Significant Digits, Vol. 1, Issue 3
By D3soccer.com contributor
Some numbers are important — but fleeting — like a Dow above 22,000. Others are lasting, but less memorable — like the date of the last game the Browns won. In Significant Digits we will try to separate the numerical wheat from the chaff, helping find figures that tell the story of the Division III soccer landscape. Don’t worry, we did all the math for you.
The burning question on the nation’s lips for Week 5 was an issue of superlatives. Just how jumbo is a Jumbo? How mammoth is a Mammoth? And which one is bigger?
The NESCAC’s annual battle of the adjectives kicked off Saturday afternoon. Any matchup between Jumbos and Mammoths sounds inherently… well, big, and that’s before one considers that the past three national champions were represented in the affair. If size matters, Tufts came in with the narrowest of collective advantage as measured by their own sports information department (insert healthy dose of skepticism here): their average player is just a shade over 6’0” and tips the scales at a sturdy 172.5lbs (3/16” taller, and 1.36lbs heavier than Amherst).
On this day though, good things came in slightly smaller packages. Amherst was outshot heavily, by a 22–8 margin, but the hosts made a deflected 62nd minute goal stick and came away with a huge 1-0 win.
If you’re curious — and we certainly were — both the Jumbos and the Mammoths are larger, on paper, than the Little Giants of Wabash. We aren’t sure where a big giant would have come in.