCAC all-conference team.
- As a sophomore, finished the season 14th in the conference in scoring with 12.8 points per game; tied for ninth with 46 three-point baskets; and 13th with 2.7 assists per game.
Swimming & Diving
Head Coach John Geissinger
- Voted the NESCAC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year — the first NESCAC women’s or men’s swimming coach of the year from Hamilton since the conference championships began in 2001.
- Guided the women to seventh place in the NESCAC championships, their best finish since placing sixth in 2011.
Sam Karlson ’23
- Earned all-America first team honors in the 100-yard freestyle after finishing seventh overall at the 2023 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving championships with a time of 50.46 seconds.
- Named an all-NESCAC performer after finishing third in the 100 free final with a time of 50.62 seconds. She set the team record of 50.34 seconds at last year’s NCAA championships.
- Karlson is also part of the 200 free relay with Ashlyn Blessey ’26, Jade Matthias ’26, and Caroline Shen ’24. The foursome set a team record and earned second team all-America honors after finishing 12th at the NCAA Division III championships with a team-record time of 1:34.22.
Emilio Vicioso ’23
- Named an all-NESCAC performer after breaking his own team record in the 50 breaststroke and finishing second in the championship final with a time of 25.06 seconds. He also eclipsed his own team record and took third place in the 100 breast with an NCAA championships ‘B’ cut time of 54.67 seconds.
- Earned second team all-America honors for the 100-yard breaststroke in the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving championships, finishing 12th overall with a time of 54.70 seconds.
Forward Ben Zimmerman ’26
- Voted NESCAC Rookie of the Year and to the all-conference second team. Zimmerman is the third rookie of the year from Hamilton since 2000.
- Finished fourth in the NESCAC with 16 assists; tied for fourth with 23 points; and tied for third with three game-winning goals. The winger recorded seven multi-point games against conference opponents.
Defenseman James Philpott ’25
- Named to the second team NESCAC all-conference team. He led the Continentals and tied for 10th in the conference with a plus/minus rating of plus-11.
The Continentals received the prestigious Sloane Award from the College Squash Association. This national award is voted on by coaches and presented to the team that best displays the highest level of sportsmanship during the season. Hamilton also captured the honor in 2008 and 2010.
Tate Suratt ’24
- Selected to the all-NESCAC second team, which he also made in 2022. He led the Continentals with six wins this season, including four against NESCAC opponents.
- Along with his brother, Tobey Suratt ’26, reached the quarterfinals of the men’s open division in the 2023 U.S. Intercollegiate Doubles Championships.